Earlier this month, my sons and I went on a wilderness trip to Montana. No phones, no electricity, no modern amenities. No news was truly good news. In addition to reconnecting with nature — and my remarkable kids — I had the time and space to contemplate the bigger picture for our beloved country.
When I returned, I saw two parties divided, but over very different things. The Democrats were arguing about tactics: when to vote on which bill; whether to alter or abolish the filibuster; how much to spend and where to spend it. In other words, the usual stuff.
To be sure, growth in the 4-to-6% range is pretty robust. But happiness (and disappointment) is a function of expectations. If folks were expecting a rocket launch, a firecracker feels like a dud.
You can’t get nine out of ten Americans to support almost anything in these divided, tribal, negative times. But Biden has done it. He has put together an agenda that is overwhelmingly popular — paid for by taxing the rich and big corporations (which garners the support of more than two-thirds of all Americans).
Despite the stunning popularity of Biden’s agenda, only one in ten Americans (in that same CBS poll) say they know a lot about what’s in it. And, let’s face it, that is high — a lot of folks probably said they knew what was in it when they really didn’t. The infighting, the backbiting, the nail-biting on Capitol Hill — that gets all the attention.
So, make the deal. Take the deal. Moderates should stop defending the indefensible filibuster. Leftists should replace the moronic “Defund the Police” mantra with a new slogan: “Fund the Family.”
It would make raising children easier, getting an education cheaper, taking life-saving medicine more affordable. It would also boost both the economy and Biden’s anemic approval ratings, the only two things that can stave off an electoral disaster in 2022 and perhaps worse in 2024.
Pass the damn bills.