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  •  You're right, but only to a certain point. (1+ / 0-)
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    Faithfully executing the provision of the 14th Amendment that you cite is somewhat of an esoteric issue shrouded in legalese to the common folk. Not having money to pay the troops, or send out SS checks, because of a R tantrum, not so much.

    Rather than hanging our hat on legal principles, I like your "line item veto" analysis of the situation:

    Debt limit not increased? Fine. Prioritize payments from the money we do have - pay troops, SS recipients - stiff weapons manufacturers, agribusiness welfare, oil and gas subsidies. "Poke" the crisis by shutting down public access to parks, for example, or mail service over a period of time.

    That'll bring them back to the table agreeing to pay the bills they themselves approved, imho.

    “I’m able to fly, do what I want, essentially. I guess that’s what freedom is — no limits.” Marybeth Onyeukwu -- Dreamer.

    by chuco35 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:05:29 AM PST

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