October 7, 2013
…Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that the budget brinkmanship was “playing with fire” and implored Congress to pass legislation to re-open the government and increase the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt limit. Lew reiterated that Obama has no intention to link either bill to Republican demands for changes in the 3-year-old health care law and spending cuts.
A defiant Boehner insisted that Obama must negotiate if the president wants to end the shutdown and avert a default that could trigger a financial crisis and recession that would echo 2008 or worse. The 2008 financial crisis plunged the country into the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s…
The two paragraphs above appear in the South China Morning Post. But the article from which they’re taken is authorized by The Associated Press. Like most Online articles I’ve read about the current US government shut down it presents no news, rather this article is a kind of scolding “warning” by boss Jack Lew that Congress is ‘ “playing with fire” ‘ by not re-opening the government and increasing America’s borrowing limit. As most who’ve tried to understand its events and what’s been said about this Obama Care government shutdown I have come to believe that the government shut down is a kind of tricky prelude to shenanigans planned by both Democrats and Republicans to increase the debt ceiling in order to fund their favoured projects regardless of what The Tea Party might say.
Its facticity in addition to its condescending and condemnatory tone might also be measured by its use of worn out hyperbole of the recent past such as “the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.” and seeming to scold from the heights of the literate by saying “reiterated” instead of repeated as in “Lew [repeated] that Obama has no intention to link either bill to Republican demands for changes in the 3-year-old health care law and spending cuts.”
Again this item is a warning from on high, not news.