remind me, who was it that got U.S. credit downgraded? The same rethuglicans that are now pushing us to the brink of another financial crisis. PRESIDENT OBAMA is willing to put entitlements on the table and the GOP is not willing to do anything but sit there and collect checks from the banking and pollution industries. BREAKING: grover Norquist is fading into obscurity. The mandate was given to PRESIDENT OBAMA and the wealthy are going to START paying their share of taxes again. As the smart republicans learned, you can't win elections with koch bros money. Even Bill Crystal is in favor. Interesting how no one here is in the top 1% yet you want to protect the outrageous tax rates they pay which are less than yours.