Thanks to a little help from their loyal friends in the mainstream media, Democrats on Capitol Hill have been successfully blaming Mitch McConnell and the Republicans for delaying the economic stimulus bill that America needs passed right now. And while there was great optimism in Washington on Tuesday that the parties would finally come together and vote the damn thing through to President Trump’s desk, let’s take a moment to expose the truth about what Democrats were trying to do here.
The story, so far as it’s being told by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and their cheerleaders at The New York Times, is a simple and timeless one: Republicans are trying to bail out their rich buddies on Wall Street and their corporate CEO masters while leaving the “little guy” to fend for himself. Typical greedy Republicans, yadda yadda yadda. It sells a good newspaper, but is it true?
For a hint, take a look at this release from the Trump campaign, highlighting 11 demands that Democrats were making on Monday – demands that put the passage of the stimulus bill on hold:
- $300 million in funding for public broadcasting;
- Expansive new tax credits for solar and wind energy;
- New emissions standards for airlines and a requirement for full carbon offset by 2025;
- Required same-day voter registration and early voting;
- Bailouts for the U.S. Postal Service, the union pension fund and student loans;
- Retirement plans for community newspaper employees;
- Publication of corporate pay statistics by race, and race statistics for all corporate boards;
- A $1 billion “Cash for Clunkers”-style program where the government buys planes from airlines;
- $1.5 million to study climate change mitigation efforts in civil aviation and aerospace industries;
- New and burdensome OSHA requirements on hospitals; and,
- $1 billion to build on a program expanded by President Barack Obama that provides discounted phone service for low-income consumers.
Identity politics? Check. Obama’s leftover nonsense? Check. Climate change agenda? Oh, you’d better believe that’s a check. Explain to us how a single one of these demands has anything to do with righting the economic ship, now tilting dangerously into the sea because of the coronavirus shutdown. Explain to us how America has time to waste on this liberal idiocy when small businesses and major industries are on the verge of collapse.
Over the weekend, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) reportedly said that the coronavirus bill presents Democrats “with a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision” for the country.
Never let a crisis go to waste, they say. And boy, Democrats in Washington have taken that lesson to heart.