But what are they talking about: What should Obama do about the impending expiration of the debt limit?
More specifically, what should he do if Republicans refuse to extend the debt limit? Yesterday, Congressional Democratic leaders issued a statement about that.
In this morning’s New York Times, Jonathan Weisman reported what they said. We highlight one key point:
WEISMAN (1/12/13): The Democratic leadership in the Senate asked President Obama on Friday to take “any lawful steps” available to avoid a default on the nation’s debt if Republicans continue to press their demand that an increase in the government’s borrowing limit be accompanied by spending cuts of the same magnitude.We note that these leaders picture “default on the nation’s debt” if the debt limit doesn’t get raised. Beyond that, they picture “a global economic crisis” resulting from such a refusal.
“In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt-limit extension only as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis—without Congressional approval, if necessary,” wrote Senators Harry Reid of Nevada, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Patty Murray of Washington.
Our question: Have we liberals even tried to explain these points to the public? In what way would “a global crisis” be triggered by the failure to raise the debt limit?
Do liberals know how to talk to the people? It doesn’t seem to be part of our culture. Nor have we ever created forums to which people pay attention.
Do liberals know how to talk to the people? It doesn’t seem to enter our minds that we can or should.