In Washington DC, one political side wants to raise the debt ceiling with limited fanfare for an extended period of time and with minimal negotiations. The other side wants to negotiate, using a shutdowns and defaults as leverage to get their agenda on the table while only allowing a very short term solution to be put into place.
Here’s the problem. The roles reverse when the White House changes hands. If the Democrats and Republicans were consistent with their philosophies, it wouldn’t matter who was in the White House at any given time. Why do the roles reverse so quickly? Optics. It’s all about how the “ruling” party is perceived. Why is this the case? Because they care much more about retaining power than they do about solving the nation’s problems.
On Facebook, we briefly explored this insane ebb and flow: