Let’s see if you can make heads of tails of this vacuous jumble of words from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:

The question is extremely simple: If Congress agrees to meet the president’s demands and hike the debt ceiling without any preconditions, what dollar figure and/or time frame would the president like to see in the legislation? Increasing the debt ceiling isn’t a hypothetical or symbolic action. It involves extending the government’s ability to borrow a finite amount of money — you know, actual dollars and cents. Carney doesn’t even try to answer the reporter’s basic and reasonable question; instead, he reverts back to mindless repetitions of Obama’s exhortations for Congressional action. Yeah, we got all that, Jay. Your boss prattled endlessly about it on Monday. So what’s going on here? I see two possibilities:

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