More Debt Kamikazes: Paul Ryan

Via Marketplace last month:  Some Republicans OK with short-lived debt default

Quoting Ryan from CNBC:

PAUL RYAN: If a bondholder misses a payment for a day or two or three or four — what is more important is you are putting the government in a materially better position to better pay its bills going forward.

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  1. DRF says:

    Missing a payment for a day or two or three or four implies that the debt ceiling would be raised in a couple of days after the deadline. So is Ryan saying there’s no problem so long as the debt ceiling is raised soon? Does that make any sense?

    In any event, if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, it won’t be the bondholders who won’t get paid, since the Constitution appears to require that the government’s debt be paid. It will be those of us who use government services and who receive payments from the government, or who are employed by companies that have government contracts or service those companies that have government contracts who will be affected.

    How is it that Ryan, supposedly the Republican Party’s big brain, doesn’t understand this?