Excessive borrowing and perfect credit ratings don't make countries great. People that pay off their debts do. American stewardship has degenerated wretchedly, descending from No. 1 in every category - academics, economics, faith. Now, so-called "conservative" journalists, politicians and citizens side with political profiteers in condemning the long-needed government slim-down. Their rationale? "America must pay it's bills!" "America is the greatest country in the world!" "America is exceptional!"