We are spoiled brats
It looks like one reason the Congress is having trouble devising a debt limiting strategy is the electorate is a bunch of spoiled brats.
Almost everyone (especially the liberals, progressives and the half of the citizens who pay no income taxes) has adjusted quite well to the nanny state and has become dependent on all the goodies Uncle Sugar passes out.
When Congress and conservatives try to set spending priorities to reign in the unsustainable national debt, there is an uproar from the portion of the freeloading electorate that would lose some of their favorite booty. Every one of those spoiled brats has their hand in the proverbial cookie jar. We are becoming like a Western European country sliding into an abyss.
Can the slide be stopped or have we already passed the point of no return?