This is an interesting piece, although I don’t agree with this part at all. There was never an organic uprising against the deficit; it was a carefully-orchestrated campaign by the likes of Pete Peterson, helped along by the Koch brothers and their media enablers:
Finally, progressives have to be serious about reducing the country’s long-term deficits, constraining special interest spending and tax breaks and making government accountable to the ordinary citizen. The deficit matters to people and has real meaning and consequences. A government that spends and borrows without the kind of limits that would govern an ordinary family is going to have big troubles. Voters I’ve studied say things like, if “we keep spending like this, we’re going to be bankrupt and there won’t be anything for anybody,” especially “our children.” The final straw is the government’s decision to continue spending and to put the country deeper into debt and more dependent on China.
And this is where innumeracy comes in. Voters simply have no idea of the numbers involved, the size of the debt vs. the size of the U.S. economy. They haven’t noticed that deficit scares occur only during Democratic administration, and magically go away as soon as a Republican is elected president.