People look at Washington and say “I could do better” as hyperbole, but it’s no longer hyperbole. I really could do better. When it comes to increasing the debt ceiling, almost anyone could do better than the Republicans:
Real President: You must pass my bill, or there will be a huge disaster!
Imaginary Congressman: No. You sign my bill. Take it or leave it.
RP: You can’t talk to me like that! I’m the President of the United States!
IC: Pass your own bill then.
RP: The voters will punish you on election day.
IC: We’ll see who gets punished, Oh Magnificent One.
RP: You must pass this bill, or there will be a huge disaster!
IC: You said that already. Here’s the bill for a debt increase and spending cuts. Sign it, or don’t.
RP: I’ll give a speech!
IC: Yeah, whatever.
Most of the time being a congressman requires mature statesmanship, consensus-building, good manners, and wisdom, not that we get those in many cases. Most of the time, I could not do the work a representative or senator does every day. But on this day, we need less special men. We need a bunch of stubborn jerks.
UPDATE: About the national debt, here are charts of Total debt per person at the end of each administration, and debt per person after inflation. It’s food for thought.