Debt debate: Are we addicted to crisis?

CHIP EAST The National Debt Clock, which displays the current United States gross national debt and each American family’s share, … Continued


The National Debt Clock, which displays the current United States gross national debt and each American family’s share, hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square, in New York, May 16, 2011. REUTERS/Chip East

It’s been a tumultuous month for Congress.

Why did it take them so long to come to a deal? And why did Washington bring America to the brink of default before actually making that deal?

In his weekly video chat, Brad Hirschfield suggests that we’re addicted to crisis. Do you think this is true? And if it is, will anything ever be solved in a timely manner?

Join the conversation at 12:30 p.m. ET today. Ask a question now!

  • YEAL9

    If the RCC would shut its doors as it should considering its flawed history and theology, the contributions keeping this dinosaur afloat could be used to keep our government in good order. Ditto for all other affiliated churches, mosques, synagogues and temples in the USA..

  • persiflage

    No, we’re not addicted to crisis. Certain political entities are addicted to power, and a manufactured crisis like the debt ceiling limit is a tool employed to gain political power.

    Call me cynical, but the risks to this country at the hands of anti-government political zealots has never been greater – and the odd thing is, voters put them there with such an attitude of smug self-righteousness – as though they knew exactly what they were doing.

    Maybe voter stupidity is the basis for this unshakeable sense of foreboding that just won’t go away.

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