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Even by Washington standards, it has been a particularly shameless week.
With millions of Texans freezing in their homes, Senator Ted Cruz fled to a Mexican beachfront, offering his constituents little more than political clichés in wanting to become “good dads”. (Apparently, flying your daughters to Cancun is like car-pooling – if your minivan was a Ritz-Carlton resort.)
Greg Abbott of Texas blamed the complete recession of the state’s infrastructure not on the lack of preparedness of leaders in the state, but on the Green New Deal – a liberal policy proposal that is not even close to becoming law.
His predecessor, Gov. Rick Perry, suggested that Texans would bear the days of blackouts voluntarily “to keep the federal government out of their business”. It seems hard to believe that any Texan – or indeed any human – would have to melt ice for water.
Abusive behavior beyond the Lone Star State. In New York, a state legalist said Gov. Andrew Andrew had vowed to “destroy” her in dealing with the deaths of nursing home residents in the past year – an issue that remains under investigation by the Department of Justice.
And Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said the armed attack on the Capitol was not all that well. Apparently, he missed several videos of the attackers, carrying guns, bats and other weapons.
And yet, beneath all this noise was an even more unusual sound: silence.
For the past six years, former President Donald J. Trump has dominated political conversations with almost every tweet to prevent outrage, finger pointing, and general news cycles. The audacious behavior of other politicians was often lost amid Mr. Trump’s obsessive desire to dominate coverage.
Okay, the former president is now almost silent in our national conversation, leaving a Trump-size void that President Biden has little desire to fill. It is a rude awakening for some other politicians, who find themselves suddenly engulfed in controversies that do not happen quickly in a deluge of Trump news.
It is unclear whether anyone will pay a significant political price for their actions. The previous administration delivered a relentless stream of anarchy, which could radically change the kind of fact-based rhetoric and norm-observant behavior expected of our political leaders. Already, some politicians have adopted Mr. Trump’s playbook for the survival controversy: blame liberals, twice, and admit their mistake.
Mr. Biden, at least, is determined to set a different tone. TJ Ducklow, a deputy press secretary who allegedly used abusive and sexist language with a female reporter, resigned last Saturday – reflecting Mr Biden’s Inauguration Day promise that everything he heard Would be abusive.
And on Tuesday in his first presidential town hall, Mr. Biden repeatedly used two words that many people in Washington haven’t heard in a while:
Democrat in disarray. One of a kind?
After a few weeks of party unity, Democrats are showing some new signs of division.
During the past week, Mr. Biden indicated that he was not fully sold on two proposals backed by his progressive base: waiving a $ 50,000 student loan for each borrower and raising the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour.
There are some high-profile champions in both schemes. New York Senator Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren have called on Mr. Biden to use his executive authority to cancel 80 percent of the debt owed by nearly 36 million borrowers. And the party is pretty much united over the $ 15 minimum wage, with Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders currently committed to including it in the COVID-19 relief package by making his way through Congress.
The issue for Democrats is how to move quickly. Mr. Biden favors another gradual phase-in of the $ 15 minimum wage to acknowledge concerns from business owners. And on student loans, Mr. Biden is not convinced he can wipe out so much with one stroke of his executive pen. He also indicated that proposals should include an income cap.
“My daughter went to Tulane University and then got a master’s in Penn; He sank $ 103,000 dollars in debt at CNN Town Hall on Tuesday. “I don’t think anyone should pay for it, but I think you should be able to shut it down.”
Mr. Biden will just be looking at some political realities. Surveys indicate both proposals are popular, though voters support $ 15 salary drops for potential economic impacts – such as the Congressional Budget Office’s forecast that it would cost more than a million jobs Can. For student loans, prominence reverts to a $ 50,000 relief, but when the plan is targeted at lower-income families, support increases.
By Numbers: 16
… This was the number of crossover districts – Congress districts in 2020, according to a new analysis by Daily Kos, where the two parties split the results between the presidency and Congress. This is the lowest number in a century.
“It’s like a denial of hard times. This is where the florist steps in. “This is a good time in the flower business.”
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