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“So what we now have is non-functional government in the face of a major crisis, because Congress includes a quorum of crazies and nobody trusts the White House an inch.”

“Hope you like the smell of napalm in the morning. Otherwise, this will not be your sort of day.”

“Seriously, where do these people come up with this stuff?”

“The sums involved would be huge—perhaps as much as two trillion dollars, according to Harvard’s Kenneth Rogoff, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. (That amount is more than triple the cost of the Iraq war so far.)”

“We’ve got to do something about it, otherwise I think we do run the risk of a super serious collapse of our economy.”

“Not problem solved–nowhere near–but problem steered in a direction where it could conceivably be resolved without emergency legislation right now.”