Agreed, Ms Charen. If we were not the world's sole superpower and also the world's reserve currency, we would be Greece. However, the republican establishment refuses to even look at the largest problem, which, in my opinion, is uncontrolled military spending. Yet the GOP nominated Romney, who wanted to increase military spending by 20%. Maybe that is one of the reasons why he lost. So-called entitlements need to be looked at with a microscope, but only after we bring most of the troops home. This, in fact, was the Ron Paul position.