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White House Would Consider "Couple Of Days" Extension, Short-Term Deal

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The latest headlines as they flash by:

  • Carney Says Obama Would Consider ‘Couple of Days’ Extension
  • Says short-term deal would give time to finish debate.
  • Carney Says Treasury Could Give Update ‘This Weekend’ on Plans

It is unclear what a few day extension would achieve, aside from a rating adowngrade but it is enough to get the headline scanning robots ramping higher again.


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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:29 | 1505575 lolmao500
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Time for the gov to sell some tungsten or some national parks to their buddies on the cheap.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:39 | 1505641 gmrpeabody
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We're not kicking the can at all..., meerly nudging it with our toe!

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:57 | 1505720 TruthInSunshine
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We should allow Wall Street to draft Congress, with no salary caps.

The salaries paid for congressmen/congresswomen can go into the Amerika Fund, which will provide tents and gruel to Amerikans.

If Congress is already bought and paid for by Wall Street anyways, why not?

It's a thought.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:41 | 1505778 Thomas
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Two more days of this nonsense, and I am going to slice my wrists.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 23:55 | 1507232 StychoKiller
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Right idea, wrong wrists.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:23 | 1505813 flattrader
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Just google Grand Canyon and uranium mining.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:56 | 1506428 Buck Johnson
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I'll do that.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:32 | 1505585 Cognitive Dissonance
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Sublime meet stupid.........again.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:40 | 1505645 carbonmutant
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Extenze for a short term deal...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:13 | 1505766 bigdumbnugly
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a couple of days here, a couple of days there...  next thing you know it's armaggedon already.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:32 | 1505589 bugs_
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its not really a debate so much as a fight

a couple days extension LOL - now they are just trying to get through the month

so the government is now in a situation like a lot of americans - month to month

i remember thinking to myself - another month...IN THE BAG - made up....NEXT MONTH

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:36 | 1505616 HelluvaEngineer
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Seriously.  Perhaps they should consider a payday lender.  Or maybe they have an old Honda sitting around.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:32 | 1505591 YesWeKahn
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They really need another 2 years to finish the debate

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:47 | 1505669 DonnieD
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I'm beginning to think this was orchestrated to take our eye off the abysmal GDP number. That seems to be a far bigger problem in the long run.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:49 | 1505683 smlbizman
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i'm sure having harry reid calling the tea party people extremist, like a hundred times, will help...what a pussy

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:33 | 1505858 Blano
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Yeah saw that.  Reid calling someone extreme is the ultimate hypocrisy.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:33 | 1505600 GeneMarchbanks
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Obama folds like the best of lawn chairs.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:36 | 1505620 andybev01
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Or deck chair.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:40 | 1505646 redpill
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Shhhh!  The band is about to start playing my favorite song...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:43 | 1505662 andybev01
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Thankfully congress is so full of hot air that we can use them as flotation devices.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:34 | 1505604 pods
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Just a few bucks, till I get back on my feet.  I promise I will pay you back. I am good for it.


Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:34 | 1505608 Transitory Anomaly
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Short-Term Deal

Obama blinked, he decided to eat his peas.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:35 | 1505609 andybev01
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Dude, it would be totally cool if you could front me until payday.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:32 | 1505853 DosZap
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Man, I'm really short,family emergency, could you give me an advance on my next check?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 18:33 | 1505867 andybev01
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That's one big-ass family.

Perhaps you could take a loan against your 401k?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:35 | 1505610 marcusfenix
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just when you think DC can't possibly get any more retarded...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:39 | 1505643 andybev01
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They have yet to reach 'full' in my opinion.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:35 | 1505612 lieutenantjohnchard
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so he would consider an extension of a few days as if he had any choice. guess he's trying to stay relevant.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:38 | 1505614 emsolý
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Extend and pretend is always and everywhere a banana republic phenomenon.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:38 | 1505625 DavidC
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This is ridiculous.

Default only comes if the Treasury defaults on its interest (and any principal) payments. Most of the other Governmental outgoings are discretionary (such as Congress salaries).

As the tax revenue exceeds the interest (and principal) payments, if there is a default it is going to be an overt decision to do so.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:38 | 1505626 monmick
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Is that a "couple of days" as in: "We will be in Libyia for a couple of days"?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:39 | 1505642 redpill
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Days not weeks!


Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:53 | 1505931 pods
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Well, we used the pea shooter.  That was the problem.  


Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:38 | 1505627 DonnieD
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This is like the 6th grader who starts his science experiment the night before it's due.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:48 | 1505673 marcusfenix
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yeah, more like weeks after it's due, but still expects full credit for turning in an outline of a purposed science experiment that the student will most likely never really finish...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:54 | 1505707 AhhhItBurns
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And yet expects to keep the AAA grade, even though little time, effort, or insight was put into this 'project'.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:41 | 1505634 bob_dabolina
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Isn't this like the ECB allowing Greece to temporarily default? Whatever that means....

We have crossed the rubicon bitchez. 

We default today, but I swear, I got the money, tomorrow is the day.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:42 | 1505655 lizzy36
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Yes it is exactly like greece.

Carney is saying Obama is all good with a "liability management exercise" for a couple of days.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:50 | 1505674 bob_dabolina
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Sounds like Thain managing "legacy assests" if you ask me 

It's all bullshit entering my right eardrum, crossing my temporal lobe, and exiting my left eardrum. 

The level of BS is crossing the surreal dimension

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:02 | 1505733 GeneMarchbanks
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Ahhh Greece, remember Greece? Whatever happened there anyways?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:39 | 1505637 oldman
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This is as close as  President Obama can come to copying the Turkish military and Spain's Zapateros in resigning his government.

Is this guy 'the Great Negotiator' or not?

Exactly like not having a government and, not a bad idea after all; might take some time to get used to though.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:41 | 1505649 rubearish10
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All I could say is, how many times have we been "on the verge" of a major move to fix all this (big down)? Then, for some reason the "Big Stick Save" arrives and shuts off the spigot for the trip to The Hamptons! I mean WTFF? There was a time when all this mattered. Now, we're here only for amusement. 

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:41 | 1505653 carbonmutant
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Please save my

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:00 | 1505727 ZeroAffect
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OK, the check is in the mail, or will be on or before Hades freezes over. 

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:42 | 1505654 mynhair
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So the relentless ramp into EOD has begun.  Please vacate the tracks, the choo-choo is a'coming.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:48 | 1505672 SheepDog-One
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What need for QE?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:58 | 1505723 hambone
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You know, I know, my dog knows that the BB put is out there...QE3 (in whatever form) is just around the corner now.  Everybody rushing to set up their nets with which to catch all the free money from the next helicopter drop.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:08 | 1505755 SheepDog-One
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Thats what everyone totaly expects, and it wont happen.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:18 | 1505796 hambone
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SD1 - when you suggest there will be no further QE...well you are suggesting that market discipline will be allowed to return, true mis-priced assets allowed to find true value, and deflation to run it's course.  This may be what you and I would like to see but the reality is TPTB would lose literally everything if this were to happen.  Divorce what you want (sanity, progress, etc.) from the reality of our leaders (pretend, lie, extend).

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 20:00 | 1506884 Papasmurf
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It's not free money, it's your savings account being distributed from helicopters.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:48 | 1505675 Milton Waddams
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You know if I were president, as a sign of good faith I would refuse a salary and pay any benefits out of my own pocket.  I would also make a huge public spectacle of the decision. Instead the current president seems to enjoy gloating about being a millionaire ... 'millionaires, like myself, don't pay enough in taxes.  rich people - did I mention I'm rich - are getting off too easy.  i'm a millionaire and people like me are simply not bearing the appropriate burden.'  

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:52 | 1505689 youngandhealthy
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Milton....if you are telling us the truth about your wealth....I'm 100% with you...

It's just that I cant pay tax in the US (but taking my share elsewhere)

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:53 | 1505702 ZeroAffect
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Milton: 'millionaires, like myself, don't pay enough in taxes.  rich people - did I mention I'm rich - are getting off too easy.  i'm a millionaire and people like me are simply not bearing the appropriate burden.'  

OK, mon. Sell all you own and give it to the poor. That might assauge the obvious guilt you're projecting in your above statment. Do it, you'll feel better in the morning.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:59 | 1505726 LawsofPhysics
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Hey retard, he was quoting the president, he wasn't saying he was rich.  Typical comment for an ignorant sheep who does not bother with details. Unfortunately for you, attention to detail is all that matters.  Better head back to that read and comprehension class from second grade moron.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:15 | 1505782 ZeroAffect
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Hey, LoP, it was directed at POTUS. As for Milton, he didn't say in so many words he was rich, but he did say he'd refuse the salary and pay his own benefits IF he were POTUS, a noble gesture.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:55 | 1505710 DCFusor
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Yes to that one, and all of congress too, since it's obvious we're not getting our money's worth on their paychecks alone (and the rest, cheesh).  And as we all know, there's that button where you can voluntarily just give the IRS any amount of money you want, no questions all these rich guys who *say* that crap, time to go push that button.  You first.


Me, I'd be happy just to be able to tap their comms to get trading info off.  How about they recuse themselves from the insider trading they do?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:55 | 1505713 andybev01
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I suppose that nouveau is better than no riche, although only the insecure brag about it.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:48 | 1505676 chet
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Did hthey not learn from giving Congress a Aug. 2nd date and watching them chew up every second on the clock?  If you offer Congress "a couple of days" they'll take it.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:49 | 1505680 youngandhealthy
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Tyler has it right....its a trigger (floor) for the computers into the weekend.

I can easily spin it the other way that is is Boehner that is blinking and need more time.

(or Obama giving more rope to Boehner :-)   )

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:58 | 1505724 andybev01
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Careful or they might end up like David Carradine.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:07 | 1505754 youngandhealthy
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Ahhh...  :-)   so they are playing a little kinky xxx-game here...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:22 | 1505809 andybev01
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They do say that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:49 | 1505684 TideFighter
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O'Whimpy: "I'll Gladly pay you Tuesday for a Hamburger today!"



Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:50 | 1505686 oogs66
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since we can't possibly reach a deal in time, and now realize we need to, we will give ourselves a couple of extra days and pretend we are heroes.  who is buying stocks on this crap?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:52 | 1505694 mynhair
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Dunno, but am sorely tempted to jump on TMV.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:55 | 1505709 slaughterer
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Who is buying?  The bots.  Guranteed green close. 

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:52 | 1505692 Brian
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Is this even possible?

Would the House give a "no-strings-attached" extension for a few days?

I hope so, since it means a few more days of market deterioration and fear and disgust, before the inevitable of being back to exactly the same spot we were before the "few day extension," but what do I know?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:53 | 1505693 Brian
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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:53 | 1505698 Dr. Hannibal Lecter
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What does a couple of days do?  Allows ObaMao to go to his birthday bash.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:54 | 1505705 Burgess Shale
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I will gladly pay you tuesday for a hamburger today.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:54 | 1505706 Caviar Emptor
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You mean Uncle Sugar is gonna pay for our party this weekend?? Booyah!

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:56 | 1505715 infinity8
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O, Hell NO!!! Please stop adding extra episodes of this, PLEASE. . . my head will explode!

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:59 | 1505725 Sophist Economicus
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Default means "Never having to have to say you're sorry"...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:14 | 1505774 bob_dabolina
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This is more like child support (too late for sorry)

18 years and we're free and clear....till' then your wages are garnished

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:00 | 1505729 John McCloy
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  Carney: "The President is Considering The South Park Plan"



Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:03 | 1505737 Inibo E. Exibo
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I feel all fluttery inside.  It seems this will never end.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:25 | 1505824 andybev01
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Alka-Seltzer might help that.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:08 | 1505748 mynhair
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F it.  Beer time.  Dumping TNA to pay for it.  $4 is good enough.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:11 | 1505772 infinity8
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I'd be drinkin' right now but, if we close green, I'm going to vomit (and then start drinking). Not gonna waste my liquor.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:07 | 1505752 oa92000
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Somebody drops a bomb in Washington, that will wake them up..

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:10 | 1505758 Smiley
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My tin foil hat is tingling.  I'm thinking they are going to keep presenting a ton of revisions in the hopes that nobody will notice the Constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget getting sidelined and removed altogether.  They are trying to stoke so much fear that the public will demand the anything get passed; it just so happens it won't include the balanced budget amendment.



Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:09 | 1505760 Caviar Emptor
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I trust the bankers and the politicians to arrive at the best possible decision regarding our economic well-being /src

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:24 | 1505816 CrashisOptimistic
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He'll accept 2 weeks, and he'll also accept 6 months, because that's all that's going to pass.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:32 | 1505843 slewie the pi-rat
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  • it couldn't be bullshit?
  • now we can understand why they didn't do this sometime in the last, say, six weeks?
  • is john boehner funny, or what?
  • now he has to come up with a new bill for the democrats because...? 
  • the prezident says so?
  • well, this is fine, then, because there is now no question that anyone in this congress would do anything as "unacceptable" as refusing to raise the debt ceiling.  right?
  • The Huge Freaking Whatever?
  • BiChez?
Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:41 | 1505885 nah
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republinazis and dumbocrats $300 billion... 2 weeks, priceless

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:58 | 1505943 Jim in MN
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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:40 | 1506119 glenlloyd
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When the addicted start bargaining it's just about over.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:50 | 1506159 darkstar7646
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Aug 3: Massive Social Security payment.

That's what a "couple of days" would buy. It would probably prevent Obama (if he chose not to honor the 8/3 checks) from having to declare martial law by about noon on 8/4, at best.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:59 | 1506435 Buck Johnson
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Spot on, spot on.  I said almost the same thing on another OP about wha the 2 days would buy.  He would be able to get out the monthy SS and such payments and then they can continue on.  The last thing that Obama wants to do is to not pay the SS checks.  Because if he doesn't pay them then even his democratic allies would go with whatever the Republicans want in order to get elected next year and/or not get challenged on a primary.  Obama doesn't want a defection of his own party senators and house people when they see how much their constituents are demanding their money.

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Sat, 07/30/2011 - 10:05 | 1507571 Birddog
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Armageddon postponed few days...stay tuned

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