Democrats play politics with crisis!

Democrats block key vote on $2 trillion coronavirus bill.

That’s the headline in the Washington Post this afternoon (03-23-2020). Even the liberal as they come WaPost is showing signs of frustration. Their subhead:

Democrats blocked a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill for the second day in a row Monday, as near-pandemonium erupted on the Senate floor with lawmakers venting fury about their failed efforts to address the pandemic’s impact on the U.S. economy. 

McConnell accused Democrats of holding up the sorely needed rescue package so they can try to add extraneous provisions sought by special interests and organized labor.

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National Review unpacks the reasons:

As Leader Schumer continues to hold up the desperately-needed relief package, the last-minute list of demands from Pelosi’s and Schumer’s ideological wish list are coming into focus.

Below are some of the new, non-coronavirus-related demands that popped up after Speaker Pelosi flew back from San Francisco yesterday after taking a week off:

  1. Unprecedented collective bargaining powers for unions
  2. Increased fuel emissions standards for airlines
  3. Expansion of wind and solar tax credits

Not only are these completely unrelated to the coronavirus epidemic, they could prevent companies from participating in the loan programs altogether—directly causing unnecessary layoffs.

Corporations evil?

Of course, Democrats hold that corporations are evil. But who will come up with the vaccine for coronavirus? The cure for COVID-19? Hint: The Big Drug Companies! Who is making the ventilators? Not Mahatma Ghandi at his spinning wheel. Big Corporations! Who is shipping the food to the supermarkets, processing the milk into cheese and the wheat into bread?

Again, National Review:

On Sunday, Democrats blocked a procedural vote on a coronavirus relief package in the Senate, arguing that the fiscal rescue package favored corporations over individuals.

Even if it were true, so what?Yes, lots of Americans already need financial help. Congress should send checks. But at this stage, Washington has a responsibility to focus on salvaging businesses, because that’s the most effective way to rescue individuals. And this doesn’t only mean small businesses, which everyone loves, but the big, nefarious, and callous corporations that employ around 40 percent of our workforce, and remain the conduit for tens of millions of private health insurance plans and retirement funds.

David Harsanyi closes his piece with this good observation: “The chances of crafting a perfect bill in this situation— or any, for that matter — is nil.” Which is why we say The Perfect is the enemy of the Good. And THAT was our bottom line!

What do YOU think?

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6 Responses to Democrats play politics with crisis!

  1. Good Dog,Happy Man says:

    Rather than knee-jerk reacting to the economic hardship caused by panic to the Chop Suey Kung Flu Fluey and going off half-cocked with another stimulative socialist spending spree, when proglibocrats piling political pork into this bill and causing its delay is a blessing in disguise.

    It allows cooler heads to prevail with some targeted, temporary and transparent relief measures.

    It also allows normal, regular Americans to see Democrats playing with politics and not letting this crisis go to waste. “Mailg-Nancy” Pelosi wants to throw a wrench into the works because the GreenNew Deal and Planned unParenthood, her pet, private, very profitable, non-profit, partisan political organization wouldn’t be eligible for Uncle Sugar’s bail-out money.

    I agree with Thomas Jefferson, “The care of human Life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” So let it be written, … so let it be done.

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  2. AdamC says:

    They want diversity and inclusion mandates for *any* organization using aid to observe jobs, and to use federal authority to enforce diversity and inclusion programming for 5 full years after the provision of aid. Presumably including dictating content, auditing programs, and requiring certain consultants to be hired at top dollar to mandate their insane ideology.

    This is 2 paragraphs among 1200 pages of completely insane demands.

    How can ANY reasonable person vote Dem when they are willing to wreck a nation’s economy over radical ideological demands???

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  3. madisonexpat says:

    Democrats never miss a chance to miss a chance.

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  4. TJ says:

    I hear the term “bailout” being used. When government orders your customers and employees to stay home and it dries up your business, aid from that same government is not a “bailout”.

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    • Good Dog,Happy Man says:

      Quite right. So call it a relief bill or stimulus bill then. But if they get Pelosi’s version, it won’t actually stimulate any economic recovery. If anything, it will be a drag on our recovery, just as BHO’s $850 million 2009 “not-so-many-shovel-ready job” stimulus was.

      I’m taking a more serious look at the coronavirus hysteria sweeping the nation, not out of fear of the disease, but out of fear of our government as they use the pandemic to destroy liberty and replace it with more too-big-to-fail government tyranny. I’m amazed at our collective passivity in giving up our God-given Constitutional rights so easily. Using Coronavirus as a political squirrel to distract the populous Trump, in a twinkling of an eye, the GOP joined Democrats, nationalists and Democratic Socialists to advance a socialist dystopian dream. Both political parties are rubber stamping new entitlements, advocating for huge spending and budget deficits exceeding even those of Bush and Obama with bailouts that make TARP I and II look like Conservative fiscal restraint.

      Coronavirus is being leveraged to deny the rights of citizens and promote “disaster socialism.” As Benjamin Franklin said, “If we give up our freedom for security, we deserve neither.’ We, the [good American] People will graciously give our government those 15 days of self-imposed quarantine, but after that, we will analyze the cost/benefit ratio of bankrupting future generations of Americans.

      But for Nasty Pelosi and the Democrats, this isn’t really about the economy or even the coronavirus. A crisis is a crisis, after all, and they never let one go to waste to further their proglobotic agenda.

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  5. I think the Democrats are playing an unethical game of extortion and it’s quite likely to backfire on them in a very bad way.

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