Even if a deal is struck at the last minute, or if President Obama raises the debt ceiling on his own, this controversy reveals a system in serious need of repair.
The problem is not so much a "gang of six" now making deals, but the gang that took over the House of Representatives and statehouses and governorships across the country last fall.
The rich continue to make out like bandits in the "six" proposal, according to economist Dean Baker.
In many states, Democratic leaders make cuts to social programs, putting a big hole in the safety net as the economic crisis and unemployment worsen - What to do?
Is it a train wreck? A gathering tsunami? Just a fake drama?
If we live in a country where some citizens' votes count more than others - in other words, in which "one person, one vote" is really not the standard - how can we claim to be a real democratic state? At best we have a limited and imperfect democracy.
A two-part response is needed to Eric Cantor and his fellow Republicans.
It is now 99 percent certain that the private economy is NOT going to cause the bad jobs numbers to change direction.
Major sections of capital believe the debt crisis gives them a golden opportunity to completely shift the costs of the "reproduction of labor power" to working people and break their fighting spirit.
Facts: the country is not broke and Social Security is not the cause of the deficit.