Scratch that, they do have one other thought.
Yep, Republicans wish to pay for infrastructure rebuilding by making the poor schlubs who need to drive to work every single day pay extra: person charges, toll roads, gasoline taxes. That hits low- and middle-income individuals disproportionately tougher, they usually already face increased transportation prices relative to their incomes.
Astoundingly some Democrats are down with that, like Virginia’s Mark Warner, who additionally occurs to be the second richest senator after Mitt Romney. “Consumer charges need to be a part of the combo,” he told Axios this week. Dangerous look, senator. As Kerry Eleveld says, “That’s concerning the dumbest place Democrats may undertake as a message heading into 2022.”
Fortunately there are much less well-heeled Democrats round to set him straight. Like President Biden. White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Friday that person charges will not be on the desk for Biden. He won’t break his pledge to not increase taxes on individuals making lower than $400,000.
That some Senate Democrats (like Kyrsten Sinema and Tom Carper) are also pushing user fees, as if it will truly find yourself making Republicans robotically resolve to play good and vote for the invoice—laughable, but on the identical time profoundly discouraging. There should not be so many gullible Democrats anymore, not after all of the years with Mitch McConnell as Republican chief.
Given what number of Republicans have been on the market claiming responsibility for the good things in Biden’s COVID-19 reduction legislation once they unanimously voted in opposition to it, Democrats must be getting the lesson. Republicans are going to remain within the negotiations solely for the aim of weakening the invoice. They are going to settle for the supplied bribes of particular initiatives of their districts and states included within the invoice after which 99% of them, if not 100%, will vote in opposition to it, forcing Democrats to go as a lot of it as they’ll with finances reconciliation and a easy majority vote.
Then Republicans will run dwelling, the place they are going to rebuke Biden and the Democrats for not being bipartisan and on the identical time take credit score for the nice initiatives that may quickly be occurring. As a result of that is what they do.
Biden must take the identical tack with these Democrats as he has with Republicans: Preserve them on a brief leash and provides them homework. One good job he ought to impose could be to follow message self-discipline, and cease them from going out in public saying things like: “I want the president had not taken person charges off the desk, whether or not gasoline tax or miles traveled. I believe person charges make sense.”