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« on: October 05, 2011, 01:21:59 am »
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Want to give the government a 28 day interest free loan? LOL.

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/RI/OFBills
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011, 02:28:51 am »
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Put it under the mattress!
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011, 05:38:03 am »
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What I don't understand is why the Federal Reserve doesn't just buy up all these offerings.  But perhaps that is what is happening with the 4-week t-bills?  It is somewhat hard to believe that actual people are buying these.. maybe its just banks that do it for some esoteric reasons.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011, 10:08:43 am »
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Obviously this is the time to radically cut spending, because deficits at these rates would just bankrupt the country. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011, 01:10:23 pm »
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What's the big deal?  They've basically been at zero for three years now.
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2011, 02:54:02 am »
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Obviously this is the time to radically cut spending, because deficits at these rates would just bankrupt the country. Roll Eyes

Wow.  Someone has been paying attention and knows what is going on.  If there ever was a time to engage in a massive Keynesian experiment this is it.  All the other 101 side conversations on this forum are totally ignoring the elephant in the room.  We need the money and the interest rates are dirt cheap.  Why in God's name would anyone be talking about NOT borrowing at a time like this?!
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2011, 09:29:42 pm »
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Obviously this is the time to radically cut spending, because deficits at these rates would just bankrupt the country. Roll Eyes
We pay interest on the debt, not interest on the deficit.
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2011, 04:29:27 pm »
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Obviously this is the time to radically cut spending, because deficits at these rates would just bankrupt the country. Roll Eyes
We pay interest on the debt, not interest on the deficit.

That's a silly distinction, since deficits are what cause the debt.
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2011, 05:39:50 pm »
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Obviously this is the time to radically cut spending, because deficits at these rates would just bankrupt the country. Roll Eyes
We pay interest on the debt, not interest on the deficit.

That's a silly distinction, since deficits are what cause the debt.

I think shua believes that much of the debt is in some kind of older, higher-interest bearing securities. 
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