In the New York Times, Carl Hulse writes of the debt ceiling debate:
[I]n the House Republican majority…distrust of the Obama administration runs deep and warnings of economic Armageddon do not seem to be moving lawmakers toward a compromise.
Instead, many Congressional Republicans seem to be spoiling for a fight, calculating that some level of turmoil caused by a federal default might be what it takes to give them the chance to right the nation’s fiscal ship.
Sure, that makes sense. Like how sometimes you crash your car into a tree to teach your kid to wear his seatbelt. That’s a thing, right?