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The Horrible, Irresponsible, Catastrophic Default That Never Will Be

ITSTLN Wrote: Oct 17, 2013 1:38 PM
Its quite true that the default term is inaccurate. But the consequences of breeching the debt ceiling would be dramatically bad from any reasonable stand point. The administration/ media use of the default term is designed to eliminate any mention of "debt" in the analysis-a word which tends to alter the value equation in the voter's minds eye. But the "what's so bad about that" observation is a foolish question in practical terms. Start with the obvious: assuming an across the board cut every military function would be immediately subject to a 20% reduction,ditto every social security check, etc. It would immediately produce a recessionary impetus. Guess who would be blamed for these results? Never take an economic hostage you are afraid to shoot.
Dyadd Wrote: Oct 17, 2013 2:37 PM
Servicing the debt requires less than 10% of current revenues. Default was a phony threat. Republicans who failed to point that out are just dishonest.

As to military spending - we have not achieved victory in war since 1945.
It is now illegal to do that and we should stop sending troops out of the country until victory is made legal. Cuts to the military are fine.

But all cuts are at the discretion of the executive. If Obama chooses to cut SS let him.