R.M. puts the debt ceiling debate in perspective:
The Wall Street Journal has a handy little feature that allows you to create your own deficit-reduction plan by selecting some of the different options seemingly on the table in negotiations between the White House and Republicans. One of the interesting things one notices when doing this exercise is how little is saved from the two options getting the most attention at the moment: raising the Medicare eligibility age, and sending the tax rates for top earners back up to Clinton-era levels. Yet these are the trophies sought by each party.
Fortunately, the Onion has a solution.