Prepare for a week of wide-eyed politics and process. But this DC sausage-making has implications for virtually every American family. What’s happening right now is nothing less than a one-time realignment of your kitchen table economy.
Democrats hail it as the most significant expansion of the safety net since LBJ’s Great Society or FDR’s New Deal. Republicans hate him for the same reason.
Republicans oppose tax hikes to pay the price and the scale of social spending. And among Democrats, there are internal wrangling over process and size.
Some Democrats in high-tax states insist on reinstating State and Local Tax Deductions (SALT). And some progressives might balk if moderate Democrats manage to water down corporate tax hikes or the size of the package.
Republicans are so opposed to the Democrats’ social agenda that they swear not to help raise the debt ceiling. On CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Pat Toomey said Democrats were in the midst of “a very damaging spending spree on a scale we’ve never seen, and they want us to come and let’s authorize the loan to help pay it off. ”He vowed the cap should be raised by Democrats alone.
Even an accidental short default could trigger a financial crisis, cost the government billions more in borrowing costs, and potentially drive up interest rates for the rest of us.
“Default is a serious problem,” says Valliere, but Wall Street players are betting so far that the debt ceiling will be resolved.
“It will eventually come up with the Democrats being forced to take most of the property,” Valliere said.
The administration believes that there are essential investments in the electricity grid, drinking water, airports, seaports, broadband internet, public transport and charging stations for electric vehicles. It’s a simple intelligence test for Washington, with broad popular support, that ended in DC’s Hell Week.