Tea Party: Stop spending so much money!
Democrats: STFU, we know what we’re doing! OBAMACARE!
Tea Party: Okay, we’ll vote you out.
Democrats: ZOMG! We didn’t do a budget for like two years, and now we’re going to max out the credit card if we don’t up the limit, Granny’s gonna die!
Tea Party: Or you could, you know, live within your means. We’d actually prefer it if you’d decrease spending.
Republicans: Yeah! Let’s do that! Oh, but we need to up the credit limit anyway.
Tea Party: WTF? Why?
Republicans: Because the Senate won’t let us.
Tea Party: But you control the purse strings! It’s totally within your power to cut spending and not raise the debt limit!
Republicans: STFU NOOB!
Democrats: You guys are totally terrorists for wanting to cut spending. Also, if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, our credit rating will be downgraded. And Granny will die.
S&P: Actually, you’ll need to cut spending, too, in order to avoid a downgrade.
Moodys: What they said.
Dagong: Too late, Yankee Dog!
Democrats, Republicans, and Obama: Behold! We have a deal! And there are massive cuts.
Democrats: Republicans are evil, and these cuts are going to kill Granny.
Republicans: These cuts are awesome. We totally won!
Tea Party: Umm…these cuts don’t amount to much more than a rounding errror. $100b a year? And most of the cuts don’t come until like 8 years from now? If those were binding, wouldn’t the current budget be the one Republicans came up with in 2003?
S&P: Yeah, remember how we said you had to be serious about budget cuts? DOWNGRADE
Democrats: This is the Tea Party’s fault!
Tea Party: WHAT!? HOW!? We didn’t get anything we wanted! [facepalm]