The Federal Government has continued to issue new debt despite the debt ceiling. It has done so by using its big pile of cash to pay down the debt it owes to Social Security and to government and military pension fund beneficiaries. That internal debt is included in the debt subject to limit. By paying down the internal debt, the government makes room to add to its public debt. It thus maintains a regular schedule of new issuance.
That ticking sound you hear is a time bomb.
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