If my US-based friends haven’t started leaning on your elected representatives yet, it’s time. And it’s not time to encourage them to “stand their ground” – it’s time to encourage the to engage in principled compromise and get the job done that needs doing. Here’s the language I used; feel free to copy or adapt it if you like.
Principled compromise is the foundation of progress in a multi-party system of governance. If you and the other leaders of our federal government continue to engage in protracted, immovable grandstanding on the debt ceiling, literally nothing will get accomplished beyond the long-term weakening of our already fragile economy. Pledges and other public statements by which you have backed yourself into a policy corner are not the concern of the American people. We really don’t care if there’s a path forward in which you can save face or not. We all feel like it’s absolutely unconscionable that this has dragged on this long. It’s time to quit grandstanding and engage in principled compromise to GET THE JOB DONE on raising the debt ceiling.