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WASHINGTON — Speaking with a show panel on the country’s debt and credit rating on Tuesday, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan decried economic plans put forth by Democrats and Republicans alike, calling them “reckless, irresponsible and stupid.”
After lawmakers on Aug. 2 agreed to raise the country’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and cut $2.4 trillion in spending over the next 10 years, national debate has centered on how that’s less than the $4 trillion Standard and Poor’s said it wanted when it downgraded the long-term U.S. rating from AAA to AA-plus on Aug. 5.
That conversation, Ratigan said, misses the point entirely.
“Tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America. Democrats aren’t doing it, Republicans are not doing it, an entire integrated system, financial system, trading system, taxing system, that was created by both parties over a period of two decades is at work on our entire country right now,” said Ratigan. “We’re sitting here arguing about whether we should do the $4 trillion plan that kicks the can down the road for the president for 2017, or burn the place to the ground, both of which are reckless, irresponsible and stupid.”