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Paul Ryan Says He’s Not Playing Games with the Debt Ceiling, Which Means…

(photo: Bindaas Madhavi)

Republican Paul Ryan, on “Face the Nation” last weekend, tried to somehow claim Republicans posturing about possibly not raising the debt limit unless President Obama and Senate Democrats give in to their demands wasn’t “playing games” with the debt ceiling. From CBS News:

Ryan, in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, said Republicans did not want to “play around with the country’s credit rating” – but he did not guarantee that they would vote to increase the debt limit without “cuts in controls and spending going forward.”

“Nobody wants to play around with the country’s credit rating,” Ryan told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “Nobody wants to see defaults happening – but we also think it’s important to get a handle on future borrowing as we deal with raising the debt limit.

We know House Republicans are playing games with the debt ceiling because if a party weren’t, they would have already taken care of it. Or at the least made it abundantly clear they would take care of it in a non-hostage-taking, timely manner, such that journalists wouldn’t even bother asking about it.

If you ever actually need to publicly deny that your party is playing games with the debt ceiling, by definition, you are playing games with the debt ceiling.

Of course, playing games with the debt ceiling has a long, bipartisan tradition, including than Senator Obama’s vote against it. In fact, the entire exercise of passing new, finite increases to the government’s borrowing limit every few years is really, in itself, game playing because there is no reason we can’t be like almost every other country on earth and simply do away with a fixed limit altogether.

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Paul Ryan Says He’s Not Playing Games with the Debt Ceiling, Which Means…

(photo: Bindaas Madhavi)

Republican Paul Ryan, on “Face the Nation” last weekend, tried to somehow claim Republicans posturing about possibly not raising the debt limit unless President Obama and Senate Democrats give in to their demands wasn’t “playing games” with the debt ceiling. From CBS News:

Ryan, in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, said Republicans did not want to “play around with the country’s credit rating” – but he did not guarantee that they would vote to increase the debt limit without “cuts in controls and spending going forward.”

“Nobody wants to play around with the country’s credit rating,” Ryan told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “Nobody wants to see defaults happening – but we also think it’s important to get a handle on future borrowing as we deal with raising the debt limit.

We know House Republicans are playing games with the debt ceiling because if a party weren’t, they would have already taken care of it. Or at the least made it abundantly clear they would take care of it in a non-hostage-taking, timely manner, such that journalists wouldn’t even bother asking about it.

If you ever actually need to publicly deny that your party is playing games with the debt ceiling, by definition, you are playing games with the debt ceiling.

Of course, playing games with the debt ceiling has a long, bipartisan tradition, including than Senator Obama’s vote against it. In fact, the entire exercise of passing new, finite increases to the government’s borrowing limit every few years is really, in itself, game playing because there is no reason we can’t be like almost every other country on earth and simply do away with a fixed limit altogether.

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