Although in some scenarios, the McConnell plan doesn't result in immediate decreases in the level of federal spending, it does deprive President Obama of the ability -- in the event of default -- to ratchet up the economic pain on Americans and then count on his friends in the media to blame the mess on the GOP.
There is merit in helping voters understand where the responsibility lies for the destructive tax-and-spend policies that are crippling the American economy.
[W]hen Obama threatens not to pay Social Security checks on time, the proper response of congressional Republicans should be to pass emergency legislation directing the Secretary of the Treasury to pay interest on the national debt, Social Security and Medicare, active-duty members of the military and government bond-holders before any other government bills are paid.
Of course, the Senate Democratic majority won't go along with this and even if it did, Obama would veto such legislation if it reached his desk. But that's exactly the point - Make congressional Democrats and Obama explicitly choose not to pay Social Security, et. al. so that the responsibility for that decision is clear
Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.
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