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  •  It's not a lie (0+ / 0-)

    Dropping a nuclear bomb on Syria is technically an option.  Not mentioning it is not a lie of omission.  The platinum coin strikes me as a silly option that I want no part of.  Default would be preferable.  

    It might hurt in the short run, but if we can't do things the normal way then the system is irreparably broken and I would see crashing the world economy as the best way to scrap the Constitution and start building a less dysfunctional system.

    •  Just because (0+ / 0-)

      your intuition tells you it's a silly option; doesn't mean that journalists who know about it and who know it is legal shouldn't mention it, and should hype the cul de sac we're now in. It also doesn't mean it's a silly option. Why do you think it's silly? What are your reasons, or are you just labeling something you don't like?

      As for "the normal way of doing things," that's just plain conservative BS, and completely rigid, and mal-adaptive. The Constitution allows the minting of those coins. The 1996 law gives that authority to the Secretary of the Treasury.

      So, why shouldn't the President use a legal option to adapt to a difficult situation? FDR did that all the time. He innovated, and innovated, and innovated until things got better. There's no reason why Obama shouldn't be doing the same thing.

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