http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/us/politics/debt-reckoning.html#sha=055678dce? I guess we should have skipped the December 21 Mayan hysteria for December 31. Who needs automatically enabled austerity measures (or "fiscal cliff" for main stream media) when we'll have to resort to tricky accounting tactics to delay defaulting on our debt? As much as I want the austerity measures to go into effect as a bitter pill to entice reigning in the national debt, I would hope that Congress is able to lift the debt ceiling once more in time - and hopefully at an amount that won't dry up in 3-6 months. Something that gives us a bit more time to work things out (ideally 1 year minimum). Little lasting change can be done to the budget (furloughs and layoffs are the shortest of short term solutions) in such a short time.