I decided the best thing to do was . . . nothing. I guess if everything goes to heck in a handbasket, dollars will still be dollars. So, then my wife will think I'm a genious for having so much in cash and CDs and cook me a nice dinner. Otherwise, if nothing major occurs, my wife will think I'm a genious for not having over-reacted, and cook me a nice dinner. Either way, I get a nice dinner.
My daily irritation, however, is with the "default clocks" on the various news channels. Folks, if anyone hasn't figured it out yet, the August 2 date was set to coincide with vacations. Everybody wants to get this "issue" solved before the dog days hit Washington and vacations get interrupted. Or postponed.
The US of A won't default on August 2, August 3, or August 31. It might have to stiff some folks (as California did, with those IOUs) for a time, but they'll survive. If Boeing or other defense contractors don't get checks on time, they'll be happy to wait. They know the check will eventually arrive.
As for government workers, they can expect furloughs, but then (when the funds are there) go back to work with "back pay" for the days they were "furloughed". I.e., extra paid vacation. Watch what happens to the FAA workers recently furloughed for a template. I suspect they'll get their money as if they had been working all along. If so, I wonder if they'll be required to return any unemployment compensation received? What's your guess?
Pardon my cynicism.
PS: Was that a rant?