In case we didn’t know it already, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) admitted that they are holding the debt limit ‘hostage
until they get what they want in the negotiations.
In response, Democratic allies fumed: “Rep. Gaetz said the quiet part out loud ― this was never about fiscal health, and always about holding our economy hostage to enact an extremist economic agenda that experts predict would push the economy into recession.”
This is not the first time a leading Republican had referred to the debt limit in kidnapping terms. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said this after helping broker a deal in 2011 to avoid a default:
“What we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming,” he told NBC News.
No party should be able to hold the country hostage, especially not now when the stakes are so high.