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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

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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