While I largely agree with your criticisms, it seems only fair to acknowledge Biden's limited options. A Republican controlled House means that budget negotiations were going to be extremely difficult no matter what. The House could, without reference to the debt limit, send the government finances into a tailspin by refusing to fund administration programs, either new or preexisting. Appropriations must be initiated in the House and without House approval, no budget can pass. Added to that is the thinnest of all possible majorities in the Senate (Manchin and Sinema, Inc.). I think the voters deserve most of the blame. Progressives have not demonstrated an ability to get support at the polls.

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