That anodyne title of President Biden’s Oct. 4 briefing hides some deservedly harsh language: “The reason we have to raise the debt limit is, in part, because of the reckless tax and spending policies under the previous Trump administration.” Yes, when the R’s controlled Washington, they ran up expenses and cut taxes, primarily on the wealthy and corporations. And now they sit back and wait, not for the first time, for the Dems to clean up the fiscal mess the R’s left.
“Republicans in Congress raised the debt three times when Donald Trump was President, and each time with Democrat support. But now they won’t raise it even though they are responsible for more than $8 trillion in bills incurred in four years under the previous administration.”
“Raising the debt limit comes down to paying what we already owe, what has already been acquired — not anything new.” Mitch McConnell and co. refusing to vote for paying the country’s already incurred bills is irresponsible, contrary to the national interest, and harmful to our image abroad. And it wastes money: the bills will have to be paid eventually, and it is costly to shut down offices, pay employees for not working, and then get the offices moving again after Congress finally does what it should have done in the first place.