Democrats are in disarray. While often a hyperbolic statement said around DC, Democrats are facing the harsh reality that it is hard to govern when you have all of the power in Congress and the White House. Often Democrats are trying to say the filibuster is bad for governing and that it should be repealed (Something AMAC Action has repeatedly fought back against). But now the party of big spending is facing a dilemma: they can bypass the filibuster they hate to increase the debt ceiling using budget reconciliation, or they can play political games by bringing the US economy to the brink of collapse to try and make Republicans vote for it too. For Democrats the choice is simple, if it’s politically bad, blame the Republicans even if the entire problem can be solved by Democrats alone.
At the same time Democrats have chosen to use budget reconciliation to spend $3.5 trillion on massive new social programs, which will make the debt problem worse. Democrats believe this massive spending will help them politically and are more than willing to do it on their own. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the rest of the Republican party are rightly standing up to Democrats wasteful spending, now Pelosi and the press are blaming Republicans for the approaching economic doom should Democrats refuse to increase the debt limit.
This is a completely made-up controversy; Democrats have the ability to ensure the economy keeps on functioning by using the same budget reconciliation rules they are using to bypass Republicans on taxes and spending. By ignoring this process Democrats face an impending government shutdown crisis of their own making. The media is a full attack mode, blaming Republicans for the impending shut down when Democrats have the tools they need, but lack the will to do it because they know it will cause political consequences they want to avoid.
Republican leadership has been clear for months that they would play no part in helping Democrats ram through their liberal wish list of spending and tax hikes. Now Speaker Pelosi is driving many members to the brink, pushing them to hold their noses and vote yes on trillions more in wasteful spending while saying they can’t raise the debt limit on their own too. This political brinksmanship will crash the economy if Democrats push too far. Unfortunately, that means Democrats are going to hurt everyday Americans to learn a simple lesson, you made the mess, you get to clean it up.
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