Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asserted this week that the government shutdown could actually keep the U.S. from defaulting on its debts if and when Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling -- unless President Barack Obama is plotting a conspiracy not to pay the nation's bills.
"He's been saying ever since the shutdown and before the shutdown that he's willing to talk," Gohmert told Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg on Tuesday. "But he will not negotiate on anything, and he's the one who keeps bringing up the threat of default and that kind of stuff. You know, it's ridiculous to have a president that is trying to inflict as much hurt on the American people as possible."
"Do you believe that this president will let this country face the disaster that it will face if the debt ceiling -- if we default?" Malzberg wondered. "Do you believe he will take it that far and inflict the pain to a much greater extent than he's inflicting it now?"