Millions of hours of podcasts and cable news segments and countless thousands of Very Serious Thinkpieces have been dedicated to helping Americans better understand the so-called debt ceiling debate, and none of it – not one word – has been honest.
One can't have an honest conversation about such a brain-breakingly dishonest debate. You can't approach a subject like the debt ceiling – whether Congress will allow the U.S. government to pay its bills – without first rejecting the bad faith seeping out of the topic's every pore. Even pretending it is a "debate" is giving in to the far right's bad faith around government spending. No one, including the most conservative members of Congress, is opposed to out-of-control government spending. Everyone loves government spending as long as the money is funneled toward their political goals, pet causes, and poker buddies. We all love to spend.