This is a great opinion piece in Baltimore Sun about Republican's insane demands
It looks like this whole debt ceiling thing is shaping up to be a huge "BLAME REPUBLICANS" drama if the GOP really goes through with their continued cycle of taking the nation all the way to the brink of shutdown and default. There will be no negotiating or capitulation on this. The only negotiation should be: "I'll give you a couple of small cuts only if you agree to raise the top tax bracket to 50%. End of discussion, clowns."
Forget the small potatoes of the continuing resolution, now they want to take the debt ceiling hostage, and their potential demands read like the right-wing's bucket list — not only to delay implantation of the Affordable Care Act for one year but to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, set a timetable for tax reform, block greenhouse gas regulations, reduce civil service pensions, eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and on and on. That it doesn't require the president of the United States to kneel in submission to General Zod of Krypton suggests only a lack of imagination (and perhaps that their membership isn't part of the Comic-Con crowd).
House leaders say stuffing the measure with all these "goodies" is the only way they can muster the votes to raise the federal debt limit by $1.1 trillion. Really? The GOP is so captured by wild-eyed fanatics that they'll plunge the nation into default, substantially raising the debt for many years to come, until everyone gives in to their demands?
Why don't they close the Capitol building and take the tourists hostage while they're at it? And that's not flagrant hyperbole compared to Sen. Todd Cruz likening those who allowed the health care reform law to pass and Germans who allowed Adolph Hitler to rise to power. It's getting increasingly difficult to tell the difference between the harm Republicans seem intent on inflicting the nation and any personal injury they might want to cause the innocent bystander.