(UNEDITED) The crisis has not been averted, it has been postponed. The United States is in a $15 trillion debt hole which is getting deeper at the rate of about $1.5 trillion a year. The Government borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends. Our national debt is about the same size as our GDP, so if we all stopped eating, commuting, paying our mortgages and credit cards, and sent everything we produce to Uncle Sam, it would take us a year to fill in the hole. The great compromise has only slowed the rate at which the hole gets deeper; the $2 trillion in cuts over the next decade, if realized, will cut less each year than the $400 billion annual interest payment. Austerity is the best we can hope for our economic future. The longer we continue to address the problem with talk, the more painful clawing our way out of the hole is going to be. In the immortal words of the River City citizens, "Our children's children gonna have trouble."