→ What Will *Really* Happen if the Debt Ceiling is Not Raised

John Hinderaker explains the operation of the deb ceiling:

So what will actually happen if Congress doesn’t increase the debt ceiling by approximately October 17? The government’s debt obligations will be paid, but reductions in other spending will start to become necessary. In effect, leaving the debt ceiling as is would function as a spending cut. This is why the Democrats hate the idea so much. They know there is zero chance of default, but they are horrified at the prospect that voters and taxpayers may find out that there is a relatively simple way to bring about spending reductions that would create, in effect, a balanced budget. Hence the hysteria.

I am trying to figure out if what Mr. Hinderaker says is true. It seems counter to what a lot of people are saying, but I hope that he is right.