The folks on Morning Joe blamed the tea party. I blame republican greediness, thinking they could have it all just because they won mid-term elections. Ideological tea partiers, new to office, know no better. A brave republican leader, someone with years in Congress, should've set them straight, but republicans opted to follow the tea party. Republicans figured they'd eat the whole blasted pie.
If the debt ceiling was simply raised through the normal procedure, we wouldn't be in this mess.
The dismal debt ceiling news on top of slow economic growth really makes average folks out here in the US of A sick.