There obviously are individual disagreements over how we got here and what we should do moving forward, but much of that is like bickering over seat assignments while the plane is going down. Even for those who do not believe the U.S. in in danger of defaulting on its debt, there is no doubt that that S&P’s promised credit downgrade would create a rash of unwelcome economic side-effects. It is a timebomb designed to obliterate differences in ideology or intellect.
Well, except according to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). On Fox News Sunday, the Tea Party favorite used some interesting phrasing when talking about a debt ceiling increase:
Notice the pronouns? Apparently the debt ceiling increase is an Obama policy initiative, not a necessary fail-safe that has been used dozens of times over the past decades by presidents and congresses of both parties. This is about the President, not the people. Obama can have his way, so long as he first gives up something in return.
It’s as if DeMint is a child who just learned to refuse his vegetables. He and others like him need to quickly internalize the notion that this is our problem. Not just his, or hers or yours.