Well, the house of cards is coming down. California's new governor Jerry Brown is facing a US$25 billion deficit, and he is now proposing to cover half of that in painful cuts, and the other half with increased taxes. Tea Party winner Edward Mangano of Nassau County in New York kept his campaign promise and repealed an unpopular home energy tax on his first day in office. Now, the Nassau County Interim Financial Authority has seized control of the county's finances, because he is $176 million short. Still, the US Congress is nowhere near an agreement on whether to raise taxes to pay for the services (we're really just talking about four or five things that make up 75% of the budget) or to severely cut into those. There is no other way. Math doesn't care.
The core problem is not Democratic or Republican, but that the American people don't want to pay for the government services they want to keep, and are not smart enough to realize that the politicians either don't know, don't care, or are lying about this.