Republicans are doing with the debt ceiling is completely irresponsible. It has been called, rightly, holding the nation hostage. They are counting on Democrats being responsible and knowing that refusing to raise the debt ceiling would be an economic disaster, Republicans are seeing how much they can extort by threatening to shoot the nation in the head.
It's a sad, sick, sadistic display of partisan insanity. Part of me wants the Democrats to call their bluff and tell Republicans to go ahead and shoot the hostage. It's the only way to find out if Republicans are actual psychopaths.