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October 14, 2013


The U.S. Has Defaulted Twice Before

Associated Press: "Once, the young nation had a dramatic excuse: The Treasury was empty, the White House and Capitol were charred ruins, even the troops fighting the War of 1812 weren't getting paid."

"A second time, in 1979, was a back-office glitch that ended up costing taxpayers billions of dollars. The Treasury Department blamed it on a crush of paperwork partly caused by lawmakers who -- this will sound familiar -- bickered too long before raising the nation's debt limit."

"These lapses, little noted outside financial circles in their day, are nearly forgotten now."












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