Troops in Afghanistan may have jolted the politicians into action when they asked Adm. Mike Mullen if they would be paid if a deal isn't reached on the debt ceiling.
Now that the noose is starting to tighten as Aug. 2 is less than two weeks away, Republican leaders realize that the time for posturing and grandstanding is over.
The debate over whether to increase the limit is in effect about a simple choice: will the U.S. government honor its commitments or stiff its creditors?
Gov. Bev Perdue found a voice in opposition, with several vetoes, including key ones of a budget plan, voter ID legislation and a restrictive abortion bill.
Contemplating President Obama’s announcement, “We Shall Overcome” began to play in my mind, and I realized how appropriate it is today. "Yes, we can!” and “We Shall Overcome” both convey the will to struggle in the face of formidable opposition.