Majority of House GOP Totally Cool With Defaulting
Even more are OK with government shutdown: sources
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2013 7:40 AM CST
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – More than half of House Republicans are OK with a government default if President Obama won't accept their budget-cut demands, party officials tell Politico. Even more GOP lawmakers are willing to allow a government shutdown come March 27. Taking the shutdown route would help ensure "President Obama understands that we’re serious," says the House Republican Conference chair. "We always talk about whether or not we’re going to kick the can down the road. I think the mood is that we’ve come to the end of the road."

Most House Republicans are more concerned about the dangers of continued spending than they are about the economic and market risks of default or a shutdown, Politico adds. Indeed, John Boehner might have to go with a shutdown "for member-management purposes—so they have an endgame and can show their constituents they’re fighting," says a GOP adviser. While Boehner believes he can avoid default, which would follow a failure to raise the debt ceiling, leaders are, in Politico's words, "authentically at a loss" on how to win over dissenting members, an insider says. Adds an aide: "It is more likely you default than you raise any taxes." Click for more on negotiations.

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jrh
Jan 15, 2013 4:21 AM CST
Half of the republicans want a default? Find out, who they are by posting. their names, address' and who they represent. The media posts everything else, would be nice to know who is trying to bring this country down.
hog_one
Jan 15, 2013 4:06 AM CST
Mr. Banker, I would like to barrow 1 trillion dollars so I can pay my bills. No I don't have an accountant, I just spend the money as I feel that I need too. No, I don't have a plan on how the money should be spent, I haven't needed one for the past four years. If I get the money now I can payback two trillion in ten years. I'll be saving that much from a budget that I have in mind. Oh no there isn't any problem, as long as everything goes as I planned it will all work out------- trust me. or I will gladly pay you for a hamburger next Tuesday, if I can have one today.
cornelison
Jan 15, 2013 12:16 AM CST
The President is wise to call the GOP's bluff. Otherwise, this will will go on every few months over the next 2 years. An executive order with respect to gun control will make the GOP even madder. Watch Daryll Issa call for impeachment hearings. That will be the nail in the coffin of the right wing extreme in The Rep. Party. When children have tantrums they make threats. Too bad we can't spank Republicans and send them to bed without dinner.