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The U.S. Infrastructure Bill - The Nature of Democracy is Compromise

Nov 28, 2021 at 03:41 pm by mikewood

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The Nature of Democracy is Compromise

How Else Would a Majority of 330 Million People Get Agreement on Anything?

September 30, 2021 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Politics & Government / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

There are a couple of important legislative bills being debated in the House and Senate. On the one hand you have the Progressive Caucus threatening to hold, or even kill, the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed in the Senate. And on the other you have a couple of Democratic Senators withholding their votes on passing the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill.

Trump left office leaving a multi-trillion dollar deficit in 2020, and the same is expected to occur this year, regardless of the votes on the pending bills. If both bills pass, these huge deficits could spell significant trouble for American business, the economy and the people employed by them by virtue of impacting the trading rate for our currency vis a vis other currencies around the world. The combination of these bills could significantly devalue the purchasing power of the dollar.

If neither bill passes, Biden along with EVERY OTHER Democrat, would be negatively impacted. By possibly failing to pass at least one of the measures, while holding majorities in both chambers, the Democrats would leave themselves wide open to the opposition labeling them "Do Nothing Democrats". And you can be sure that Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, NY Post, Wall St Journal and ABC News would not let that opportunity slip by unheralded, unhyped and unsensationalized by his plethora of putrid propagandists.

There comes a time when one must step back and see the bigger picture. And at present, the bigger picture is that the Democrats can score a BIG WIN, by passing the INFRASTRUCTURE BILL - as that can be a rallying cry for them in the 2022 midterms and beyond. In passing the INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, Biden and the Democrats would have accomplished something that PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS FAILED TO DO, with even bigger majorities in both chambers.

It would be very sad, to see the Democrats let this opportunity slip away, because they fail to do what American legislators have done beginning with the inception of the republic - which is to compromise in order to get something done. We are at an important inflection point, voters, so pay heed to who votes which way, so that in 2022 and beyond, you'll know who is so uncompromising, that they will never get anything done.

Senator Bernie Sanders' legislative record is a case in point. In March of 2020, I did a story that, in part, focused on Sanders' legislative record, which was abysmal. Click here for our report on Senator Sanders' legislative record where no legislation of any significance was passed.

I like Bernie, and in 2016 found his candidacy to be of great interest. I think he's an important player in politics in our day, and continues to play an important role in the national conversation. But that said, the reason Biden won out for the presidency, is that Sanders he has never achieved anything legislatively. Click here for our report on Senator Sanders' candidacy for president in 2016.

The Nature of Democracy is Compromise

How Else Would a Majority of 330 Million People Get Agreement on Anything?

September 30, 2021 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Politics & Government / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC. Continued.


Generally speaking, grandstanding doesn't benefit anybody who is a member of the majority party. The majority party is tasked with getting things done. So passing half a loaf, is better than passing nothing.

A recent example of how grandstanding negatively impacted a majority party, was Senator John McCain's grandstanding against passage of the Trump repeal of Obamacare in 2017. By grandstanding, McCain saved Obamacare for all Americans which was good, and also, in part, helped un-elect Donald Trump and the Republicans in 2020, which (depending on your point of view) was also good.

I don't think the Progressive Caucus wants to do the same ... sabotage their own party because they didn't get everything they wanted ... but if they continue to be intransigent - they might.

One last word to all Democrats. And that is that the neither the liberal nor conservative members of your party are the enemy. Democracy is a dialogue, a civil conversation that oftentimes gets heated, but with patience and respect, a path forward is always out there ... somewhere.

My father, when I became impatient and even outraged with events, would tell me that "democracy takes time". Over time I came to see the wisdom of his words, recognizing that it takes time to convince people of a path forward.

Given recent events, I would add to that phrase, "while authoritarian dictates, take no time at all". Which would you rather have?