Originally Posted by Race Card native
No, we aren't. The Treasury is not delaying, prioritizing, nor reducing payments. They are carrying on with business as usual.
Holy crap. You are clueless. Ok let's do this "for dummies"
Imagine the treasury as a big pool of money that different depts/entities/etc simply dip into for outlays. (This is a lot closer to reality then the idea that the treasury "cuts checks") Now with the govt "shutdown" many of those entities took much smaller dips into the pool of money right? Let's say you EXPAND the shutdown to be closer to a true shutdown where the FDA, FBI, CIA, Food Stamps, Medicaid(not Medicare), Dept of Education, etc are actually shutdown. If you "shutdown" enough of them (or enough parts of them) they no longer DIP into the treasury pool and you have plenty of revenue left for debt service and Social Security and all our OBLIGATIONS. If you are claiming to do so would be a default then you MUST claim that what we have already done with the shutdown is a default.