Round 2 – But it’s NOT Republican Obstructionism – ‘Sen. Toomey: GOP should risk shutdown to force spending cuts in debt-limit fight’
The only problem is…..it’s a little more ‘involved‘ then shutting down the Government. We are not a third World Nation. A ‘default’, be it planned and temporary, would shake, rattle and roll the Global Economy.
It wouldn’t just stop the recovery. It would stop any chance of a recovery for a decade.
The Global Economy runs on the US dollar.
‘Worst Case Scenario: 7 Potential Consequences Of A U.S. Debt Default’
1.’Plummeting equities: When Lehman Brothers failed, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 504 points in one day, and kept falling for months afterward. A default by the United States on its debt could hit even harder’.
2.’Missing payments: the government borrows about 40% of what it spends every day. If it can’t borrow, then it will have to cut spending by 40% immediately’.
3.’If lawmakers allow a U.S. debt default, S&P says it will cut the country’s credit from AAA to D’.
4.’States and cities: Likewise, states and municipalities would face higher borrowing costs, since their rates, too, are tied to Treasurys’.
5. ‘Credit crunch: Higher borrowing costs and financial turmoil could lead to another credit crunch like the one we saw following the Lehman Brothers collapse. And that would further strangle the U.S. economic recovery’.
6. ‘Bank crisis: A less obvious problem arising from a U.S. debt default would be how it affects large banks, which use Treasurys as collateral for their own borrowing. “What happens if treasuries as collateral aren’t seen as the risk-free instruments they have been?” “Could an ugly round of global de-leveraging undermine investor confidence again and derail hoped-for economic growth?”
7. ‘Lower dollar: Already in a years-long slump, the dollar will sink even further against the world’s other currencies. S&P has estimated a U.S. debt default could cause the dollar to drop 10% or more. A weaker dollar will make imports more costly, but that’s not the worst of it. A default or credit downgrade could cause the dollar to lose its status as the world’s reserve currency. And that would be very bad for the U.S. economy’.
‘Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Wednesday called for Republicans to be ready to shut down the government to gain spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation’s debt-limit’.
“We Republicans need to be willing to tolerate a temporary, partial government shutdown,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
From : http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/275155-sen-toomey-calls-for-a-government-shutdown