"Give us trillions in cuts in Medicare and Medicaid or we blow up the economy." Stripped of its politician's gloss, this is the message that House Speaker John Boehner delivered to Wall Street Monday in discussing the price Republicans demand for raising the debt ceiling.
Boehner argues that adopting his position would show that Washington is "starting to get the message" from the American people. But Boehner isn't hearing what most Americans are saying. In fact, the vast majority of Americans don't agree with Boehner's priorities.
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