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Republican intransigence on lifting the debt ceiling is angering those on both sides of the debate with even some on the right saying the GOP is taking a big chance with its our-way-or-the-highway strategy.
“If the debt ceiling talks fail, independent voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise but Republicans were not,” conservative columnist David Brooks wrote in The New York Times on Tuesday. “If responsible Republicans don’t take control, independents will conclude that Republican fanaticism caused this default. They will conclude that Republicans are not fit to govern.”
Recent polls suggest Republicans have the most to lose if the debt limit is not raised. A June poll by the Pew Research Center for The Washington Post says at least 42 percent of those questioned say the GOP will be at fault if the talks fail and 59 percent say they would support a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes to reduce the deficit. Republicans remain steadfast in their opposition to any tax increases.
Polls by CNN/Opinion Research and ABC/Washington Post say Americans are fed up with both parties and the overall behavior of Congress. They fear Democrats won’t take the necessary steps to fix the problems that plague the nation but also worry that Republicans will cut Medicare and Social Security while protecting the rich.
Brooks may be right in saying Republicans aren’t fit to govern.
But neither are the Democrats.