In his remarks to the American people yesterday, President Obama insisted that raising the debt ceiling is a non-negotiable reality. Lest Republican lawmakers get the wrong idea, he made it clear that “The financial well-being of the American people is not leverage to be used.” He is justified in being so audaciously hopeful in the face of opposition, of course, because the American people reelected him. In his words, Republicans have “got a particular view of what government should do and should be. And, you know, that view was rejected by the American people when it was debated during the presidential campaign.”
The American people don’t care about limiting the size and scope of government? And here I thought we were a society that had transcended ignorant demographic labels.