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    It's undefined whether prioritizing debt payments over other spending is legal, and whether the government has mechanisms to do so. Even if it did, forcing the government to do so would cause political chaos as Republicans monkeywrenched the prioritization.

    You are technically correct. But since default is the (ahem) default outcome, and its immediate effects on politics and economies are effectively the same, default is the term to use in the messaging. Republican strategy counts on the specifics being too detailed for anyone but DC lawyers to understand on a few listens, and so messaging must use the default scenario in mass communications.

    If you want to discuss remedies to the prioritization scenario, then its details matter. Otherwise they're counterproductive.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 06:41:55 AM PDT

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