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Conservatives Should End the Debt Ceiling Debate

hmcdonald Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:26 AM
The Constitution does not require that the United States pay its debts but that the debt shall not be questioned. The requirement that we acknowledge an obligation is far different than legislating what we should do about it.
Watching the American scene in the 1960s, historian Daniel Boorstin, invented the idea of the “pseudo-event.” The rise of television and modern mass media had produced a transformation of the news business, so that what now mattered was not if an event was important, but only if it was “newsworthy.”

As Boorstin explained, the pseudo-event was orchestrated and planned to receive maximum public attention, even if the event itself was really unimportant. Pseudo-events merely look important, because the media and the public agree to act as if they are. As Boorstin explained, the pseudo-event is not something that happens by...