PS, source for my comment
Rataplan, it is inevitable that the wealthy will pay the lion's share of federal taxes. The top 1 percent own 38 percent of the wealth. The top 10 percent own 70 percent. Do you really expect the bottom 90 percent to fund the Beast that is the military-industrial complex out of the scraps that are left to them?
Oh, and the top 1 percent "earn" their income by sitting on their asses, collecting interest and dividends on their wealth, and paying capital gains tax at a lower rate than that paid by people who actually do work for a living. If they're going to moan and bitch about that situation, I'd be happy to trade places.
Also, as Matthew Yglesias points out, it's not as if failing to raise the debt ceiling will lead to instant financial collapse. The government can start out by stopping payment on checks to all the GOP's favorites.
It's more like saying, "Make me an offer or I'll kill OUR kid." The Republicans will never do it. That's why the president should say he wants a clean bill raising the debt ceiling, no conditions attached, and not budge an inch.
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