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GOP Rep. Morgan Griffith: Making The U.S. Default Is Like The American Revolution

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R.-Va., who has called Obamacare “a massive government takeover of the health care industry,” said he's not worried about a catastrophic default because the statesmen of the American Revolution faced similar economic strife to break free from British rule.

Griffith told The Hill on Saturday he’s not worried about the consequences failing to raise the debt ceiling as long as the GOP gets what it wants. He said the House should reject any unsatisfactory measure from the Senate whether it leads to a default or not.

“We have to make a decision that’s right long-term for the United States, and what may be distasteful, unpleasant and not appropriate in the short run may be something that has to be done,” Griffith said.

He compared forcing a default to the 1770s when colonists hurt the economy by breaking from the British Empire.

“I will remind you that this group of renegades that decided that they wanted to break from the crown in 1776 did great damage to the economy of the colonies,” Griffith said. “They created the greatest nation and the best form of government, but they did damage to the economy in the short run.”

Revolutionaries were fighting for self-government and to stop taxation without representation.

Sources: ThinkProgress, The Hill