What we have in Washington is a complete disconnect with the lives of ordinary working Americans. In Washington they speak a different language than the rest of society. Going broke is a cause for alarm as confirmed by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who said "Our rising debt levels (pose) a national security threat.” Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations also said "We've reached a point now where there's an intimate link between our solvency and our national security."
Anything that poses a threat to our national security should set off alarms through the halls of Congress and throughout the White House. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Speaker Boehner and Richard Haass have already answered David Gregory's question. If the government is shut down, it will be because the national debt is beyond the government's ability to pay. That's why it poses a national security threat.
In 2008, "Americans See 18% of Their Wealth Vanish." In 2010 new home prices reached an all time low. Today, unemployment remains above 9% by any measure. My point is that Americans understand what it means to be broke, and the very mention of the possibility is absolutely terrifying to most people. Americans don’t sit around the kitchen and point blame at who is responsible for shutting down the home because there is no money to pay the rent or mortgage.
They do what they have always done for centuries, they take immediate action to get out of debt as quickly as humanly possible. CNN Money wrote; “As the recovery sputters, many people are working two jobs to make ends meet.”
The voters are ahead of the learning curve when it comes to the dangers of too much debt. The words “we’re broke” may not elevate to the highest priority level within the White House, but for voters who have to live with debt every day, the words, we're broke, mean cutting expenses now, hanging on to every dollar earned, or otherwise lose everything we own.