With the clock ticking toward the Aug. 2 deadline on increasing the debt ceiling, Democrats and Republican are wrestling over what combination of tax increases, spending cuts and entitlement restructuring could help Americans shake off their economic troubles.
It is a classic power struggle. Like opposing spouses in a bitter divorce, both parties claim the exclusive ability of knowing the “right thing to do.” After all, they “care” more about those in their charge. Each one also wants to get the better of the other, even if it means maligning or making ugly accusations – and, in the end, getting nowhere . . .
There is a long-standing cliche in mainstream political commentary which likens the two-party state and duopoly system of government to a marriage. In this fantasy scenario, more often than not, the Democrats are portrayed as the overprotective and hysterical mommy party, while the Republicans are portrayed as the angry and drunken daddy party. A recent op-ed in Politico provides the cliche with a slight twist, arguing that the power struggle over the debt ceiling to a series of bitter divorce proceedings. Excerpt from Politico: