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It's Come to This: GOP Rep Introduces Bill to Block Trillion Dollar Coin Scheme

A trillion-dollar coin minted out of thin air is a ridiculous scam. Saying "Give us what we want or we will make the Government default on it's debt!" is likewise a ridiculous scam. So, I guess maybe the two things will cancel each other out?
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 4:44 PM
If they do, then I say that's a GOOD thing! The only way we will ever resolve our debt crisis is by reigning in spending, that's at least five times as bif an issue as any tax increases we can hope for. The only way o cut enough spending is via entitlement reform. This is maybe not as complex an issue an Health Care Reform, but it's at least as contentious, it's not gonna be done in 2 months or six months.

But since the election, mostly we've just wasted time on POLITICAL THEATER!

"Give us what we want or we're going over the cliff!!" "NO, we don't want to!!" And we got next-to-nothing done.

And now the SAME THING is going on with the debt ceiling. It's DEFAULT, no SS checks, and TRILLION-DOLLAR COINS in the news, not...
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 4:49 PM
...not substantivce discussion on entitlement reform!

Under the most frugal, even the most miserly and draconian budget and reforms we could come up with, we're NOT gonna run a zero deficit in 2013! Or 2014! Or 2015! WE CAN'T KEEP HAVING THESE STUPID THEATRICS OVER THE DEBT CEILING OVER AND OVER AGAIN! NOTHING ELSE GETS DONE ON FISCAL ISSUES!

I'd rather see a trillion dollar coin. Maybe, as a compromise, we'll put Boehner on it.

I humbly proffer the ultimate companion piece to this morning's item, which quoted the President Obama expressing his irritation over John Boehner's incessant carping about some "government spending problem" the president is convinced doesn't really exist.  Ladies and gentlemen, it has indeed come to this:

Lawmakers are still positioning themselves for a debt ceiling fight in a few months, but one Republican congressman wants to snuff out a particular idea immediately: the U.S. Treasury minting $1 trillion platinum coins to avert a debt ceiling showdown. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has introduced a bill to...