This is hilarious. The memorial is “closed” as part of the President's temper tantrum, but the security guard is still there anyway. What a joke.
John Hinderaker explains the operation of the deb ceiling:
So what will actually happen if Congress doesn’t increase the debt ceiling by approximately October 17? The government’s debt obligations will be paid, but reductions in other spending will start to become necessary. In effect, leaving the debt ceiling as is would function as a spending cut. This is why the Democrats hate the idea so much. They know there is zero chance of default, but they are horrified at the prospect that voters and taxpayers may find out that there is a relatively simple way to bring about spending reductions that would create, in effect, a balanced budget. Hence the hysteria.
I am trying to figure out if what Mr. Hinderaker says is true. It seems counter to what a lot of people are saying, but I hope that he is right.
Tip of the Day
Do not Instagram your ballot, especially in North Carolina.
Dennis Prager, writing on *National Review*:
> The history of left-wing policies has largely consisted of doing what feels good and compassionate without asking what the long-term consequences will be; what Professor Thomas Sowell calls “Stage One Thinking.” That explains, for example, the entitlement state. It sounds noble and seems noble. But the long-term consequences are terrible: economic ruin, a demoralized population, increasing selfishness as people look to the state to take care of their fellow citizens, and more