“The fact is that the Gallup poll has come out today saying that most of the American people do not want their representatives to raise the debt ceiling,” a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today. “In spite of the fact that the president was on TV last night and talked about certain things that would be at stake, do you feel at all that this administration has not really laid out, in very strong terms, what exactly is at stake for the American people if this debt limit is not raised?”
“I think it’s easy to understand why most Americans don’t have a lot of time to focus on ‘What is a debt ceiling?’” said Carney in response. “I mean, honestly, did anybody in this room – before they had to cover issues like this – have any idea what a debt ceiling was? Any understanding of the fact that a vote by Congress to increase our ability to borrow was simply a vote to allow the United States of America to pay the bills it incurred in the past?”
In other words, they’re not explaining because they think we’re too dumb to understand.
I actually think the real answer is that they hope we’re not paying attention. They’re hope we’re not engaged and understanding the ins-and-outs of the situation. They want us in the dark.