While Republican lawmakers see the COVID-19 pandemic as a crisis requiring an immediate response, Democratic lawmakers see it as an opportunity to celebrate Christmas nine months early.
But they’re only hurting themselves.
Majority Whip James Clyburn, D., S.C., told Democratic Caucus members Thursday that the coronavirus relief bill was "a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist-leaning New York Democrat, was giddy Sunday with the possibilities that suffering Americans presented to her party.
"And it's actually a fascinating progressive moment, because what it's shown is that all of these issues have never been about how are you going to pay for it," she said in a video posted on social media. She added that the emergency removed the cost factor making this the time to address additional issues, no doubt including climate change.
Senior National Review Online writer David Harsanyi said of her statement, “It's incredibly dangerous to have people this ignorant in government during an emergency.”
And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking advantage of that “tremendous opportunity” with gusto.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., listed a dozen of the House bill’s poison pills in a Twitter thread Monday that included:
- Corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards at companies receiving assistance
- Bailing out all current debt of postal service
- Required early voting
- Required same day voter registration
- 10k bailout for student loans
- For companies accepting assistance, 1/3 of board members must be chosen by workers
- Provisions on official time for union collective bargaining
- Full offset of airline emissions by 2025
- Greenhouse gas statistics for individual flights
- Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
- $15 minimum wage at companies receiving assistance
- Permanent paid leave at companies receiving assistance
The $2 trillion, 1,400-page aid package also includes $35 million to the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, $300 million for the National Endowment of the Arts, and $278 million for the IRS, because, well, that’s how Democrats fight pandemics.
After the House passed its pork-laden bill Sunday, Pelosi declared a recess.
Unbelievably she warned the Senate not to include any poison pills in their version of the bill.
"The easiest way to do it is for us to put aside some of our concerns for another day, and get this done," she told CNBC. "If it has poison pills in it — and they know certain things are poison pills — then they don't want unanimous consent, they just want an ideological statement."
Yes, we know what they are — poison pills like bailing out student loans debt, requiring that small businesses both pay a $15 minimum wage and offer their employees permanent paid leave — whatever that means.
Texas Republican firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz observed that the bill included aircraft emission standards and was the embodiment of an Obama administration maxim, "Never let a crisis go to waste."
"What the hell do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands of people dying and millions of people out of work in the Coronavirus epidemic?" he asked angrily. He added that in the House bill also calls for "wind and solar tax credits."
Just to turn the screws a little tighter, Pelosi is in no hurry to act on the Senate version.
PBS "NewsHour" correspondent Lisa Desjardins asked Pelosi Wednesday if the House might be voting on the measure as soon as today. Pelosi replied, "No, we haven’t seen the bill yet."
She later added, "there is no decision about timing."
NBC’s Jake Sherman also reported just the depth of Pelosi’s concern.
"House was in this morning at 10 a.m. and 42 seconds. Out at 10:02 and 37 seconds," he reported. I’ll save you the math. That’s a grueling 115-second workday.
Sherman added that they’ll be back to work “tomorrow at 11 a.m.”
But it’s all likely to backfire on Pelosi.
Author, speaker, Forbes contributor and organizational psychologist Dr. Karlyn Borysenko is a lifelong Democrat. But that’s about to change.
"I have never voted for someone who was not a Democrat in my life. That streak will end in November," she said. "I'm beyond angry about what they are doing. This is not about the well-being of workers. This is taking advantage of a crisis. It's unconscionable."
Borysenko added a capper: "I can't wait for them to lose."
In a video she posted later, she added, "Democrats, congratulations. I’m voting for Donald Trump in November. And I’ll vote for every single Republican on the ballot over this nonsense."
The coronavirus aid package is supposed to provide relief to employers, employees, medical professionals, and Americans afflicted with the virus. It wasn’t supposed to be Christmas in March for the party of Jefferson and Jackson.
Democrats are being vulture lawmakers. Just as a vulture capitalist can destroy both lives and local economies in search of a quick buck, Democrats will destroy lives and the entire U.S. economy for their own greed.
And if Dr. Borysenko is any indication, they’ll will pay dearly in November because of it.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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