Sunday, May 15, 2011

National Suicide

It's a bit shocking how easy it is to persuade a country to commit national suicide.  I just heard on ABC's This Week 9 out of ten Americans believe that the National Debt Limit should not be raised.  Of course most of them don't have any idea what that implies, I suppose, but plenty of those who do, or should, are prepared to take advantage of our national stupidity in their attempt to blow up Social Security and Medicare.  Douglas Holtz-Slimeball-Eakin was leading the charge on ABC.  Paul Krugman was a pretty lonely voice in saying "don't give in to blackmail."

If history is any guide, I expect that Obama will negotiate ingratiatingly and produce elated congratulations when he manages to give the Republicans only half of Czechoslovakia.