Skip to comments.The Word That Changed the Debt Ceiling Debate ("Default")
Posted on 02/12/2014 5:06:51 PM PST by Timber Rattler
When Treasury Secretary Jack Lew recently gave notice that the federal government would once again hit the debt ceiling in February, the response from congressional Republicanswho twice took the nation to the brink of defaultwas decidedly muted.
The official line? We believe that defaulting on our debt is the wrong thing, says House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). We dont want to do that. On Tuesday, the House duly voted to raise the debt limit without conditions, sending the action over to the Senate.
This move represents a 180-degree turn from the previous strategy of trying to extract concessions from Democrats by threatening to send the country into economic chaos.
Why such a stark softening of the party line? Republicans retreat from the debt-limit battlefield, which they entered so boldly in the spring of 2011 and again last year, began with a shift in the Democrats rhetorical strategy. A simple turn of phrase turned the tables on the GOP.
We shared this linguistic analysis with top Democrats and recommended a simple, but critical, change in their message: Stop talking about the debt limit. Start the conversation with the word default.
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Boehner and company are such morons.
The local radio (WBAP in the DFW metroplex) newsreaders today used a phrase like the “GOP voted to avoid default.” So everyone is getting on board with borrowing our way to prosperity I guess.
The word should have been “bankrupt”....
A permanent freezing of the Debt Limit would not cause default. Uncle has enough money coming in to pay the interest in any given month. Interest payments come first. Other things would not be paid, entitlements maybe would be trimmed a bit or the Navy might get beached but that all does not constitute “default.”
Blame the dumb masses who fall for this crap.
No wonder Nancy told fellow democrats, “Don’t gloat after debt ceiling rout.”
Unsurprising that the same idiots who can’t figure out “shall not be abridged” can’t figure out “shall not be contemplated”.