Republican weeping and gnashing of teeth aside, the fact remains that the debt ceiling MUST be raised. Failing to do so will cause the United States to be unable to pay its bills and service its loans, leading to default, partial government shutdown, and likely another credit downgrade. Yet some conservatives still threaten to stand firm against raising the ceiling and take down the entire U.S. economy - and possibly the global economy - if they don't get the spending cuts they seek. Hopefully, Wall Street and other business sectors will step in if necessary, to convince Republican lawmakers that this default under any circumstance is a bad deal for American business. After all, the party that seems to bend only to the wealthiest Americans and corporations will surely listen to them, right? They may not care about the average American, but if default would harm big business, well then perhaps Republicans would take heed.