Democrats’ View On Their “Mandate”

Oh, yes…they think they still have a “mandate”. Even if Joe Biden won by the slimmest of margins, that some people still feel was stolen from Donald Trump. Even though the House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi’s reign is about to collapse in a scant twelve months. Even though the Senate is teetering on the brink of gridlock, tied at 50/50, and all polls showing that the nation is tired of Democrats’ in-fighting and not being able to do the public’s business, but are more interested in trying to pack the Supreme Court, or get rid of the filibuster rule that’s been in place since 1837! They still believe that they have all the answers, and by God, you’re going to sit up and listen to them!

So, they feel they have not only a right, but a moral obligation to slam socialist agenda after communist manifesto down your throats, regardless how you feel about it. And this past Friday night’s passage of the extremely pared back infrastructure bill that only took seven months to debate and pass both houses of Congress is a living example of it. Democrats feel rejuvenated that they were able to actually pass a bill and get some added money that they can spend, even if it was only $1.2 trillion.

Unfortunately for the Democrats, they are missing the big picture. America did not give them a mandate. America gave them a “we’re sick of tweets from Donald Trump” approval and it became the lesser of two evils. I’ve always said that if Donald Trump had not behaved like a Manhattan real estate developer, but more as a normal human being, he would have won reelection in a landslide. When you allow your ego to come into play as much as Trump did during COVID, to the point where you need to be at a podium thanking everyone that is helping out every single day for two hours, it becomes too much, and Americans turned against him. Not that they were every really all that much for him. His approval ratings were pretty much in the 40’s throughout his term.

But the Democrats were wrong to think that because they held a slim majority in the House and had a tie, broken only by the Vice President in the Senate, that they somehow had a mandate to systematically try to transform America into the next Cuba. And the poor approval numbers for Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, and AOC show that America is not ready to drive around in 1950 style cars that are cobbled together with spare parts, and drink mojito’s. Well, maybe the mojitos. But certainly not the living conditions that most Cubans find themselves in.

Joe Biden now feels that since he got his infrastructure bill through Congress, a Congress his party controls, that he can continue on traveling down his path of incredible destruction of this country. I think you’re going to see some systematic changes all right…but not the kind that Joe Biden is looking to invoke.

First and foremost, we’ve got a Senate that is on vacation until after tomorrow’s Veterans’ Day. They’ll most likely be back in session on the 15th, but only for a short time. Don’t forget, we’ve got Thanksgiving come up the week after that, and then there is only a very short window before Christmas and New Years. And to try and get much passed between now and then is going to be rough, though he’s hoping that he can get another trillion or so added to his honey pot to dip into and throw to unions, socialist programs like Green New Deal, and other boondoggles that have been proven not to work.

Then you move into 2022, which is an election year. Can anyone tell me how popular Congress feels it is to pass any major legislation during a midterm election year, especially when the party in power is expected to lose both houses? There are two chances…slim and none, and I just saw slim getting on an airplane, much to AOC’s chagrin. I don’t expect much in the way of anything but partisan bickering next year.

And then we can get some real work done in November of 2022, and start turning things around after that!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Biden Gets His Infrastructure Bill

It’s nowhere near the mega monolith that he wanted, but Joe “Brandon” Biden did get his infrastructure bill finally passed by the House or Representatives Friday night after a “rules change” on how voting should be done, and a lot of arm twisting and rabble rousing.

So, we’ve heard all sorts of crap about this bill, and haven’t really heard much about what is in it. Everyone and their cousin says that our infrastructure, and I’m using the traditional definition of infrastructure here, sucks. They’re right. Roads, bridges, airports, railways, all need upgrading, as does our nation’s power grid. How much of the $1.2 trillion package is going to help that and how much is going to boondoggle stuff that progressive socialist snowflakes want? Let’s find out, shall we?

$110 billion of the $1.2 trillion is going to roads, bridges and “other infrastructure projects”. This is a pare-back of about $49 billion from what Biden originally wanted. According to the White House, there is about 20% of our roadways in “poor condition” (I’d agree), and there are 45,000 bridges in our country deemed unsafe.

$11 billion will go to “transportation safety”, which basically means they’re going to use it to tell us to drive safer. Interestingly enough, included in that is “pipeline safety”. It’s cute that Biden would throw that in after cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline project that was already underway when he took office.

$1 billion is going to go to “reconnecting mostly black communities” who’s towns were divided by highways and interstates. That is really nothing more than a bailout to black communities.

$39 billion will go to modernizing mass transit, such as busses, bus stations, and the like. That’s less than half of what Biden originally wanted.

$66 billion goes to passenger and freight rail modernization, including $12 billion for inner city high speed rail.

$17 billion goes to upgrade our ports, and another $25 billion goes for upgrading airports.

$65 billion goes to our aging power grid to get that more into the 21st century, and yes, Virginia, it will be more like the Green New Deal than the current power grid is.

$55 billion goes to upgrading the water infrastructure. I can tell you, that will be welcome news out here in the desert where we are starting to see all of the water reduction plans that the state is foisting on the public.

Another $50 billion is going toward making our water system more resilient and less prone to terrorist attacks.

Then we get into the area I would call “less than infrastructure stuff”, which includes $65 billion to upgrade internet services.

$7.5 billion will head toward electric busses and ferries, while another $7.5 billion will go to charging stations around the country, which is one of the biggest drawbacks to electric cars today. Well, that and the fact, no one has figured out what to do with old, discarded batteries that will soon be piling up.

$21 billion going to juice up the Superfund, which is used to clean up environmental hazards.

And how to pay for it all? Well, there will be a LOT of tax increases for folks using cryptocurrencies, for businesses (though the increase in corporate tax rates didn’t make the cut). Businesses will see more taxes in the non-revenue sides of their endeavors, and there will start to be a rather large bill sent to businesses that bring in the Superfund to help clean up environmental oopsies. However, according to the Congressional Budget Office, which scores the costs of these programs, it will add about $350 billion in debt to our federal debt. It isn’t a zero cost as the White House explained it would be. And you know as well as I that these things ALWAYS cost more than they originally bargain for. That means that the likelihood that you will see a tax increase coming your way, regardless how much money you make is 100% certain. Chew on that next summer when all of our interstates are torn up and you’re sitting in traffic jams!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

Well, that’s what happened on Thursday.

The White House sent Joe “Brandon” Biden down to Congress to meet with Democrat House Members and Senators over his now scaled back version of his $3.5 trillion spending bill, along with his $1.75 trillion infrastructure bill. He was there because progressive socialists and moderate Democrats couldn’t agree on when to vote on what, and were committed that if they didn’t get their way, they would vote no on everything.

So, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi had to pull the bill from being voted on for a second time. Not at all happy that the spending bill was coming before the infrastructure bill, which Pelosi had promised would be voted on together, progressives said they wouldn’t be backing either at this point in time. So, Pelosi, who only has like a four vote margin, had to pull the vote a second time.

They still don’t have confirmation that even if Pelosi does manage to get things passed in the House that the Senate will follow suit. While Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have been able to whittle the spending bill down from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion, along with a $1.9 trillion tax hike (they say it’s mostly on the rich…do you believe that one?), they still are not in the “yes” category when it comes to voting. And without them, Democrats don’t have much of a chance. It has gotten so bad for Biden, he was even talking to Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) about backing him. They, at last report are firmly in the GOP camp. Murkowski is up for reelection next year and is being primaried (again), and Alaskans are pretty much fed up with her shenanigans.

So, while you would think tax and spend would suit the Democrats especially well, this year, not so much. And as Biden said, the future of the Congress, both House and Senate, as well as “my presidency” rest in the balance of this vote. Biden had asked that this be wrapped up by the time he left for his meeting with Pope Francis in Rome, and his climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. He plans to meet with Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, and French Prime Minister, Emmanuel Macron before heading off to Scotland. Unfortunately, I don’t think Biden’s presidency rests in the balance of passing this bill or not. I think historians will already have written him off as a has-been prior to anything that happens with building anything back better!

And I must admit, this is a rather surprising turn of events for Democrats. Typically you would have expected Nancy Pelosi to wield a heavy baton when it came to getting members in line. But as I’m personally seeing in other areas of my life where strong people have turned weak, that seems to be the case with Pelosi. She can’t seem to bring the two sides together, and the Progressive Caucus in the House has like 95 members. She can’t afford to lose them!

Meanwhile over in the Senate, Chuckie Schumer (D-NY) is displaying a lack of leadership that is incredibly incompetent. Not being able to get even two Senators to go along with his backing a presidential signature agenda item is staggering. And when that didn’t happen, he even tried to cross the aisle, something Schumer is certainly not known for. He was rebuffed with extreme prejudice on that account. Not even Mitt Romney (R-UT) would take up a conversation with him.

So, Democrats are becoming the weakest they’ve been in decades, probably in my lifetime. They have no leader in either house of Congress to bring their members together. The two sides of the faction are miles apart on what needs to be done in order to “move the country forward”. It’s so bad that Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat running for the Governor’s mansion in Virginia is pleading with anyone in DC that will listen that he cannot win his race without something happening on this bill! And his campaign seems in tatters after Fox News released an email that was supposed to be sent only to staff members. It was requesting information that was, shall we say, less than flattering for the one time Virginia Governor, and the response that was sent by mistake back to Fox News as, “Is there any way we can kill this?” Not a good look for someone who should be winning the blue state’s top job hands down!

And so it continues for Democrats. One bad thing after another. They can’t walk, chew gun, or tie their shoes while standing still. And yet, they want us to believe all’s right in the White House, and they are the best suited party to run the country. Hell, they can’t even run their own party!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Bad Summer – Worse Fall?

Joe Biden had a terrible summer. His vacation was cut short because of the botched Afghanistan withdrawal that he authorized over the objections of his generals, especially General Mark Milley. And America seems to have sat up and taken notice on that one. A Rasmussen poll suggests that Americans believe Milley’s version of what happened over Biden’s. That’s not a good credibility builder.

Biden has talked a big game when it comes to fixing the problem at the southern border (I don’t think he has still called it a “crisis” though the rest of the world has). He put K-baby Harris in charge, and she is more likely to be picking out drapes and color schemes for the Naval Observatory than she is to be wandering through the Great Southwest looking for illegal aliens. His “200 page plan” to rid us of COVID has been a joke from the beginning, showing that he knows less about the disease than Donald Trump.

What Biden has done exceptionally well is spend money like a housewife with a platinum credit card while her husband is out of town! He’s added about $1.4 trillion to the federal debt since taking office less than nine months ago. The inflation rate, which was down around 1.5% per year under Donald Trump has now been bumped from 2.4% to 3.4% to 4.2% and now sits about at 5.6% (according to the latest FED numbers). While that may be good news for retirees investing in corporate bonds, it sucks for anybody owing money.

And what about “working across the aisle”? Biden touted that as a strength during the campaign. Unfortunately he hasn’t got the chance to work across the aisle yet because he hasn’t been able to bring his own party to the table. He can’t seem to get much passed in the House or Senate because of razor thin margins that he has to work with. Progressives don’t want anything to do with Moderates, and Moderates won’t even look at Progressives, and they are miles apart. Meanwhile Pelosi in the House and Schumer in the Senate need EVERYBODY on board to pass ANYTHING!

The scuttlebutt in Washington is that the Senate will most likely flip to Republicans next year. After all, they only need to gain one seat to make that happen. And in the House, it’s down to a three vote margin most of the time, and Pelosi has been pulling bills left and right, after promising to take votes on infrastructure, she reneged because it would have failed miserably. She didn’t want to embarrass Biden any further than he’s already embarrassing himself.

So, the fall is going to be a nasty time for Joe Biden. What can he look forward to if this year is his best year in office? He’s done nothing but upset the country to the point that most of his own party, while still backing him, wishes they had nominated someone else!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Pelosi Gambit

Nancy Pelosi is in a world of hurt today. The Speaker of the House, who loves to pontificate how she controls everything going on in Washington, at least in Congress, is not in control apparently. She is at the whim of about 14 people. And all of them are Democrats.

At issue is the prospect of the Senate passed bi-partisan infrastructure bill, which came in at about $1.2 Trillion, failing if the federal budget isn’t passed first. The only problem Pelosi has is that she has about three votes as a margin to pass the infrastructure bill. She would prefer to hold on to that bill and pass it along with the much larger $3.5 Trillion additional bill that gives Democrats all the candy they couldn’t do in a bi-partisan attempt.

And there’s the rub.

Pelosi has received a letter last week from nine of her very own party members stating that unless she tackles the budget first, they won’t be voting for the infrastructure bill. That means the infrastructure bill fails, and Joe Biden doesn’t get the big win he was hoping to get in his first year with control over both sides of Congress. The nine members are all moderates, and don’t want to see the country over-spending, which has been the main cause of a marked spike in inflation this year.

But, if Pelosi does cave on the infrastructure bill, she runs the risk of pissing off the five members of the Whackjob five, AOC’s group, which have been calling for both of the infrastructure bills to be voted on together. They want to tackle that before they look at the federal budget for next year. If Pelosi doesn’t go along with them, she will get the budget, but not the infrastructure. If she goes with the moderates, she gets the infrastructure, but not the budget. It’s a conundrum she hasn’t been used to dealing with.

I have to admit, it’s rather fun to sit back and watch liberals eat themselves on these issues. I was beginning to think Republicans were the only ones that were never in lock step with each other, but it appears that not everyone is in lock step with much going on in the House either.

There really isn’t any solution to the problem, unless Pelosi decides to play tough. If she does that she’s going to alienate one of the two groups. The question then becomes which group is going to cause more crap for her up the road. We’ve seen that AOC and her gang of whackjobs don’t have a problem spewing venom, even if it’s against their own party. They are committed to pushing socialism regardless of the costs to Democrats as a party. The other nine are much more moderate. These are more like the “blue-dog” Democrats that were relatively conservative on fiscal issues, and liberal on the social issues. If Pelosi were to have to choose one group, I bet she’d choose to placate the Whackjob segment, and threaten to not back the nine moderates. That would allow her to maybe primary the nine in their districts with more liberal Democrats and hopefully she could win both sides eventually. That’s a really long and dangerous putt.

The Republicans are poised to take over the House next year anyway due to several retirement issues, a really bad image that the Democrats have because Biden has been screwing up so much lately, and because of redistricting which is said to basically give Republicans anywhere between five and nine seats just because of the way the districts in the various states are redrawn due to the 2020 Census. Any angst by Democrats in the House that could cause voters to change their minds or elect someone in a primary that is unelectable in the general election only furthers the GOP cause. And that speeds up Pelosi’s ultimate demise and retirement from the House.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Here Comes Your Tax Increase?

Well, sort of. There’s no word from the White House yet, but that $1 Trillion infrastructure bill that is being passed this week by the Senate and the House holds something that could be a ticking time bomb for Joe Biden.

It contains a tax increase for every single American that uses a motor vehicle.

Part of the way to pay for the infrastructure bill is to invoke a “pilot program” that would charge you for every mile you drive. It would be in effect for light cars, medium and heavy duty trucks, pretty much anything that drives on the road today. And it would be based on the amount of “damage” your vehicle would do to the road.

That does fly in the face of Biden’s promise not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year (revised downward later on to $400,000 per those filing their taxes jointly). And it’s not clear of crossing this red line is something that would spark Biden to nix the whole infrastructure plan, or if he’s more likely to follow George HW Bush’s path, and go ahead and raise taxes (remember “Read my lips…”?) That cost Bush the chance at another four years in the White House, after he entered the campaign with a 90% approval rating.

While Biden is addle-minded, and doesn’t have the mental acuity to be efficient at his job, he certainly knows that a broken promise like raising taxes on pretty much every American over the age of 16 isn’t going to go down well. But is it enough to get him to nix what basically would be his signature bill in his first four years in office? Time will tell.

The bill basically would put Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen and Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg in charge of coming up with a pilot program that would be given to Congress within three years. Then Congress can decide whether or not to adopt the program or let it die. Here’s the verbiage out of the 2,700 page bill:

“The Secretary, in coordination with the Secretary of the Treasury, and consistent with the recommendations of the advisory board, shall establish a pilot program to demonstrate a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee to restore and maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and to improve and maintain the surface transportation system.”

The current federal gasoline tax sits at 18.4 cents per gallon, and has stayed there since 1993. It hasn’t kept up with inflation or with the increase in mileage per gallon that today’s cars get. But a promise is a promise, and even though the infrastructure bill is something that most Americans would say is needed, how to pay for it becomes the sticking point. Everyone wants someone else to foot the bill. Most of the $1 Trillion plus bill will be paid for by using unspent COVID money, money that states have returned to the federal government after not following through with the $300 a week unemployment compensation boost, unemployment money that was fraudulently obtained by citizens, and economic growth fueled by this roaring economy we’re enjoying (LOL).

Now, Biden finds himself behind the eight ball, and it’ll be interesting to see if he’s willing to stay true to what he told the American people last fall, or if he’s willing to draw a line in the sand and possibly not get the bill to fix the roads, bridges, airports, and railways in our country. It should be fun to watch. Go to the store and get an extra big bag of popcorn!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

EXTRA! Is The Infrastructure Deal Dead?

It very well could be. That’s because Republicans who had negotiated with Democrats in a bi-partisan deal to spend $1.2 Trillion on the nation’s infrastructure and send it through to the President for his signature were describing themselves as being “blindsided”, “frustrated” and “lied to” by Joe Biden.

Congress basically reached a deal on infrastructure that would have signaled the first time in a very long time that a deal this big could have actually reached across the aisle and had strong bi-partisan support. The deal wasn’t exactly what the White House wanted because one of the things it did was cut out all of the squishy, soft feel-good spending that Democrats love. And then Biden went off.

He said in a press conference that if they were only going to send the bi-partisan bill to the Oval Office, he wouldn’t be signing it unless it contained a “human infrastructure” bill along side of it. That’s the squishy, soft, feel-good spending that is designed to put money in Democrats’ pockets, bail out cities that are Democrat run and heading for bankruptcy, and paying back unions and supporters for getting Biden elected in the first place.

Knowing that, Republicans basically said they felt betrayed by the turn about by Biden and they were in a state of mind that if Biden was going to play that game, they’d be pulling their support and the whole infrastructure bill would collapse. Biden is now saying that if the spending isn’t in the neighborhood of $4 Trillion, he wouldn’t be on board with it. Senators who were part of the bi-partisan group, which included moderate Republicans like Mitt Romney (R-Ut), Susan Collins (R-Me), Rob Portman (R-Oh) and the like weren’t told of the “my way or the highway” plan that Biden said he was touting the whole time.

The infrastructure bill was Biden’s signature legislation for his first term.

That would leave Democrats with only one option…they’d have to use budget reconciliation in order to pass the infrastructure bill, and it would have to be done as a tax in order to achieve that. Otherwise, they’re going to need 60 votes to get it passed. Either way, it doesn’t appear according to most polls that Americans are primed for another $4 to $6 Trillion in spending at this point in time. Especially when it would give Republicans huge ammunition in 2022 and 2024.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Final Infrastructure Bill No Where Near Biden’s Wish List

When Joe Biden released his wish list infrastructure bill, it included $2.3 trillion in new spending. While that figure is huge, and really a budget buster, it wasn’t the problem. The main problem came in as to how Biden was defining the word “infrastructure”. And while the House of Representatives would pass anything sent to it from the White House, pretty much along party lines, the Senate is a different story.

Republicans have been meeting with Biden, telling him that $2.3 trillions wasn’t going to fly. Especially when only 5% of the spending was going to go toward actual infrastructure spending. You know…things like roads, bridges, airports, that sort of thing? Biden’s original plan had all sorts of stuff that ranged from Green New Deal efforts, to union kickbacks, and “jobs creation” that ballooned the figure beyond reason.

After the first few meetings, Biden’s team dropped the cost from $2.3 trillion down to $1.7 trillion. But it still had a huge amount of what was considered by many to be bloated pig fat. There were paybacks to Democrat cities who were near bankruptcy, there was all sorts of pork involving climate change spending, and just a little bit left over for what would be considered true “infrastructure”. The GOP still balked at that.

Republicans went ahead and proposed their own plan which was along the lines of between $500-600 billion. That left off all of the climate change, union kickback, and jobs creation stuff. Arguing that right now the problem isn’t jobs creation…there are so many unfilled jobs out there right now it doesn’t make sense. The problem is, after being paid not to work for a year, a lot of lower wage Americans want to continue down that road and don’t want to go back to work (apparently Oprah IS that exciting???). That figure didn’t fly with Biden.

So, the GOP is back again. They upped the ante to about $1 trillion utilizing already passed COVID relief money that doesn’t seem to be needed any longer. And they threw a few monkey wrenches at Biden as well. They kept the Trump tax cuts of 2017 in place. The Republican plan would focus more on actual infrastructure as is normally defined, cutting out a lot of fat…over 50% of the original Biden plan.

Biden now has a choice. He had a “target date” of Monday to get the deal done. But the two sides are still very far apart, and it doesn’t appear that they will get to the point that the bill will actually get passed by Monday, unless there is a miracle. And while miracles don’t usually happen in DC, they can get some things eventually done. This would be one example of Biden holding up a campaign promise of working across the aisle to achieve bi-partisan agreement.

What Biden seems to have failed to learn in 47 years in DC is something very simple…and something Democrats are expert at. It’s called incrementalism. Don’t go for the major bill that’s 10,000 pages long. Pass something small now, and add to it up the road in small chunks. I always liken it to the seat belt laws that are basically in place pretty much everywhere. When automakers started putting seat belts in cars back in the 1960’s, they weren’t used very much. People hated the lack of mobility. Then they passed a law that said you had to have a seat belt on, but police couldn’t stop you for that. It had to be for another type of violation. That went away and voila! Seat belts are now law pretty much everywhere. I think New Hampshire is the only state that doesn’t require you as an adult, to wear a seat belt.

Will there be an infrastructure bill this term? Yeah, probably. And yes, our kids and grandkids will be paying the price for neglecting our infrastructure over the decades. But at least it will have more to do with actual infrastructure, and less to do with climate change and jobs!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Is Biden REALLY That Popular?

Well, it depends greatly on who you ask. The latest polls show Biden right around 54% approval as far as how well he’s handling his job. There’s 41% that disapprove. But the breakdown of the numbers are interesting.

When you look at who’s doing the approving, and who’s doing the disapproving, the great divide between the two parties is incredibly clear. 95% of Democrats are approving Biden’s job so far. 88% of Republicans disapprove. And from the independents, 47% approve and 43% disapprove.

What’s interesting is that the gap between Democrats and Republicans aren’t getting closer signaling that Biden isn’t “bringing the country together” as he promised he could do. Democrats approve was up four points in the last month from 91%. Republicans disapproval was up 8 points in the last month from 80%. The poll was conducted by Monmouth University and has a margin of error of 3.5%.

So, in reality, what does this tell us?

Not much. You would expect that Democrats would think their guy is doing gangbusters and that Republicans would think he stinks. I think the big thing is the independents who slightly favor Biden at this point. Everybody seems to think he’s doing poorly in handling the border crisis. In fact, about 80% disapprove of the way he’s doing that, and 90% disapprove of the way K-baby Harris is handling the border (since she’s the point person for the administration).

What this does say is that while Democrats who voted for Biden in November are generally happy with him, there are a bunch of people out there that are still pissed at him for lying about the $2,000 checks turning into $1,400 checks, and waiting two full months before they got released. Republicans don’t like his stance on the filibuster, which has flip-flopped over the years, and his stance on packing the court, which has semi-flip-flopped (he hasn’t really come out one way or another with that one). As was pointed out earlier this week, Americans as a whole are against the Senate getting rid of the filibuster and packing the court in rather large numbers, and if each were to happen, I’m pretty sure Biden’s overall approval numbers would crater.

The other thing to realize is, he hasn’t really done much. Oh, he got the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill passed. But his infrastructure bill seems hung up in Congress and now there’s a bi-partisan bill that costs about half as much but gets rid of a lot of the non-traditional infrastructure crap he’s foisting. I read a report the other day that says the infrastructure bill only has about a 50/50 chance of passing because it’s nowhere near the 60 votes it needs in the Senate.

Biden also sent up to Congress a sweeping immigration reform bill. Unfortunately for him, it hasn’t gone anywhere and isn’t likely to anytime soon. The only time immigration reform usually gets through Congress is when it’s done in small bites, not sweeping omnibus bills. This one was certainly omnibus.

And while Biden has come out against all of the mass shootings that have been elevated to front page status to draw attention for the need of gun control in the country, there’s very little chance of getting anything through Congress. They are dealing with the NRA, and while they may be facing a bankruptcy in New York State, they are still the most effective lobbying group in America today. I would doubt seriously that very little is going to be done that will actually have teeth.

The whole point here is Biden really hasn’t been tested yet. He’s put his pet projects up on a pedestal, as most presidents do in the first 100 days. That was to be expected. But when he has to deal with China, or North Korea, or Iran, or Russia, we’ll find out what happens to his approval rating. Remember, everyone has a strong approval rating early on. That’s why they call it a “honeymoon period”.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Biden’s Infrastructure Boondoggle

Joe Biden has made no bones about his desire to fundamentally improve the infrastructure in this country. And I think that if you asked most people in Congress, they’d probably agree that the infrastructure in the country needs to be severely upgraded. That’s not the bone of contention. There is one however.

It’s in the definition of “Infrastructure”.

If you were to look in the dictionary for a definition, this is what you’d find: 1 : the system of public works of a country, state, or region also : the resources (such as personnel, buildings, or equipment) required for an activity. 2 : the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of a system or organization).

If you were to ask Republicans what “Infrastructure” was, they’d probably say something closer to the first example. Democrats would expand that greatly.

In fact, Democrats would probably say that infrastructure includes anything in cities and states. It’s not only roads, and bridges, airports and train tracks…what most people would certainly consider infrastructure. It’s also things like internet access, study climate change, expand homebased care for the elderly, get ready for the “next” pandemic, and to expand “housing stock”. Of course in that is a lot of stuff from the Green New Deal.

There are basically two problems with this. The first is 90% of economists out there are cringing at the Democrats’ definition. They say it “does a bit of violence to the English language.” So, basically anything on the Democrats’ wish list is fair game to be called “infrastructure”. The second problem with this are the endless parade of lies that are being told about it.

You have to realize that most states Departments of Transportation fix the roads in their states. They maintain the bridges, and the airports. All of the “traditional” stuff that you could consider infrastructure. When you get right down to it, about 5% of this infrastructure bill actually goes to fix roads and bridges, airports, bus terminals, train depots and tracks, and on and on. That’s because the federal government doesn’t traditionally dabble in this. In fact, the last time the feds decided to do something like this involving infrastructure, it was back in 1956 when Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the bill that gave us the Interstate Highway system we currently use. Most of the time, the feds kick in about $100 billion a year toward infrastructure. States will pay about four times that much overall.

So, it’s basically a states issue, not a federal government issue. Second, and equally important is the lie that Pete Buttigieg, the current Transportation Secretary, told when he went on the various Sunday talking head shows and said that National Economic Council Director, Brian Deese had come out with the number of 19 million new jobs created over the next ten years. And Buttigieg dutifully reported that number. The problem was, that number is a lie. There are going to be 16 million new jobs created over the next ten years regardless if the infrastructure bill gets passed or not. The bill only adds about 2.7 million new jobs over ten years. That’s less jobs per year than Walmart added to their stores in 2020! And the cost per job created? About $830,000. I doubt any of those jobs will pay that.

Democrats need to stop lying about things like this. They need to realize that the truth always comes out, and when the American people (who are not as smart as you and I) realize that they’ve been lied to, there is going to be a massive revolt against them. But then again, you can’t fix stupid!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!