It’s reckless to think you can manufacture an economic crisis for political leverage and then control the cascading resultsDavid Brooks in May 2011 on the opening of the debt ceiling negotiations:
There is a lot going on behind the scenes of the debate over how to raise the federal debt-ceiling limit. Something good might happen.
Events are being driven by the Republican leaders. The playing field on the debt-ceiling fight is tilted in their direction, so they want to make this fight as consequential as possible. They want to use this occasion to reshape fiscal policy for decades.