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Conservatives Should End the Debt Ceiling Debate

oscar77 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 4:38 PM
This is bogus. We won't "default on our debt". We will be unable to pay some of our obligations, but by law we have to pay our debt first. Debt does not equal obligations. Our Debt service is much lower than our obligations. Payment of debt service is mandatory, and we have enough income to do that. Payment of obligations is important but not required by law or Constitution. It is about time that the full meaning of all our bad decisions concerning spending come home to roost.
S_Watt Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 4:57 PM
This is just like when the school board says they will eliminate math if they don't get more funding that will likely be used for some values course or the county says they will have to cut fire fighters without more funding. The first and only thing they talk about cutting are the essentials, they wouldn't think of cutting the frills.
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