See, here's what happened. Two summers ago, Congress realized that if they couldn't compromise on a deficit and revenue plan, our economy would crash," Stewart said, referring to the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations.
Well, it turns out they couldn't compromise. So here's what they did: In order to force themselves to work together and compromise, they concocted a catastrophic penalty that would itself crash our economy.
Let me put it another way: There's an asteroid headed toward the Earth. We made it and fired it at ourselves. Because otherwise we never would have done the hard work required to protect ourselves from asteroids.
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