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How Does the Post Know That the Debt Is Becoming "Crushing?"

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Tuesday, 02 August 2011 04:51

Yes, it was just a throw away line. But serious newspapers do not say in front page story that:

"Over the long term, the deal could help free the nation from what is fast becoming a crushing debt."

Lines about a "crushing debt" should appear in quotations or left to the opinion pages. They should not be assertions of fact to readers.

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plagiarism
written by frankenduf, August 02, 2011 9:19
it's actually a Johnathan Swift line- crush the poor to make blood orange juice for the rich
Compared to what?
written by BH in MA, August 02, 2011 10:41
Thanks to low interest rates, debt service costs us less of a share of GDP than it did in the 80's, 90's and most of the 00's.

Which is more "crushing" - a 100k income, 40k in debt that costs 3k in interest or 200k income, 140k in debt that costs 3.5k in interest.

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