Mike the Mad Biologist

While one should never underestimate the rampant stupidity and batshitloonitarianism of the psychiatric wing of the Republican Party (which seems to be its dominant wing), I think Bill Mitchell’s take on the whole fiasco is dead on target:

With regard to the debt ceiling it is clear that there will be a “last minute” compromise and the last several weeks will have just served to demonstrate the appalling self-serving nature of American politics driven by deep ideological disregard for the underprivileged (including the unemployed).

It really is remarkable how there has been no discussion whatsoever of what trillions of dollars of cuts would mean for people’s day to day lives. Because that’s why budget deficits and reduction matter–it’s not an arbitrary number to be reached for its own sake.

Mitchell also has a good, albeit somewhat technical, description of how governments raise money through bond sales.

Comments

  1. #1 Tony P
    July 24, 2011

    Good analysis at the link you provided. In essence, much ado about nothing.

  2. #2 Sandy
    July 25, 2011

    Mmm. Interesting article, never thought about that.

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  3. #3 Flash-Invader
    July 30, 2011

    The USA is spending an eye watering $2.5bn a day (Yes a day) on fighting wars when the USA is not even under attack but they don’t seem to put that on the table when they talk about stopping people pensions who have paid for them all their lives.

    Click my name to see a full breakdown of this $2.5bn or if you don’t believe it’s really that high.