Patterico busts the Juice Voxers for misrepresenting the US national debt but lets them off easy for their sneering, condescending tone. Let me put it this way - the video in question sounds as if it was narrated by PajamaBoy. And maybe it was.
Left unanswered by the Juice Voxers - if the US national debt equals the debt held by the public, at $12.5 trillion, why do we have these scuffles about the debt ceiling, currently at $17.2 trillion? (Hint: The Social Security trust assets are a big part of the difference).
And when did debt held by the Social Security Trust Fund lose its sacrosanct status in the progressive catechism? Geez, I can remember when Bush wanted to reform Social security back in 2005, the progressive screaming point was that the trust fund debt was utterly comparable to Treasury debt, even though it is not. To be fair, maybe the catechism changed when Obama decided to ignore the fact that the Social Security trust assets are already included in the debt ceiling and pretended that failing to raise the debt ceiling would jeopardize payments to grannies and grandpas.
Has Team Left finally grasped these point, or is this just more of Matt's flexible advocacy?