The money quote from President Obama’s press conference.
To even entertain the idea of this happening, of the United States of America not paying its bills, is irresponsible. It’s absurd. As the speaker said two years ago, it would be — and I’m quoting Speaker Boehner now — “a financial disaster not only for us but for the worldwide economy.” So we got to pay our bills. And Republicans in Congress have two choices here: They can act responsibly and pay America’s bills or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis.
But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The financial well-being of the American people is not leverage to be used. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.
And they’d better choose quickly because time is running short. The last time Republicans in Congress even flirted with this idea, our triple-A credit rating was downgraded for the first time in our history, our businesses created the fewest jobs of any month in nearly the past three years, and ironically, the whole fiasco actually added to the deficit.
I’m guessing that Republicans are foolish enough to play their game of chicken all the way to the last second hoping that Obama gets weak-kneed and grants them their grab bag of cuts to screw over the middle class. So far the president has given every indication that he’s hanging tough and will not pay the ransom. Nice.
If you missed Obama’s last press conference of his first term, you can catch it here.
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