Pearl Kamer, chief economist at the Long Island Association business group, told Newsday, "If the country defaults on its debt obligations . . . it's going to kill our economy" ["LI recovery seen at risk," Business, Jan. 11].

I wonder, since you use an ellipsis in the quote, what was left out? Did Kamer actually blame the "debt ceiling" as a reason to default on debt servicing? If so, that makes no sense.

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The United States pulls in a lot more money than it pays out to cover debt servicing. The country can't default unless President Barack Obama decides to violate the law.

Dan Martin, Babylon

Editor's note: The writer is an accountant.