On the off chance you thought we were only speaking metaphorically when we said the Republicans were holding the US economy hostage to exact their outrageous policy demands, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is happy to disabuse you of that assumption:
I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting. Most of us didn't think that. What we did learn is this -- it's a hostage that's worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done.