(UnitedVoice.com) – For six months, Democrats excitedly believed it was finally time to deliver for the less than 25% of voters who acknowledge they are Progressives. Apparently, losing seats in the House when they were supposed to win seats and earning the smallest majority in nearly a century is considered a “mandate.” So is an evenly divided Senate. The Democrats roared into power after the 2020 election, and now their agenda is stalling on the verge of collapse.
Democrats are learning the hard way that the mandate they thought they had simply isn’t there. But that’s not stopping the far-left from trying to convince themselves or the public otherwise. Regardless, the proof there is no mandate is in the blow-up of the Democratic agenda. They can’t even pass something as simple as infrastructure. Everyone agrees that roads, bridges, transportation, electrical grids, water, and sewer lines need to be updated. However, they are finding a way to screw that up and miss an opportunity to pass the simplest of bipartisan legislation.
Biden’s Infrastructure Agenda Is Hanging by a Thin Line
In Biden’s original proposal, he championed the far-left agenda. He added free college, climate change, social welfare, and corporate tax increases to his long list of demands. In recent weeks, the demands shrunk to virtually nothing. The GOP was never going to give the Senate 10 votes to meet the 60 vote threshold to pass an outrageous $2+ trillion bill that was more “human infrastructure” than rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
On Friday, June 11, a bipartisan group of 10 Senators agreed to strip human infrastructure. It was a win for the GOP. However, Progressives are now threatening to block the bill. They are demanding that Congress spend trillions of dollars. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is calling the bipartisan deal a “half of a deal.” Translation: It stripped her far-left agenda, and she can’t accept it.
Here’s the reality: If Democrats could strip true infrastructure out of the bill and pass the Left’s social agenda without its cover, they would abandon infrastructure in a heartbeat. It was never about infrastructure. They aren’t interested in roads, bridges, and airports. Doing that would encourage more climate change, and they can’t have that.
Isn’t that what they are really saying by threatening to block the engine of America’s economy if they don’t get their way?
When All Else Fails, Pursue Another Failed Tactic
The proposal is all but stalled, yet the Democrats aren’t getting the message. On Monday, June 14, the White House and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) signaled they are ready to go it alone without the Republicans. They might need a new Senate Whip. Apparently, the one they have can’t count.
In recent days, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) expressed concern about the cost of the original proposal and is signaling he won’t support it. Imagine what he’s saying behind the scenes that he isn’t publicly saying. Additionally, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated that he would not support an infrastructure bill numerous times unless it’s bipartisan. The Democrats may be at least two votes down. There are rumors that other Democrats want to pass infrastructure even if it means a scaled-back version. All it takes is one Dem to say “no” vote to kill reconciliation.
The GOP Is in the Driver Seat
The optics for the Democrats keep getting worse as they hunker down and try to force the Left’s agenda. In the process, Democrats keep handing the GOP symbolic victories. That’s paying off in donations as the House GOP broke fundraising records for the third straight month in May.
Democrats are blowing their chance to meaningfully help America. It seems their ideology and leftist purity are more important than getting important things done, and the American people see it. In a May Gallup poll, only 36% of the country believes America is headed in the right direction.
If that becomes a trend over the next year, the GOP’s chances of winning the House and Senate are significant. The best thing Republicans can do is continue to obstruct the Democratic agenda, let the Left and Moderates in the party fight it out, and stay out of the way.
The Democrats will self-destruct all on their own. No help is needed.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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