August 6, 2011
A Violent Metaphor in the Debt Ceiling Debate
The debt ceiling debate has has been described in very conflict-oriented terms--no surprise there. What has caught my attention is one word: "trigger." Click on Google and enter three search terms: debt+ceiling+trigger. You will pull up nearly 2,000,000 results. That word is everywhere. "Trigger" is the word we use to describe the mechanism for firing a gun. If words have meaning and influence our thinking, we can do without violent words, especially this one.
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