Unfortunately, from their perspective, a lot of them do grasp the extent of the problem
What you're pointing to there is that they grasp the scale of the electoral problem, which makes sense, they are politicians.
That's what they understand.
They can't understand the economic problem because for the most part they are not economists
and they are pampered and insulated from the day to day reality.
They will claim to take advice from economists, but that's different from understanding the advice, and if those
economists depend on pleasing you in return for getting paid, then you can find ones who'll say whatever suits you.
When 46 economists wrote an open letter in the Irish times raising concerns about NAMA what was the government response?
They described the letter as "poorly drafted"
For christ's sake, the message was clear enough, and the thought that people in government are resorting to
critiquing those that disagree with them when the stakes are so high. It's frightening. It's akin to starting
the Civil War, not because of the 6 counties, but because the treaty wasn't written in iambic pentameter.
NAMA is bigger than the Treaty with the Britain. It's that big. Why on earth are we not up to our ears in a full scale debate
that includes the likes of David McWilliams and others. We are the most educated generation in the history of the state,
we live in an era of unprecedented communications technology?
Fianna Fail are treating us like we're peasant farmers huddled around wirelesses waiting for Dev to tell us all what to do.