U.S. hits $14.3 trillion debt ceiling

Federal government taps into pension fund to avoid default


 
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Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner says the U.S. government will begin borrowing from the pension funds of federal workers on Monday in a bid to avoid defaulting on some of its obligations. The move comes as Washington is set to hit the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, but it isn’t expected to buy the Obama administration more than a few months’ time. Geithner has repeatedly warned that Congress must agree to raise the debt limit before August 2 to avoid defaults that would send shockwaves through the global economy, but Congressional Republicans are demanding the increase be contingent on spending cuts. The White House has instead proposed a mix of spending cuts and tax increases to curb the federal debt.

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U.S. hits $14.3 trillion debt ceiling

  1. Let the thieving begin! 

  2.  They’ve been tapping Social Security into being a huge unfunded liability since, like, forever.  Why shouldn’t they tap elsewhere, too?  That bubble doesn’t grow to grotesque dimensions without help, after all.

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