How likely is it that the debt-ceiling limit won’t be raised in time to avoid default?
DEMOCRATS (88 VOTES)
Very likely: 21%
Not likely: 57%
“For some reason, the GOP thinks this is their Waterloo.”
“We went off the rails on the continuing resolution, and the crazy train hasn’t stopped yet.”
“This Congress has shown a willingness to do anything to make a political point, even against our national interest.”
“That doesn’t mean there will be a default, though.”
“The inmates are in control of the asylum.”
“The tea-party conservatives are like the kid who blows stuff up in the microwave just to see what happens.”
“The business community that funds many of the nihilist Republicans will force them to the table.”
“The only surefire way for Republicans to lose Congress would be to allow a debt default.”
“If the Republicans create default through political games and crash the markets, the backlash across the board will be brutal.”
“The GOP appears wisely to have chosen the budget rather than the debt ceiling to fight over — shutdown is far less destructive than default.”
“Tea-party Republicans will abandon kamikaze mission prior to crashing the world’s economy.”
“The Republicans are crazy, but not that crazy.”
“The problem for Republicans is that some of them don’t have the courage to go through with their threats, and some of them are too smart to allow it.”
“Anything is possible with the tea-party House, but the pressure will mount and a deal will probably be made in two weeks.”
“Wall Street will never allow it.”
How likely is it that the debt-ceiling limit won’t be raised in time to avoid default?
REPUBLICANS (99 VOTES)
Very likely: 12%
Not likely: 66%
“Someone has brainwashed these guys into thinking that inaction is akin to a hard day’s work on the Ponderosa. If past is prologue, nothing will get done in time.”
“Everyone is spoiling for a fight.”
“Get ready: We’re defining dysfunctionality down in Washington.”
“Two separate issues. Debt ceiling may not be raised by Oct. 17, but we will not default.”
“Republicans are playing a very dangerous game.”
“Obama and Democrats are too confident they win in such a scenario.”
“That’s more of a hope than a prediction.”
“Forcing a default could never be explained or forgiven. One must have faith that instincts for responsible government, or at least self-preservation, will trump the quack prescriptions of people like Ted Cruz.”
“No one wants their 401(k) to plummet by a market crash.”
“They aren’t THAT stupid … or are they?”
“It’s a hostage very few would actually be willing to shoot.”
“Fortunately, we still have a critical mass of thinking conservatives who understand the dire implications for the economy if the federal government defaults.”
“Hopefully, saner heads will prevail, although that may be just a hope and a prayer.”
“Financial markets have one foot in the grave, and one foot on a banana peel. I refuse to believe these guys are stupid enough to mess with that.”
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