Saved by a Trillion-Dollar Coin?
by Robert P. Murphy
Now that the “crisis” over the federal debt ceiling has been averted, we can leisurely explore two of the wackier proposals that emerged during the state of panic. Not surprisingly, the schemes involved the Federal Reserve and its ability to circumvent, not just standard accounting, but also the traditional divisions of political power. It’s worth studying the episode carefully because we will probably see one or more of these “solutions” promoted as the only answer to another crisis in the not-too-distant future.
Bernanke and Geithner Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Debt-Ceiling Increase
Late last week, when more and more analysts contemplated the horror of a US government default and partial shutdown, Jack Balkin — a professor of constitutional law at Yale — outlined strategies that the White House could use to evade the pesky borrowing ceiling imposed by a fickle Congress: