Saturday, 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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