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Debt ceiling stalemate
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Business leaders from across the United States -- ranging from Wall Street monarchs to small-town family business owners -- barraged Congress earlier this week with the same message that many Americans would like to send: quit arguing and get something done about the debt ceiling and then the long-term fiscal discipline of this country. News reports indicate that a concerted effort from business people across the spectrum was aimed at Washington -- ironically, much of it toward Republican lawmakers who have benefited from business contributions in the past. The message was clear: the debt ceiling needs to be raised to deal with a short-term crisis, but this country must get its act together to head off a long-term catastrophe.

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