Joe Biden Backstabs While Kevin McCarthy Leads – The political machinations are in high gear this Spring as we head into what should be a relatively quiet summer recess season for Congress. Alas, it will neither be quiet nor peaceful this summer on Capitol Hill. The great debate over raising America’s debt ceiling is just beginning.
The financial well-being of every American today is at stake.
There are ghouls on the Left and the Right who yearn to see America careen off the fiscal cliff just so the two squabbling sides can try to pin the blame for the disaster on the other side before the crashing car reaches its destructive destination at the bottom of that fiscal cliff.
But there will be no real winners here.
Only gradations of defeat, devastation, and destruction if America’s leaders cannot set aside their idiotic political differences and work for the common good.
For many months, I had feared that the Republicans would give into their darker natures and listen to the crazed schemes of extremists, like Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who very badly want to see America default on its debt so that they could blame the Democrats.
McCarthy Proves His Worth
Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy of California is the weakest leader of the House in recent history.
Many analysts—including this author—were immediately convinced that the Speaker battle in January was a preview of the fight over the debt ceiling set for this summer.
Judging from the outcome of that fight, it seemed apparent that McCarthy would be led around by the nose by a faction of extremists who didn’t want to fix anything. They just wanted to watch the world burn.
Heading into this summer, sensing McCarthy’s weakness, President Joe Biden and his handlers concocted a scheme of their own: refuse to meet with McCarthy. Then, humiliated McCarthy by telling the world that he’d only negotiate with the Speaker over the debt ceiling if the weak Speaker could get legislation passed in the House outlining how they would raise the debt ceiling.
Biden was not serious about negotiating with McCarthy. The forty-sixth president (and his handlers, the real power behind the throne) assumed that McCarthy would never be able to get the House GOP to agree on anything related to raising the debt ceiling.
Yet, McCarthy prevailed. Yes, it was a slim majority that McCarthy got for his legislation. Of course, the legislation will likely be killed by the Senate. But, that’s beside the point.
McCarthy’s leadership abilities were challenged by a recalcitrant president; Biden bluffed about being willing to negotiate with McCarthy on the debt ceiling, and McCarthy deftly called Biden’s bluff. The House GOP bill explicitly allows for the debt ceiling to be raised in exchange for deep cuts to government spending.
This has always been the general Republican position on raising the debt ceiling. Everyone—including the senile Joe Biden—understood this.
Joe Biden Lied, America’s Economy Will Die
Now that McCarthy and the House GOP have called Joe Biden’s bluff, Biden is stabbing McCarthy in the back. Because just like Rep. Boebert and the other House GOP lunatics, Biden doesn’t want to actually raise the debt ceiling.
He’s making a cynical political calculation that the Democrat-loving media and most Americans will ultimately blame the GOP for taking the country off the fiscal cliff. In fact, given Biden’s recent reprehensible actions, the forty-sixth president wants America’s economy to crash-and-burn, so that he can make the improbable case that his political opponents are to blame for the perennially bad economy he’s presided over.
Kevin McCarthy was not really anyone’s choice to be Speaker. Republicans view him as a RINO. Democrats believe he’s very weak. McCarthy himself was forced to give far too much power away from his office to the very forces on the Far Right who damaged his bid for Speaker of the House in January.
Yet, McCarthy has still managed to endure the endless rounds of humiliation and govern. He has managed thus far to keep his fractious caucus together. It’s very impressive.
Going forward, the future of the republic is bleak. There are many cable news hosts who refuse to believe that anyone other than the extremists in the two parties want to see America default on its debt.
But, Joe Biden is himself an extremist. While he’s been billed by his supporters as being a moderate, the fact of the matter is that he’s always been on the Hard Left.
Biden the Extremist
As a senator, he was proudly part of the Soviet-backed nuclear freeze movement. Biden supported the most extreme Left-wing social programs.
As vice-president, it was Biden who pushed former President Barack Obama—kicking-and-screaming, mind you—into advocating for gay marriage. In 2001, Matthew Engel of The Guardian described Biden as being “on the eccentrically unpredictable wing of [the Democratic Party].”
Twenty years later, Biden was made the forty-sixth president. Part of this is because the Overton Window in American politics has decisively shifted to the Left. But, that doesn’t negate the fact that Biden is an extremist. He presents himself as the curmudgeonly lovable grandpa who just wants peace and stability (kind of like a senile Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars series). In reality, though, Biden is taking for himself far too much power than what the Framers of the Constitution wanted.
Now that McCarthy has shown he can meet Biden’s baseline for beginning negotiations on raising the debt ceiling, Biden is waffling on his previous tentative agreement to negotiate. The Republicans must show the American people that it is not the insanity of the handful of Far Right representatives in the House that’s risking our nation’s fiscal security, but instead the extremism of Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats.
They do not have our best interests at heart, despite whatever the Democrats claim heading into the 2024 Presidential Election.
It is now obvious that the Democrats want America to default.
Republicans need to both highlight the Democrats’ rank hypocrisy while also figure out a way to prevent the ultimate default from happening this summer, as neither party is going to negotiate in good faith or a timely manner to prevent the complete collapse of the American economy.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.