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The Democrats couldn’t pass the big infrastructure bill, and there are too many complicated explanations for one simple reason:

Outright political exaggeration.


Joe Biden isn’t the first president to fall into this trap, but it’s still surprising given his 44 years of experience as a senator and VP.

They just asked to spend more, far more than the system was able to swallow.

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And the Democrat who campaigned as a moderate — which is essentially how he defeated Bernie Sanders — is now pushing most of Bernie’s agenda, which is, not surprisingly, politically skeptical for middle-of-the-street lawmakers. is toxic.

The narrow-mindedness of progressive Democrats and their media allies is rather breathtaking. They’re blaming Joe Manchin and especially Kirsten Cinema, who has been trashed on MSNBC, “SNL” and mocked by John Oliver, and described in a Maureen Dowd column as Capitol Hill’s Greta Garbo has gone. A liberal activist also followed and harassed Sinima in Phoenix’s bathroom. Without cinema and munchkin, Biden’s party would not have had 50 Senate seats.

The president himself asked reporters yesterday why someone with his experience could not win a House vote on his agenda, blaming it on “two people” – as if they were political opponents.

Biden noted that he opposed Medicare for All during the campaign and that the bill is not by “Bernie or the AOC,” not “somebody else’s law,” but “I wrote it.” It suggests a defensiveness about all the coverage that he has gone too far.

Of course, Nancy Pelosi didn’t have votes on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill because progressives are holding it hostage to get her $3.5 trillion Democratic wishlist bill—which was actually written largely by Bernie Sanders. had gone.

In terms of strategy, it is difficult to see why the president, who won by 7 million votes, felt the need to placate his left with such a huge sum of money. Or allow that top-line figure to become the focal point, as opposed to branding it as a health care bill or a climate bill or a help-the-kids bill.

Biden may have thought he’d give himself a place to come down—but that much room? When the combination of both measures, as well as the COVID relief legislation, is roughly equivalent to the entire federal budget?

The media is also acting as if the figure of 3.5 is the holy grail. a Washington Post piece The weekend was headlined “The White House faces grueling choices as it debates major cuts to the Biden economic plan.” Now spending less than $3.5 trillion is a cut—and a painful one at that?

The world would have looked much different if Biden had forced his party to win on infrastructure — a remarkable achievement, in fact — and then fight for these additional programs.

From a broader perspective, the problem may be that liberals have become too successful—so much so that they are arrogant and overconfident in their ability to remake the world.

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A year ago, he did not control the White House or the Senate and was terrified of beating Donald Trump. Now they feel entitled to break the bank with an FDR-style agenda, only with a razor-thin majority?

George W. Bush could not privatize Social Security. Barack Obama could not pass gun control. Donald Trump could not repeal Obamacare. They all collided with the limits of political reality.

In his New York Times column, Ross Dothata It’s logic That democratic liberals in 2003 must have been thrilled with the way culture has changed today.

One, Bush’s Iraq-era military intervention is a distant memory (and Trump had a lot to do with it).

Second, the agenda of “Value Voters” is no longer moving forward. Bush ran on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in 2004, and now, courtesy of the Supreme Court with a conservative majority, it’s the nation’s set law.

Third, the push for small government – as exemplified by the Tea Party rebellion and Paul Ryan’s drive for reform in Medicare and Medicaid – has hit a dead end.

Instead, Douthat says, we have “an unprecedented experiment in social spending to propel the country through the pandemic, and another spending increase under Biden — who, along with Manchin, is the most rightful senate on fiscal matters.” Democrats, standing on the left where Obama stood 10 years ago.”

And yet leftists regularly warn of gloom and doom, perhaps acknowledging that the revival of the welfare state and individual rights is creating a “somewhat darker future than they thought”.

Of course, liberals will counter that they are battling a Republican party in which the majority believes Biden stole the election.

If Biden eventually forces his party to work out a deal that would still add trillions to domestic programs, all of the now-chatter may prove to be a blot. But at this point, it seems that he has allowed his most ardent leftists to push him into a political stalemate.