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Today President Obama said Republicans “will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The financial well-being of the American people is not leverage to be used. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.” Politico reports Speaker Boehner may have to give his caucus a default or shutdown as a token resistance, or as Esquire‘s Charlie Pierce put it, “so that some of the angrier feral children over whom he presides won’t take flamethrowers to the classroom.” Is Pierce unfair to feral children?