In this day and age, it’s a sad fact of life that if you can make Democrats in Washington, D.C. angry, then you’ve almost certainly done the right thing.
That says quite a lot about Democrats these days, and none of those things are good. But that is the reality of the situation that we’re in.
But if you question whether angering Democrats a good idea, remember that it was Nancy Pelosi who said that they’d have to pass the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) bill in order to read what was in the bill. As if that makes any sense.
Fortunately, a Republican in the Senate showed a rare thing in D.C.: rationality about his job. How did he do that? By insisting that he needs to read a bill before voting for it. Tom Ozimek writes,
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Monday that he remains undecided on whether to back the bipartisan infrastructure plan due to concerns about how the measure will be paid for.
McConnell made the remarks at a press conference in Louisville, in response to a reporter asking whether he would support the $1.2 trillion package, which was hammered out last week by President Joe Biden and 10 senators—five from each party.
“I haven’t decided yet,” McConnell said, The Hill reports.
“We need to get a score, so we need to see whether the proposal is credibly paid for,” the Kentucky Republican added, referring to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) “scorekeeping” process of developing and recording measures of the likely budgetary impacts of proposed legislation.
McConnell noted that past efforts to pass infrastructure legislation have been mired in disputes over how the measure should be paid for.
That is an especially refreshing position to take on the infrastructure bill when you understand that the bill looks like it is to be ridiculously expensive and looks to almost certainly be packed full of Democrat-friendly pork barrel spending.
The best option on this bill would be to kill it completely and get the government out of managing the economy. Sadly, that doesn’t seem like a likely thing to happen, especially with Democrats in control in D.C., so I’ll take it as a minor win when Republicans insist that the bill has intelligent funding.