Bernstein: Fight over debt limit a ‘fake, manufactured controversy’

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, June 2, 2011 21:01 EDT
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The investigative journalist who helped uncover the Watergate scandal said Thursday that the fight over raising the federal debt limited was a contrived debate, manufactured “particularly by Republicans.”

“They’re going to take it to the cliff and pull back at the last minute, but the consequences of that are very dangerous,” Carl Bernstein said on MSNBC’s The Morning Joe. He added that the U.S. also needed to start trimming back entitlement programs and raise government revenues.

Pat Buchanan predictably defended Republicans, who are using the federal debt limit debate to push for budget cuts.

“The system in Washington is broken,” Bernstein added. “One of the three branches of government is dysfunctional — it doesn’t work any more. And as a result our country is in terrible trouble.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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