Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money!<quoted text>
Quit kidding yourself....We aren't "paying our bills" now.....we're simply borrowing from anyone fool enough to still lend to us, and printing the rest ( about 50% of the total ).
When the day comes, in the not-to-distant future that we have to print 100%, and the rest of the world won't take a US buck for anything, we will find out the true cost of what we have to import and you'll see the standard of living here drop somewhere south of 3rd world countries.
All the Tea Party republicans are doing is attempting to slow this up.....I doubt they will be successful, there are way to many folks bitching and whining about "me...me....me", and eventually the merry-go-round will crank up for a while more.
But understand, the days of the American Empire are limited....these ARE the good old days.
When the real crisis of collapse happens it will be too late.