GOP uses debt to gain power

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First of all, the Republicans and tea party threatened to shut down the U.S. Government and just talking about default will be bad for long-term prospects of the economy. How many times was the debt ceiling raised when Republicans and Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush held power? Numerous ... and now the GOP is using the debt ceiling to hold the nation hostage. The GOP and tea party see the debt ceiling battle as the first step to regaining total power in 2012. Heaven help us! Let’s put it another way. If Republicans win and we fail to raise the national debt limit by Aug. 2, the government will default for the first time in U.S. history. But, before I make a final judgment I’m going to wait until Aug. 3 and see if the 25 million Social Security checks are in the mail. How ridiculous to even think such a turn of events is possible. It would be suicide for the Republican Party and could never happen. Ron Lowe, Nevada City