Consequences of Not Raising the Debt Ceiling

Hat tip to the National Journal

If Congress fails to raise the debt limit by August 2, the Treasury has only two options: It can default on its debt—meaning, stop paying its creditors around the world—or continue to pay creditors but halt any other federal spending above what the government collects in taxes. In effect, that would mean an overnight spending cut of about 40 percent.

Here are the choices:

1. Cut $125 Billion Per Month
2. Treasury Bonds Collapse
3. Cut Medicare and Social Security
4. Stock Market Plunge
5. Government Furloughs or Mass Layoffs
6. Sky-High Mortgage and Interest Rates


The Republicans would destroy the nation and millions of their fellow citizens to achieve their obsession with “spending cuts.” And they have the gall to consider themselves “patriots”!

Like everything else in their philosophy. It is upside down and inside out. These people are not patriots, they are traitors.

If Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling, will President Obama do the right thing and invoke the constitutional mandate that the nation “shall” pay its bills?

  1 comment for “Consequences of Not Raising the Debt Ceiling

  1. FRED BATES
    July 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

    That kind of depends on what you call “bills.” To a Republican, if a corporation owes money that’s ok. If a private-equity investor owes money, it doesn’t matter, because he will walk away from it at the first sign of trouble. If a COUNTRY owes money, it means the Government is “spending” money that its citizens could better allocate. Starve the beast!! Privatize everything! Let’s see, how much Navy can I afford on my own . . .

    Got it! I can pay for a stair rail on a guided-missile frigate. That makes me feel a LOT safer!

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