I'd like to point out, when she writes, "Clinton used the revenues that were coming in to pay the interest on the debt," that as Mrs. Lemer may recall, President Clinton raised taxes (i.e. revenues) rather severely on the upper income level taxpayers, and thus he had "revenues" coming in.
Today some of the Republicans fight against the word revenues, apparently to spare their base, the well-to-do, from paying more taxes, not realizing it is for the common good of all. They do not represent all higher-income taxpayers.
Many can see beyond their own self interest and want to contribute to the common good.
And the stock market, not just the "lying" Democrats, seems concerned about the debt-ceiling issue as well.
Carolyn A. Kennedy, Nova Lane, Menlo Park