Editorial: In Washington, risky brinkmanship again

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 26, 2013 - 8:01 PM

To flirt with shutdown, default is congressional malpractice.

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hanson64Sep. 26, 13 9:06 PM

As the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented it will be obvious to the American people it has many advantages and benefits for the American people.

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jd55604Sep. 26, 1310:20 PM

A government shutdown would not result in a default on our debts. This is just another myth brought to us by the left. It would only affect discretionary spending not SS, military or Medicare. Bond holders would also receive what is owed to them. Raising the debt ceiling and creating additional debt is the more expensive option. It will end up raising our borrowing costs and result in the further debasing of our currency.

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barefootpaulSep. 26, 1311:08 PM

Raising the debt ceiling is NOT "creating additional debt". The debt was created when the spending was authorized in the first place. That was done by many who are now trying to hold it hostage by refusing to pay for the debts they incurred. They are irresponsible and should be voted out of office at the first opportunity.

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drichmnSep. 26, 1311:49 PM

" Raising the debt ceiling ...will end up raising our borrowing costs". No, defaulting on the debt will cause a credit downgrade and will result in raising borrowing costs.

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tandabuss1Sep. 27, 1311:23 AM

"Congressional malpractice." What an apt description!

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endothermSep. 27, 13 4:27 PM

By threatening to force the government to default on its obligations, Republicans are already costing tax payers billions of dollars in higher interest costs on money that has already been spent. These are totally pointless and completely avoidable expenses. Republican irresponsibility is hurting us already, and it will only get worse if they don't start acting like adults. It is time to contact Kline and Paulsen and let them know how unhappy we are with their behavior.

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liora51Sep. 27, 13 5:22 PM

And it is malfeasance.

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ivehaditSep. 28, 13 6:12 AM

and it is unconstitutional.

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owatonnabillSep. 28, 13 7:42 PM

"To flirt with shutdown, default is congressional malpractice" ............ Depends on which side of the fence you're standing. As jd55604 has already pointed out, this threatened shutdown affects discretionary spending: the necessities such as meeting bond obligations, SS, military, etc. would not be touched. However the reaction by the left is just another version of the old Throw Grandmaw Into The Street dirge they're so fond of intoning each and every time the money spigot is threatened. There are those of us who see a government shutdown for any reason as a good thing: the less time those elected (and appointed) yutzes spend in Washington, the less damage they can do. But owatonnabill is convinced that the real fear on the part of the left is not that the sky will fall if the government is shut down, but that it WON'T...which, if you're a Liberal, would be the worst of all possible outcomes.

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