WordNet Dictionary defines treason as: A crime that undermines the offender's government. Disloyalty by subversive behavior.
"The Economist", a widely respected "outside" voice, reports "the Federal government now has to borrow about 40 cents of every dollar it spends. A prolonged inability to meet 40% of its obligations would sow economic disarray, trigger litigation, and raise doubts about its ability to meet any obligations."
Closer to home, New York's Sen. Charles Schumer cites projected August revenues of $172 billion and obligations of $307 billion. This means that huge areas of government spending would go unfunded and we'd be faced with impossible choices. "If we fully pay Social Security, Medicare, the troops, and interest on the debt, you'd have no one guarding our borders, inspecting our food, or manning the air traffic control towers. America would come to a grinding halt."
Tea Party leaders in the House of Representatives such as Bachmann, Jordan, and Buerlke have opposed all efforts to arrive at a reasonable compromise which would significantly deal with the debt ceiling and debt reduction. In their extremist zeal they've even voiced their opposition to John Boehner's recent non-starter of a proposal. They openly advocate in favor of defaulting, consequences be damned. If the Tea Party prevails, the country faces grave financial harm, and as defined above, I would maintain their actions constitute treason. In the name of their extremist agenda, they're apparently more than willing to see their fellow citizens suffer. Disgraceful, to say the least. Is it also criminal?