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October 10th, 2013
01:20 PM ET

NEW WORD ORDER: Are "debt limit deniers" dangerous?

Language is power and when someone invents or uses a new word or term gaining power, we recognize it.

In his column about the debt ceiling, U.S. News & World Report’s Robert Schlesinger wrote:

"Perhaps not so much according to an article appearing in Politico this morning which details the ’debt limit deniers’ caucus, or what might fairly be called the most dangerous people in Washington."

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The term "debt limit denier" (or "default denier" or "debt ceiling denier") has frequently popped up in editorials and broadcasts this week, almost always directed at Republicans.

It is reminiscent of previous "denier" labels attached to people who doubted the validity of climate change and evolution.

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Do you believe, if the debt limit is not raised, we’re headed for economic catastrophe? Who do you consider the "debt limit deniers"? Do you think "default deniers" are dangerous? Should you be allowed to doubt the validity of things like climate change and evolution? What other "denier" labels would you like to see introduced?

Let us know in the comment space below.

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  1. Robert Evans

    So long as something is not fact or scientific law, there should always be deniers, both for the good of the whole as well as the good of the debated theory. Darwin's Theory of Evolution was at the time of it's presentation, the deniers. Any time our only recourse to someone denying what we feel strongly about is to belittle them or oppress them outside the topic being debated, we prove to all just how weak our position is. Most intellectual positions invite challengers in order to find weakness in the position and to strengthen it with more discovery.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  2. Dave

    With all the fanfare over the ACA exchange startup, where are the interviews with anyone you has logged on and successfully signed up for any plan (and maybe was also pleased with the experience) ??????

    October 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Reply

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