There's been a lot of talk lately about a "fiscal showdown," but frankly, I think the conversation could use some shaking up. Politicians repeat the same dry talking points about an abstract debt ceiling, "discretionary funds" and tax implications for people making an embarrassing amount of money. It all makes the consequences seem far removed from the reality of our daily lives. But what's happening in D.C. right now isn't just about numbers, and isn't just important to talking heads. This is something different altogether.