The power of stupidity

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Let me finish tonight with the power of stupidity.

I’m not talking about ignorance. There are a lot of things I know nothing about. There are things just about anybody out there knows that I don’t. Hockey is one.

No. I’m talking about stupidity. It’s one thing to not understand international finance, to not understand what it will mean if the United States says it can’t pay its bills, if one day soon we tell the people who we owe that we can’t pay. No one really knows the full reality that will come that day or the day after. Actually, it’s something I’d be happy not to find out.

Stupidity. That’s different. It’s saying, like some members of Congress are, that we don’t have to reckon with what will happen if America faces default. We don’t *have* to understand what happens or even worry about understanding it. All we need are people who’ve raised families. They’ll know the right thing to do. And if they say to let it slide, that’s what we should do.

That’s the real fight tonight and the week ahead. It’s between the people who fear American bankruptcy and those who refuse to think about it - who says it doesn’t matter if the U.S. defaults or they don’t really care if the U.S. ends up one of the world’s deadbeat countries.

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The power of stupidity

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