This morning I got a message from Credo Action, whose actions I usually support, encouraging me to
Tell Congress: Abolish the debt limit
I strongly hope this doesn’t become a progressive rallying cry.
Harry Reid recognized how foolish it would have been to allow raising the ceiling to be accepted as a concession from Republicans. It would be even more foolish to make abolishing it a progressive issue.
The limit is bad policy, impeding the government’s functioning, but a properly functioning government benefits conservatives as much as liberals. Advocating for abolishing the limit will take energy from true progressive causes (mitigating climate change, anyone?) AND make it easy for conservatives to paint progressives as eager for unlimited spending.