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We were told that unless we raised the debt ceiling the stock market would nosedive. So we did. And it did.

If America's bond rating is devalued from Triple A to Double A -- in baseball terms we will be the Toledo Mud Hens.


Flash bulletin from Mitt Romney's headquarters: Mr. Romney would have voted against the debt ceiling. He is against it, now that he has heard about it.

When that White House phone rings at 3 a.m., President Romney will say, "Please leave a message."

(E-mail Mark Russell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or write to him c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207.)