former President Clinton on the debt ceiling issue

Just in case you thought former President Clinton ever understood the monetary system:

Bill Clinton: Brief Debt Default ‘Might Not Be Calamitous’

“We regret if there has been a misinterpretation of a comment President Clinton made about raising the debt limit. President Clinton did not in any way mean to suggest that a default would not be highly damaging for the economy even for a very short period of time. He inadvertently misspoke. What he meant to say was that if a vote to extend the debt limit failed in advance of a default, that might not be harmful for a couple of days, but that if people thought that we might actually default, that in his words ‘we were literally not going to pay our bills anymore, then they would stop buying our debt.'”

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