Comments on: When will US stop acting like a fat spoiled brat? http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2013/10/17/when-will-us-stop-acting-like-a-fat-spoiled-brat/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Denouncer http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2013/10/17/when-will-us-stop-acting-like-a-fat-spoiled-brat/comment-page-1/#comment-11816 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:48:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/?p=21147#comment-11816 Indeed. Unfortunately, this sad prognosis may prove to be not just right but even too optimistic.

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By: Nieuchess http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2013/10/17/when-will-us-stop-acting-like-a-fat-spoiled-brat/comment-page-1/#comment-11812 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:59:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/?p=21147#comment-11812 “Extremists on either side of every debate created a battle royale.” What are you talking about? You don’t name the equal and opposite extremists, because you can’t.

Only one of the two parties has extremists. One of the two parties even rails against its own radicals.

The “both sides do it” default position is not a fearless, satisfactory, or truthful form of journalism.

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By: sarkozyrocks http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2013/10/17/when-will-us-stop-acting-like-a-fat-spoiled-brat/comment-page-1/#comment-11809 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:43:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/?p=21147#comment-11809 Rob, you make a key error in your article: “On this day, Congress temporarily postponed a self-induced battle over whether to pay the creditors of the profligate nation that for decades spent more than it produced.”. That statement is significantly incorrect. There was never any intention to not pay US bondholders, under any circumstance. The strategy was to prioritize payments, with US bondholders at the top of the list…a very safe place. In fact, this prioritization would have improved, not harmed, the US sovereign credit rating by making the prioritization law. In most sovereign defaults, what you say is true…third world countries do exactly the opposite…they prioritize domestic spending programs over foreign creditors. The Democrats were dishonestly making this claim to frighten people and vilify Republicans politically in advance of upcoming elections where they could lose the Senate. Just putrid propaganda spilt on low information voters.

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