Bruce Bartlett on the Debt Ceiling

By Clive Crook

With Obama raising the stakes in the game of debt-ceiling brinkmanship--going so far, according to some reports, as to threaten to veto a small-scale stop-gap deal--Bruce Bartlett clarifies some important points in a piece about five debt-ceiling myths. I find it hard to believe that the president really would veto a small bargain, by the way. If he did actually say that, he was bluffing.

Bartlett's link to Garrett Epps on the 14th Amendment is worth following. I wonder what Treasury lawyers are telling the president about the constitutionality of the debt ceiling.

Update: Here's what Lawrence Tribe is telling him: the debt ceiling can't be ignored.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/07/bruce-bartlett-on-the-debt-ceiling/241607/