It isn’t acceptable to me to punish the whole for those that are in the wrong in my own opinion. The fixation with a balanced budget often gets in the way of the real issues and puts an artificial sense of right and wrong. We need to elect people who are intelligent and understand that some things are more important than balancing the budget. It also, in my opinion gives the GOP a reason to stall any bills that the Dems might want passed, as we’ve seen before. It also leads to cuts in spending in areas that can not afford to lose more funding.