Blackmail isn’t negotiating. I know we all get one vote, but let’s not pretend that your Tea Party anti-intellectualism bullshit is equal to my education. Even this oversimplified article points out that Obama and Boehner tried to come to an agreement, but the zealots in the Tea Party instantly distain anything Obama comments on and loudly threatened to unseat Boehner if he didn’t fall in line. How can compromise happen when you refused to listen to one side and threaten the other? I don’t have any particular love for either party but the Tea Party has been running its affairs like a bull in a china shop and now we’re all paying for it. Might doesn’t make right, it makes tyranny.