It's beginning to look a lot like the Mayan New Year:
The U.S. government will hit the $16.4 trillion federal debt limit on Monday and turn to "extraordinary measures" to continue borrowing, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, beginning a countdown until Congress either passes legislation to allow for more borrowing or the government defaults on its debt.
So once again, and sooner than thought, we encounter those five most terrifying words in the English language: "Beginning a countdown until Congress ..."
The degree to which the debt ceiling's somewhat premature collapse complicates the government's already deeply destructive, gratuitous gridlock is immeasurable. For years, contemporary Republicans have distinguished themselves as America's most destabilizing force since the 1850s' Southern Democrats--and now the horrible power of the GOP's threatened nihilism is effectively doubled.
As are the prospects of total war, which, like most wars, is being provoked by a bottomless fatuity. The post-apocalypse upside, assuming Democrats entrench? (And I do mean unwaveringly.) We won't have this Republican Party to kick around anymore, for it will have made history of itself.