Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday that Congress should stop placing legal limits on the amount of money the government can borrow and effectively lift the debt limit to infinity. On Bloomberg TV, “Political Capital” host Al Hunt asked Geithner if he believes “we ought to just eliminate the debt ceiling.” “Oh, absolutely,” Geithner said. ... “It would have been time a long time ago to eliminate it. The sooner the better."
Comments: Interesting....never once heard him answer the debt crisis question this way before the election. Hey...I guess deception is the norm these days.
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O.S. Banker, 11/20/2012 8:27:50 AM (No. 9025051)
I keep thinking that at some point, Harvard, Yale, et.al. will demand the return of the degrees held by their respective alumni who make such blatantly idiotic remarks. Surely somewhere there is a Board of Regents with a single honest member saying "He said what?"
End the Debt ceiling? End the Republic! I have a better idea. raise the debt ceiling by 40billion every 60days. Just enough to put off default and keeping next years deficit at 240billion. That is a lot better than 1.2 Trillion. :-) If you are a thief, you usually tell the bank teller to put ALL the money in your bag!
House GOP has to attach a limit to what the Federal Reserve can purchase/hold in Treasury & Agency obligations. Fed is currently largest buyer of federal debt, giving Obama and Dems a credit card without borrowing limits. Don´t need the Chinese, just an accommodative Ben Bernake.
Might as well end the debt ceiling since neither party observes it. Whenever spending approaches the ceiling, both parties play a little political ping pong with it and ultimately agree to raise it. Perhaps more basic financial management might be in order for government programs. But, as former congressman Simpson of the bi-partisan commission said, suggest a little shared responsibility and you get your shorts ripped off.
Our young, romantic voters will put up with this until they cease to. Really, I prefer a dope smoking libertarian over any strident, stomping republican, or wasteful, treasure exhausting democrat. It´s our money, our military and our lives at stake here!
Geithner, the tax cheat, is a fool. Until this country goes back to fiscal responsibility, we will be going down the road to ruin. Can any smart person actually believe that we can keep spending at an astonishing rate, then print more dollars to cover the cost, and think it will not collapse the whole system? Geithner is both ignorant and arrogant. We have people living in houses right now for free; they were allowed to buy houses they could not afford. We have a student loan debt in this country bigger than the credit card debt. GM is selling cars to people with no money, no down payment, and since Ally, their financial company is owned 80% by the American taxpayer, we are again continuing the GM bailout. We are giving illegals welfare, food stamps, and government assistance; when is this going to stop?
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