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U.S. will hit debt limit on Dec. 31,
Treasury Department says

Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/26/2012 5:47:43 PM

The U.S. government will hit the $16.4 trillion federal debt limit on Monday and turn to “extraordinary measures” to continue borrowing, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, beginning a countdown until Congress either passes legislation to allow for more borrowing or the government defaults on its debt. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in a letter to senior lawmakers that the Treasury would begin to undertake “extraordinary measures” in order to forestall default. Geithner said the measures could create about $200 billion in additional funding available to the government – giving

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: chiller, 12/26/2012 5:49:35 PM     (No. 9084794)

This is why he returned to DC. This one could put him behind the 8 ball. Time to turn up the heat.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/26/2012 5:50:34 PM     (No. 9084798)

I question the timing.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: grayjay, 12/26/2012 5:55:56 PM     (No. 9084803)

Oh, not to worry. Congress will just add a few more trillion on the debt ceiling and have another deadline next year. They´ll also "fix" the fiscal cliff, by extending the deadlines another few months. That way, we who try to make financial plans and live by budgets (unlike the bozos in DC) will continue to try to make decisions in the midst of total uncertainty. Obama and all of Congress (both parties) should be fired for dereliction of duty and incompetence.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pedro4, 12/26/2012 5:56:16 PM     (No. 9084804)

Another chance for Boehner to lay down in the fetal position and suck his thumb.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 12/26/2012 5:59:28 PM     (No. 9084806)

Now the House has the power. Will the Speaker stand firm or fold over like a limp stock of broccoli?

I say refuse to raise the limit and starve the Beast

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 12/26/2012 5:59:44 PM     (No. 9084808)

Let US not forget the looming dock strike, expected to really cripple our economy this weekend. And any other items on his list of domestic and foreign policies 0bama ignores while his inauguration approaches.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/26/2012 6:13:08 PM     (No. 9084820)

Frankly, I don´t think he gives a damn. Long term plans to damage, weaken and then reorder the country in a socialist pattern are like a bulldozer in front of which deficit, debt limit, default etc. are like bumps in the road.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Coach, 12/26/2012 6:16:31 PM     (No. 9084827)

As if this matters one iota to this government (both sides). Forward!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: horacer, 12/26/2012 6:16:50 PM     (No. 9084828)

Same things Timmy did last summer. Real deadline is about March 1. And Obama can keep tax rates at current levels without a deal for about the same time. I´m expecting a Groundhog Day compromise. Happy New Year.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 12/26/2012 6:29:09 PM     (No. 9084843)

No more raising the debt level...PERIOD. Get some gonads, Republicans!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: javaboy, 12/26/2012 6:30:22 PM     (No. 9084848)

Much noise will be made... and then nothing substantial will happen.

Either: the ceiling will be raised with no real cuts -- promised future cuts are not real and never materialize.

Or: the ceiling will not be officially raised, but something else will take its place (i.e. printing more money, some executive order, or nothing) and the MSM will ignore it. If that happens, then expect it to continue (and accelerate) forever since the administration will have no limits on what it can spend since there will be no consequences it needs to worry about.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lylacat, 12/26/2012 6:32:40 PM     (No. 9084852)

0bama does not have a clue when it comes to the economy; he is asking that we give him an unlimited debt ceiling; he does not intend to stop spending. The democrats have not passed a budge in four years. Spend, spend, spend. Taxes, well, they will just raise taxes and increase spending. Americans getting all the free stuff love this man.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bassman, 12/26/2012 6:52:51 PM     (No. 9084887)

Boehner should have a press conference tonight and announce:
1)no more negotiations in private. Everything to be broadcast on C Span for the American public to see. Explain how the president is not negotiating in good faith and the American people deserve to know what is going on.
2)No more raising on the debt ceiling, period. The House will vote for a bill that includes raising taxes for the millionaires(got to give Obama something) and must also include significant cuts in spending.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/26/2012 7:02:14 PM     (No. 9084894)

Taxes go up 452 billion Jan 1. All Obama needs to do is match the new revenue with 3 dollars in cuts for every dollar in revenue. Then he won´t need a new spending limit and will immediately start cutting the deficit. Since they so far have only proposed 100 billion in cut next year, he only needs 1.25 trillion additional cuts for 2013.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: phx4546, 12/26/2012 7:04:51 PM     (No. 9084896)

...and timmy said he will tap the pension funds and pay them back later.

When I went to school this is borrowing and creating debt? How come that doesn´t count against the debt limit?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: noproblems, 12/26/2012 7:06:16 PM     (No. 9084897)

time to put the federal government on the ten year plan. Allow for ten months of deficit spending this year, nine months next year, eight months the following year etc.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/26/2012 9:02:55 PM     (No. 9084984)

What #2 said.

December 31 is just the 92nd day in the fiscal year.
It´s another manufactured crisis so another money-grubbing, power-grabbing, fear-mongering rights-denying, overwhelming pile of legislation can be jammed through.
After which, it will be proclaimed that a calamity was averted, with (natch) Obama the savior of the country.
Sound familiar?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: FormerDem, 12/26/2012 10:30:27 PM     (No. 9085086)

as long as the federal government has the resources to maintain surveillance on lunches packed by moms in North Dakota, the federal government is over-resourced. They do many many good things, but many many of those could be done by the states. Better.

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