If a scientist could find a way to turn political hypocrisy into electricity, we’d have no need to burn coal or dam rivers. Washington, D.C. would provide all the energy our nation could ever use. Maybe Elon Musk can look into creating this.
On Monday, Senate Democrats, who claim to love initiatives that help America’s middle class, blocked the passage of a $1.8 trillion bill (that’s trillion, with a T) that would have provided relief from the economic anxiety caused by the Chinese coronavirus to hundreds of millions of Americans.
Although there’s plenty of Senate Democrats who never saw a government spending bill they didn’t like, the idea that President Trump might successfully tackle the COVID-19 crisis is too much for even a single one of them to break ranks.
All 47 Democrats voted against the measure, meaning it fell well short of the 60 votes needed to put it on Trump’s desk for his signature.
It’s an ugly partisan move by any reckoning. Despite the Democrats’ earlier claims that it was “crucial” to get the bill done and avoid an economic catastrophe, Senate Democrats want the credit for the success and aren’t willing to share it with the president.
In response to the bill’s failure to pass, the Dow Jones dropped nearly 600 points, while the S&P dropped nearly 70. The Dow’s drop was so steep that it triggered a “limit down” to prevent future trading (and future catastrophe).
Parts of the bill would have provided Americans with a cash contribution of some at least $1200, even more than the Soviet-style monthly redistribution program suggested by failed Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
Republican Senator Susan Collins from Maine, whom Democrats vaingloriously hoped might have cast an impeachment vote against Trump last month, said the Democrats’ immoral decision to vote against giving necessary aid to the American people is “irresponsible and unwise…they are playing with fire.”
To the surprise of exactly zero people, Townhall political editor Guy Benson tweeted out that none other than Nancy Pelosi herself was responsible for the blockage. “Talking to some Senate GOP sources,” said Benson. “They seem stunned and angry. I’m told there was lots of bipartisan input into the legislative outline & emerging specifics – including an agreement in principle on broad strokes. Then Pelosi showed up and threw a partisan grenade. Economists believe there is no time for a partisan standoff. But here we are. D’s counting on media cover & ‘corporations’ talking point.”
Nicole Kaeding, Vice President of Policy Promotion and Economist at the non-partisan National Taxpayers Union Foundation, laid it on even thicker over on Twitter. “I love the people in my feed saying McConnell should negotiate. He did, guys. The bill released today was watered down from the one the other day on several R issues. There were clear bipartisan changes.”