For example, here's Ryan's opening line in his op-ed in the WSJ today:
America's national debt is over $16 trillion.The reason they're not talking about the deficit any more can be demonstrated in one graph.
Yep, its because the deficit is shrinking. As a matter of fact, perhaps one more graph would be in order. Because the deficit is now shrinking faster than at any time since the demobilization after WWII.
In order to scare voters into cutting spending that supports poor and middle class Americans, screaming about the deficit doesn't work anymore. They need a new big scary number for that. So perhaps we can enlist Bob Woodward to point out how they've suddenly "moved the goalposts."
Nah, that's not likely to happen. Its up to us to spread the word.