Governance by crisis looks like this


Washington – A week of strenuous walking, chewing gum, juggling and spinning balls in Washington sparks apocalyptic rhetoric about the state and future of the country.

Four great things are happening at the same time, all with hyperventilation.

The White House talks about “changing economic threats” if Republicans don’t start working together. The Republicans attack the Democrats to liberate the “great governmental socialist nations”. “Madness and disaster are now on the Republican line,” said Senate Leader Chuck Schumer.

This is a contest to see which side can fight back better. This is the state of governance due to the crisis. It may be the only way to do something.

The government has essential household chores to do this time of year. Yet there are no deals until it is absolutely necessary. Why are you playing at the 11th hour when you have 59 minutes left?

There are things to do.

The government needed a law to stay open during the budget year that began on Friday morning. It happened with a few hours to spare. You will also need to increase or suspend your borrowing limits to cover your current costs and avoid defaulting in the next two weeks. It’s new.


Then there is something I want to do.

President Joe Biden, many Democrats and a significant number of Republicans want to build or repair roads, bridges, broadband and more with ambitious public works programs. Biden and many Democrats, rather than Republicans, want to overburden their social and climate spending, which can cost more than three times the cost of infrastructure.

Despite Biden’s visit to parliament to dispel unrest between liberal and moderate Democrats over the two packages and get Congress to move on to its comprehensive agenda, on the frontlines, the action stopped on Friday. He said the path to progress was uncertain, but he was convinced his program would take precedence, whether it took “6 minutes, 6 days or 6 weeks.”

Crisis arose when one issue tied into another and what to do was held hostage by what lawmakers wanted to do, as is usually the case in Washington.


It can go against logic. It is also a way for great changes to occur frequently.

The meaning of dancing over the precipice is a 50-50 Senate, a tightly divided House of Representatives, an aggressive left-wing Democrat side, a stubborn Democratic centrist, a Republican willfully sabotaged and regaining his ability. The normality of Donald Trump years later, which lasted a week in the capital where the president struggles to keep his promise.

For the most part, moderate Democrats want infrastructure plans, Liberals want the ultimate package, and Biden wants both. The divisions exposed within the party over this agenda could neither leave him.

When negotiations with lawmakers went private mid-week, Biden spokesman Jen Psaki said the outcome would determine whether the Biden administration was living in idealistic drama or farce. I made a joke.

“If something good is going on, it’s probably the ‘West Wing’, if not it’s the ‘Beep’,” she said.

Republicans ditched their favorite slurs and threw them away, branded Democrats as aspiring socialists, and used the turmoil to define Biden as an incompetent leader.


Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy of California caused both the “border crisis”, the “inflation crisis”, the “labor crisis”, the “China crisis” and the ” foreign policy crisis ”. “The Democratic Party wants to involve bureaucratic forces to achieve its goal of being a great government socialist country,” he said.

Republican Senator John Cornyn called Biden’s program a “socialist accelerator.”

The words didn’t get too hot on the other side.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it will raise debt ceilings and an “incredible chain of disasters” that resistant Republicans could “damage America for 100 years.” He accused the country of being vulnerable. Democrat Pelosi quoted JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon in a speech at the house.

There is no doubt that the consequences of American defaults will be severe. For example, if you don’t increase your debt limit, interest rates on cars and mortgages can go up. But few people expect this to happen.


These were outliers when members of the Tea Party class of 2011 first threatened to default. Even though Republicans aren’t serious about its deployment today, it is standard GOP operating procedure to keep the long-term threat alive.

Avoiding flaws is just one of the procedural steps or routine duties armed in the Senate by Congress, especially Republican leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.

But the partial government shutdown is a line lawmakers have been prepared to overcome. The longest shutdown in history came under Trump, 35 days until January 2019, when the Democratic Party refused to approve the money because of its US-Mexico border wall. Trump backed down.

Trump’s immigration policy also triggered a three-day shutdown a year ago. In 2013, Republicans attempted to torpedo gold for the Obama-era health care law, starting a 16-day shutdown and, as in other cases, laying off hundreds of thousands of federal officials. it was done.


This time, lawmakers signed a contract to fund the government in the last few hours until December 3. Instead of dismantling the bomb, Stephen Colbert cracked the “late show”, “just press the snooze button on the bomb”.

Some experts in government operations saw the similarities in the 1983 Social Security showdown. It is definitely a crisis, as it was only a few months after the program went bankrupt and an agreement collapsed. been concluded.

It’s even worse, says Paul Light, professor of utilities at New York University and author of The Government-Industrial Complex, who has recently followed operations and government-wide for the past 35 years.

“At that time, we only had speakers, majority leaders and the president at the table,” he said. “Now we have to sign 15 selected or self-anointed heavyweights.


“Such moments are very rare,” Wright added. “We drift from year to year as the number of bills introduced and passed decreases, but we can still finish the budget on time and pass bills from time to time. It’s the 1983 crisis. Makes you look like child’s play. “

Even with the name-calling that rocked last week, there was uproar in the deal here and there, and fatigue in all attitudes.

During the negotiations, Cornin finally said he blamed all the bodies on the other side: “The Democrats don’t want to shut down the government. Republicans don’t want to shut down government. This will provide the results we all expect is to keep the lights on. His prediction was correct.

Hawaii’s Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono was outraged by the Democratic split over Biden’s infrastructure and major projects.

“It happens when it happens,” Hirono said. “So, while I say, everyone is becoming a reality. Tell me what you can support. We can talk, discuss and draw conclusions. to augment.”



Associated Press editors Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller contributed to this report.

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