This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
Is Joe Manchin the only one in the Democrat Party that has any common sense? It would seem that way. Included as part of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that Congress is debating is:
- $2.9 trillion in tax increases;
- The largest expansion of welfare via additional Medicaid in nearly a decade;
- An accelerated path to Medicare insolvency;
- $3 billion on “tree equity” (whatever that is);
- A methane tax of $6,504 per cow imposed on dairy farmers;
- Trillions more added to the national debt through a budget gimmick.
Joe Biden claims the plan would “cost $0” because it is “paid for.” Not only is it NOT paid for (to the tune of hundreds of billions), but that statement defies logic. If I buy a maple creemee for $3, does it cost $0 just because I paid for it?
But Democrats can’t even get on the same page. They have the Presidency. They have the House. They have the Senate. And yet they can’t pass their reckless agenda that would cost $27,000 per household.
The Democrat Party is in such disarray that even SNL is making fun of them, calling Congressional Democrats “screwed.” It seems Joe Biden’s foreign-policy-failure summer is quickly turning into an economic-policy-failure fall.
The Democrats’ unpopular agenda is the largest contemporary expansion of the welfare state disguised as “stimulus.” This whole process is just like the so-called infrastructure bill failure — where just 10% actually goes to roads and bridges.
The best thing we can hope for is for Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer to keep doing whatever they’re doing — because each time they talk, the cracks in their tax-and-spend coalition only grow further.