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  •  That seems to be a bit of an unfair response. (0+ / 0-)

    kovie is right, this President cowers when confronted with tough decisions. I think a fair assessment would be that he'd use the 14th Amendment as a last resort and shy away from your proposal. His advisors are risk adverse so I wouldn't count on them embracing anything controversial.

    •  Allowing default, when unnecessary, would be (0+ / 0-)

      extremely controversial.  And we're at "last resort" time.

      In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

      by Seneca Doane on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 02:21:14 AM PDT

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      •  This bill, if made law, would be just as bad (1+ / 0-)
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        Perhaps even worse, even if it plays out slightly slower. Sometimes giving in to a hostage taker is worse than letting him shoot the hostage. Because he was always going to shoot the hostage anyway, and now you've empowered him to go and take ten more and kill them too.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 02:26:32 AM PDT

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      •  I agree. I think everyone agrees that they won't (1+ / 0-)
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        allow default. The question is how to avoid it and I think they'll use the 14th Amendment before they consider minting a platinum coin. Though your idea is probably more prudent and would probably save us from an impeachment, I'd bet my last nickle that the Obama team won't go that way.

    •  His advisors, like him, answer to Wall St. (0+ / 0-)

      the MIC and the GOP. Period. They don't call the shots and never have. They just get to make nice speeches from time to time to make them feel useful.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 02:28:27 AM PDT

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