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Can Republicans Win a Government Shutdown?

Bill258 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 9:31 AM
Not increasing the debt limit does not mean the U.S. will default on outstanding Treasury bills, notes and bonds. In fiscal year 2012, federal receipts were $2449 billion, 6.8 times the $360 billion interest on Treasuries. There is plenty of money to pay the interest. As existing Treasuries are about to mature, print and sell more Treasuries for the same amount to retire the maturing ones. The national debt will remain the same. newsandopinions dot net
If Republicans do happen to force a shutdown in Washington, it's very possible they'll be embracing a political loser while doing the rest of us an immense favor.

With three Washington-manufactured fiscal apocalypses -- sequestration, the debt ceiling and a new "budget" -- on the docket, the idea of shutting down government to extract concessions from the iron trap sometimes known as the Obama administration has gained traction among Republicans. Or, I should say, the idea of threatening to shut down Washington has.

Pat Toomey, John Cornyn and other conservatives have said as much, though they've littered their shutdown statements with comforting modifiers,...