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 May 9, 2023

Joe Biden caves in to demands to negotiate with Republicans over debt ceiling

President Joe Biden will negotiate Monday on a debt ceiling deal, the Conservative Brief reported. The president was expected to meet with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Tuesday in an agreement that would avoid default on the national debt. 

Just last week, Biden reversed course on his hard line against a Republican proposal that included spending cuts. From a stop in Israel, Biden agreed to meet with McCarthy after the House of Representatives passed the legislation.

However, as late as last week, the official line was that Biden was not interested in any compromise. "We are not negotiating on this," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

"We’ve been very clear on this," she added. However, by the end of the week, Biden was publicly changing his tune.

During an interview on MSNBC Friday night, Biden called McCarthy an "honest man" and seemed to exonerate him and instead attacked the Republican Party. "I think he’s in the position, well, he had to make a deal and that was pretty — you know, 15 votes," Biden explained to "The 11th Hour" host Stephanie Ruhle.

"Fifteen votes that where he had — just about sold away everything that he — at the far, far right," Biden said. "There’s the Republican Party and there’s the MAGA Republicans, and the MAGA Republicans really have put him in a position where in order to stay Speaker, he has to agree — he’s agreed to things that, maybe, he believes, but are just extreme," the president added.

Biden said he wouldn't go "that far yet" when asked about whether the debt limit was unconstitutional. However, he laid into Republicans again but claimed he would work with them anyway.

"Here’s the deal, I think that — first of all, this is not your father’s Republican Party," Biden claimed."This is a different group. And I think that we have to make it clear to the American people that I am prepared to negotiate in detail with their budget," Biden added.

"How much are you going to spend? How much are you going to tax? Where can we cut?" he explained.

Despite his somewhat conciliar tone, Jean-Pierre scoffed at the idea of cuts during a news conference Monday, Fox News reported. A reporter asked about Biden's willingness to "move the ball" on the issue with McCarthy, and she launched into an explanation about the issue that would have many on social media laughing at her.

"I want to step back for a second, and I really appreciate the question, but let's look at this for the American people who are trying to figure out, who may not know what is it that we're talking about. So, look, let's look at it through the American families’ eyes for a second. If you buy a car, you are expected to pay the monthly payments," Jean-Pierre said.

"If you buy a home, you are to pay the mortgage every month. That is the expectation. That is the spending that you put forth or spending that you may have done before. And now you're playing every month," Jean-Pierre said

"If you do not pay your car payment, if you do not pay your mortgage payment, then your credit is going to be bad. It's going to hurt your credit," she explained. This breakdown of the issue was not only condescending but also made the case against another famously terrible Biden policy in canceling student debt.

The federal government can't keep spending and printing money with reckless abandon as if it won't have real-world consequences. It's about time Biden at least entertains the ideas of cuts rather than simply demanding the right to spend even more.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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