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  •  It is possible he would make those types of (11+ / 0-)

    Choices but I think that it will be done on a pro rata basis across the board. It is sad but true that the best way to bring political pressure will be to affect the largest number of people and that includes seniors and, unfortunately, some of the most vulnerable. You can rest assured that if the Department of Health and Human Services  sends out a letter advising tens of millions of seniors that their Social Security checks are going to be reduced because of Congresses' inaction, the limit will be raised.

    Further, affiant sayeth not.

    by Gary Norton on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 12:20:51 PM PST

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    •  I agree about delaying SS transfers (8+ / 0-)

      Even the threat is especially scary. A lot of seniors get SS via an electronic bank transfer. And they pay a lot of bills by automatic electronic transfer. ANY disruption of timing in the system will result in millions of NSF events (and bank charges?) across the country.

      Did you ver notice how har it is totype accurately on an iPad?

      by RudiB on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 12:45:10 PM PST

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    •  I agree. (6+ / 0-)

      It's tempting to play games with funding Democratic priorities and not funding Republican ones, but in a perverse way that might stiffen the spines of the opposition.  It would certainly risk the perception of having sunk to their level.

      “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

      by jrooth on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 12:46:51 PM PST

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    •  I don't think that's very smart (8+ / 0-)

      and really not necessary. SS brings in enough to pay the benefits. That's not, and hasn't been, the problem.

      Suspend Medicare payments, maybe. Or reduce them to some degree.

      As for the contractors, that's just common sense. If you're having problems meeting your bills, you put off whatever you can easily put off, and paying vendors you can do without is one of those things.

      The programs the contractors are working on can be temporarily shelved, and payments caught up when the debt ceiling bill passes.

      But you don't screw up benefits payments, or military pay, or not pay employees until you have absolutely no other options.

      That's something that the Pres does have control over.

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