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Updated Oct 7, 2013 - 6:36 pm

Final Word: What's worse than a shutdown? The debt ceiling

If you thought the government shutdown was bad, get ready for something a lot worse: the debt ceiling.

John Boehner said he has no intention of letting the government default on its debt, but he said it while maintaining that he will use the debt ceiling showdown to again try to force a negotiation on Obamacare.

You can bemoan the closure of national parks or the layoff of civil defense workers, but if the U.S. defaults on its debt, we as private citizens will feel the effects right away. And not because we can't get into the Smithsonian, either.

Because we can't buy homes. Or get loans. Big business as we know it will stop.

As much as I hate to point to polls -- because I think, too often, politicians rely on them to find out how they should feel about a certain issue -- I think it might be a good idea for them to check in and recognize that Americans couldn't have a lesser opinion of the job they are doing.

But if the U.S. defaults on it's debt, it won't matter what Americans think of Congress. We will have another recession to worry about. It will happen fast and take a long time to recover from.

Give up on fixing Obamacare. What it costs is nothing compared to what a default will cost. And it will cost all of us.

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About the Author


Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.

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