Politically bankrupt: Senate Republicans are happy for the US to default on its debt
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with GOP senators attends a press conference on the debt limit on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 2021. - Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS

Journey with us, if you will, all the way back to August 2019. In a budget deal passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, Washington suspended the U.S. debt limit for two years — two years in which Republicans refrained from pitching a fit every time the U.S. needed to borrow more money. And borrow we did, under an administration and Congress that slashed taxes by trillions while dramatically increasing federal spending, even before the COVID crisis hit. With aid of three separate increases to the debt ceiling, the federal debt soared by nearly $7.8 trillion during Trump’s four-...