Monday, April 11, 2011

Debt Ceiling Hardball: Do It By District

Boehner is staking out an extreme position:
The president says I want you to send me a clean bill. Well guess what, Mr. President, not a chance you’re going to get a clean bill. There will not be an increase in the debt limit without something really, really big attached to it.
This is where executive power comes in handy. A good response would be to announce that anything but a clean bill will be vetoed, and the resulting inability to issue new debt will result in nothing but IOUs being issued to those in the districts of Congresspeople who opposed a clean bill. Or you could do it Matt's way, selectively defunding Republican interests rather than clean bill opposing districts.

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