By Eric Ferguson, Minnesota Progressive Project
In this article about the US House Republicans finally starting to get that defaulting on the debt is bad thing, there was this paragraph that explains a lot how we got to the brink of default, and thereby a lot about the modern Republican Party:
The warnings appeared to have softened the views of at least some House members who, until now, were inclined to dismiss statements by administration officials, business leaders and outside economists that the economic impact would be dire if the federal government were suddenly unable to pay its bills.
Think about that: Republicans refused to believe they were causing history's most easily avoided economic disaster (just raise the debt ceiling or eliminate the stupid thing, and this whole problem goes away) when told this by economists across the political spectrum, only the most doctrinaire conservatives excepted (which says something about them). They wouldn't believe the Obama administration, they wouldn't believe "business leaders", who must not have been the sufficiently right wing business leaders, and they wouldn't even believe the rump realists among congressional Republicans. They would only believe one of their own who was sufficiently off to the wacky right, Rep. Paul Ryan.