So, this platinum coin deal, is that the U.S. Treasury can, by law, print a platinum coin of any value. There's a possible solution to the debt ceiling of just printing a couple $1 Trillion coins, and then using that "money".
Of course one downside to that would be inflation.
However, given that we're in a recession, and possible depression even, having inflation is a good thing.
While I would prefer an overriding long-term plan, a policy of government, to enact certain goals of the USA and tax accordingly. However, there's no real reason not to do it.
The only reason Greece is defaulting is because it DOESN'T print its own money anymore.
Besides, the "debt ceiling" is the budget, which the House is responsible for creating every year. All they need do is set a budget next year that's smaller than last year and you got your budget cut.
If Republicans were serious about cutting the budget, it'd be done.
They control the purse strings, 100%.