Joe Biden and Congressional leaders may be at cross-purposes over the debt limit, but the White House‘s recent comments suggest one side, in particular, is less serious than the other about taking fiscal responsibility.
The funny thing is, she wasn’t wrong. One side is responsible for overspending but the Press Secretary got it wrong, as always, as to which party that is.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s Friday remarks expose Biden’s insistent lack of concern for controlling the deficit.
She simultaneously criticized Republicans for not trimming their spending but then pointed out the president’s proposal to slash subsidies for Big Oil and Big Pharma with no coherent plan to make up the financial difference.
Though Biden remains “optimistic,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been the voice of reason, in insisting that any raise in the debt limit must be met with spending cuts.
This includes the implementation of work requirements for those who receive aid from safety net programs – a suggestion that Jean-Pierre and the Biden administration have refused to consider.
It appears Democrats are hoping to get away with reckless spending under the misguided impression that they are somehow exonerated on the matter of the debt limit. This is in spite of warnings that an unprecedented default may come as soon as June 1.
The president has had two meetings with McCarthy, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, but the talks led by their staff have since stalled, as the two sides reach an impasse.
Republican Louisiana Representative Garret Graves, appointed by McCarthy for the negotiations, described the moment as “just not productive” and refused to move forward absent a reasonable conversation from the other side.
With Biden now in Japan for the G7 summit, one should hope his staff are providing the president with updates so that he might return to the White House with more rational ideas.
Yet how much power will he have to rein in the Democrats’ wantonness should the talks continue?
The current situation leaves many at a loss, having watched negotiations between one side and the other bring no real progress.
As things stand, the gulf in fiscal responsibility is an area that should and must be bridged before June 1.
The Biden administration must take responsibility for their actions and not ask taxpayers to suffer for their lack of economic…