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It’s So Funny How Republicans, Democrats Don’t Talk Anymore
President Joe Biden, May 8 (The White House)

President Joe Biden met with congressional leaders today over the debt ceiling, which the Treasury will hit in about a month.

A wounded political animal — 36 percent approval rating indicates wounded — Biden may go for broke, in a metaphorical and literal sense, here. He wants to pin this on Republican intransigence, so political incentives do not really exist for him to find common ground that solves the problem.

While hitting the debt ceiling does not represent the exaggerated crisis indicated by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and others, it does represent a crisis. Nobody wants to play chicken with the U.S. economy — nobody, save for a politician who values his survival over the country.

Ginning up a crisis, and pinning it on the opposition with the assistance of a courtier press, looks like a possible solution to his political problem.

Our budget problem? That clearly ranks as a tertiary concern for the president based on his refusal, until this moment, to meet Republican congressional leaders on the issue and on his heretofore hardline, no-negotiations stance.

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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website,   
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