Is “Build Back Better” Dead?

Nope. Not in the least. At least that’s the way several Democrats in the Senate are playing it today. You’ll remember that back in December, Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the one that killed the $2 trillion tax and spend bill that would have brought glee to most Dems. Not so with Manchin. And with a 50/50 split in the Senate, even if they called this a “reconciliation” bill, they couldn’t pass it on their own without Manchin.

There have been talks between Manchin and Senate Majority Leader, Chuckles Schumer (D-NY) to try and find some common ground that would and could pass the Senate. The two met at length this past Tuesday, and this is reportedly what came out of the meeting.

Manchin said he would be voting FOR a new Build Back Better plan if it did two things. First it had to control inflation, which is running as high as it has in the last 40 years. Second, it has to bring down the federal deficit. Manchin, sounding more like a Republican than a Democrat here, said that he would indeed be willing to increase the corporate tax levels to 25% (it’s currently 21%), and would raise the capital gains tax to 28% (currently 20%). He also wants to see the loopholes closed so “that everyone pays their fair share in taxes”.

Now comes the kicker that might kill any chance of it passing. Manchin said that if all of that was done, half of the revenue would have to go toward deficit reduction and couldn’t be used to spend on new social programs like Green New Deal. That will most likely be the sticking point.

I don’t think that anyone in the Democrat party is going to be upset with a tax increase on either corporations or capital gains. And certainly not one that closes loopholes. What they will go absolute bat-crazy about is the half of revenue generated will be going to offsetting the deficit. Democrats don’t seem to think that a deficit is that important of a deal. Oh, they screamed a little bit about it when Donald Trump was president, but that was only because it was Trump in the White House spending the money. Had it been Bobo Obama, or Joe Biden, they would have gleefully approved the spending.

If Manchin sticks to his guns on this one, I can’t see any real compromise that gets the likes of a Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to jump on board. They interviewed Dick Durbin (D-IL) about the meeting, and while most Dems are tight lipped about what went on, or just plain don’t know, Durbin said he was the “most skeptical” that a deal could be reached. What is most telling is the fact that Republicans are opposed to any corporate or capital gains tax increase, and joining them on the “no” side is Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema. That means that without a Republican joining the Dems, even Manchin’s best wishes won’t come to fruition!

Remember, if the Democrats lose one seat to Republicans in the midterm elections, they lose the chance to pass any of this stuff come next year. That’s why I think you’re going to see a major push over the summer and early fall (a rarity during a campaign year) to pass as much of Biden’s programs as they possibly can. They know the handwriting on the wall and can see that their chances of getting anything else done between now and next January is the only way that happens.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Biden’s Title 42 Mess

Oh, it was supposed to be a great victory for Democrats. They were once and for all going to put an end to Donld Trump’s legacy achievements by getting rid of his Title 42 decision along the southern border. The CDC had come out with the idea that May 23rd would be the day they lift it.

Now, in case you’re not familiar with what Title 42 is all about, it is supposed to be a public health order that stops immigrants from gaining entry to the United States during a health crisis, such as the COVID pandemic. Trump initiated it in March, 2020 as a way to close the southern border.

However, it has never been seen by either side really, as a public health issue. It has been seen as more or less a stopgap to the fact Congress doesn’t have the cajones to fix the broken immigration system. Republicans hailed it as a monument to Trump. Democrats saw it as a racist attempt to bar those seeking a better life from entering the country. But it continued until the CDC announced that it would end on May 23rd.

And that’s when the screams started again. This time, Republicans were totally against the Biden administration lifting the ban, which really hasn’t been followed at all since Biden took office. Democrats slowly, but surely have clamored on board fearing that with immigration still at top four issue, especially in border states, that they could lose big in those states if Title 42 were dropped.

Now, according to the latest vote whipping, nine Democrat Senators have come out against dropping Title 42, at least until after the election. Their reasoning has nothing to do with public health concerns. It has to do with reelection and holding on to the US Senate. They fear that if border states and some others decide that the issue at the border is a viable campaign issue, and Biden decides to do away with Title 42, they are admitting they want to flood the country with illegals. That would be bad and they not only would lose the House (which by all accounts Democrats have already given up on), but they’d lose the Senate as well. That would in essence make Joe Biden a lame duck president two years into his term.

But what puts Biden in a quandary is that he is going to alienate one side of his party or the other. And he can’t afford to lose either side at the moment. The uber-socialist side like Warren and Sanders want to see Title 42 done away with immediately. Waiting until May 23rd is just being weak in their eyes. Meanwhile you’ve got people like Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) that are in favor of closing the borders to the illegals, not because they don’t want their votes up the road if and when they become citizens, but because their constituents are about 85% in favor of stopping the flood of illegals into this country. It’s even worse in Texas.

So, now there is mumblings in the White House that maybe, just maybe, Biden may be willing to hold off on stopping Title 42 at least until the end of the year, “because we aren’t sure COVID won’t be coming back”. Uh, sure. It has nothing to do with politics, I’m positive, right?

Either way, Biden is once again, going to be on a losing end of an issue with his own party. And that is the most fun to watch! Republicans are just sitting by counting the days until November 8th!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Does Ketanji Brown Jackson Deserve A Supreme Court Appointment?

Now, this is going to upset some of you. I get that. But if you look at the whole nomination process of a Supreme Court Justice, you need to realize something. According to the Constitution, which is really the only thing that matters in cases like this, the President of the United States, as part of his duties gets to nominate whomever he feels is appropriate for the Supreme Court. And the United States Senate, with it’s supposed deliberative character, is supposed to vet that choice with “consent”. That has come to mean holding hearings, and holding a vote on the President’s choice.

And just as Democrats screamed bloody murder with Donald Trump’s three appointments to the high court, with Neil Gorsuch being confirmed after a struggle, Brett Kavanaugh having to face all sorts of sexual abuse charges that were totally false, and Amy Coney Barrett that the Dems said shouldn’t have been appointed at all, because it was just a couple of months away from a presidential election, Republicans are kinda/sorta doing the same thing with Jackson.

And they are no more correct for doing it than the Democrats were for opposing Trump’s nominees.

Look, I think Ketanji Brown Jackson is not a good choice. She’s far too liberal. She believes in things that I have no idea where they came from, but it certainly wasn’t the Constitution. And she is going to try and spread that liberal gobledegook to the rest of the court. But does that mean she’s not qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice? No.

I would much rather have seen someone more moderate get appointed to the high court bench. And I’m sure Democrats would have loved to have seen Jackson get nominated in place of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But that’s not their choice. And it’s not my choice, or Republicans’ choice with Jackson. It’s Joe Biden’s choice. And as addle-minded and fraught with ineptitude as the man is, he is the president, and he does get to name someone.

I said early on in this battle that it doesn’t really matter what the Republicans say or do in this matter as long as people like Kirsten Sinema and Joe Manchin go along with it, and K-baby Harris is there to break the tie, it will most likely happen. And while Jackson didn’t score any points with me during her confirmation hearings, she didn’t necessarily give the Senate a reason not to vote for her either. Ideology aside, she didn’t come across as a law breaker, a felon, or a rapist. No, I don’t like her stances on several issues, but again, not my fight…and not the Republicans fight.

If the GOP Senators want to vote against her, that is certainly their prerogative. But it’s still Biden’s choice. And to do to her, what the Democrats did to Robert Bork back in the day, knocking an extremely intelligent jurist from the high court simply because of ideology is totally wrong.

The thing that is at the very least comforting is, Jackson will be replacing an almost equally liberal Justice. At least it’s not like Barrett replacing RBG!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

How To Deal With Inflation

There are several ways to deal with inflation. It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to figure that one out. But the Democrats are not having a great time getting on board with it.

Now, you remember back about eight or nine months ago, we were told by those in power that the inflation we were witnessing was “transitory”. It was a fluke. Nothing to look at here! But something really strange happened. It kept going. It kept rising. It went from 1.5% from January 20, 2021 when Biden took office, to over 5%. Then it went to 6%. And then the narrative changed. No longer was it transitory. It was something that “we can all live with”. After all, “a little inflation is good!” Then it went to 7% by the end of the year and now it’s near 8%.

Now, you’re not hearing how it’s a good thing. You’re hearing how it’s Putin’s fault. See, even though the inflation rate went from 1.5% to 7.5% before Russia invaded Ukraine, it became Vlad’s fault. And Democrats have heard the message loud and clear that they better do something before November or they will pay mightily at the polls.

And so, Chuckles Schumer in the Senate has come up with an idea. The oil and gas industry has posted windfall profits. And Schumer thinks that $45 billion of the money made legally by oil and gas companies should be taxed and an incredible rate, and that money rebated back to consumers who are aching over paying $6 for a gallon of gas.

The problem is, Schumer isn’t close to getting the votes he needs to get this passed. He needs all 50 Democrats on board, and he’s got three stragglers. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee wants to first hold hearings and hear what the oil and gas people have to say about it. Tom Carper (D-DE), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have also not taken a position either way on the idea, which signals that they need convincing.

The other problem Schumer is having is that this bill isn’t going to qualify as a budget reconciliation project, so it can’t pass with a 50/50 vote and K-baby Harris breaking the tie. He will need 10 Republicans to jump on board. However, according to Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that isn’t going to happen. Murkowski has said that there isn’t one Republican she’s talked to that will vote for this idea.

So, Democrats are in a quandary. They don’t want to stop printing money, because that means they have to stop spending money. And if they don’t stop spending money, they don’t lower the inflation rate. If they lower the inflation rate, the country is happier with them, but they can’t do what they love more than life itself…tax people and things so they can spend more money.

And the Republicans are happy to sit on the sideline and let the Democrats fall apart on this one. Get the popcorn out…it’s going to be a comedy up there with the likes of Seinfeld!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

EXTRA! Short On Fact, Heavy On Promises

So, one of the questions the pollsters should be asking this morning is “Did you actually WATCH the State of the Union last night?” My answer would be no. I had other things to do, and frankly watching Joe Biden really does turn my stomach. But here’s what I gathered this early morning…

Biden was short on any apology that HE was the one that created the problem on the southern border. He was short on apology that HE was the one that has caused high inflation. He was short on apology that HE was a major cause of the supply chain crisis. He never addressed the fact he was one of if not the least liked presidents in American history, and is always at the bottom as far as job performance is concerned.

What Biden did do in abundance is promise everything. He promised that we are going to be through with COVID. He promised that he would hit inflation very hard (is he going to stop printing money?). He promised that he was going to put Vladimir Putin in his place. He also vowed that he was going to do something about immigration.

What was one of the interesting things to see was that there were an exceptionally large availability of seats on the floor of the House. Members of both the House and Senate must have reserved Tuesday night to wash their cats’ hair or some such nonsense because there was probably 15-20% of the crowd in absence. The other thing that I thought was very interesting was the Joe Manchin, the maverick Democrat Senator from West Virginia, was sitting with the Republicans. Was there any reason for that? There were plenty of seats, even on the Democrat side with people missing.

Over all, I haven’t heard anyone say that it was “the speech of Biden’s life”, and I doubt it was. Promises from Joe Biden, as we all have learned, are pretty meaningless. The real truth is what gets done. So, let’s wait and see what he actually does. But my hunch is that he’ll probably just add to the other stuff he’s sluffed off on K-baby Harris. And that means, it wasn’t a very strong promise in the first place. And I guess to say that this was a “reboot” or a “reset” to the Biden presidency would also be something that isn’t going to be said a lot. That would mean that Biden isn’t going to screw up any longer.

I wouldn’t say that it was a great State of the Union. And if you had anything that needed to get done like clipping your toe nails, or drying the dishes, you probably made the right call!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

No End In Sight For Inflation

I mentioned several weeks ago that the money people I had spoken to over the past few months had indicated to me that inflation wasn’t just going to be “temporary” as Democrats had said. It wasn’t going to be “a good thing” after they realized that it wasn’t going to be temporary. And it wasn’t going to be going away anytime soon as Joe Biden has wished for and mentioned. He’s blamed it on COVID, he’s blamed it on the supply chain shortage. He’s blamed it on climate change. He’s blamed it on everything except the one place the blame belongs.

The blame lies squarely at the feet of Joe Biden.

You can’t print money as quickly as Biden has printed it throughout the 13 months of his presidency and not expect some sort of blowback. You can’t blame it on these other factors when the primary cause is printing presses running 24/7. But you can blame it on the administration that’s calling the monetary shots in this country, and that’s Joe Biden.

When the Consumer Price Index hit 7.5% when the latest report was released on Thursday last week, it sent shockwaves through the administration. Oh, they were ready for it to be about 7%, which would have been on par with December. But when January’s number continued to show inflation increasing, it caused a problem. First of all, it’s the highest inflation since going back to the end of the Carter administration and the beginning of Ronald Reagan’s term (Reagan inherited Carter’s lousy economy and recession).

But what it also did was rile up Americans. See, most Americans got anywhere between a 3% and 5% cost of living raise for 2022. With inflation at 7.5% and growing, it means that you actually didn’t get a raise at work, you got a cut. It now costs the average American family a little less than $300 more in expenses each month than it did a year ago. That’s Joe Biden’s fault. And by the way, not all of the people screaming about the printing presses being the cause of the inflation are Republican. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said, “I’ve been ringing the alarm bell forever…nobody’s been listening. It’s a 7.5% tax on everything you buy! It’s unbelievable!”

Manchin is right. And that basically has put the brakes on Biden’s signature Build Back Better program. The last thing he wants to do is to spend trillions in NEW spending when the economy is heading down the toilet.

Speaking of the economy, realize that we are in a very weird period right now. We have very strong growth in the economy compared to last year as we rebound from the pandemic. We also have a scarcity of workers, which is why Biden trumpets “adding” all of the new jobs each month, when really they aren’t new. They’re just old jobs that are reopening, and refilling the positions that were furloughed in 2020. And you’ve got inflation at the highest level in over 40 years. That is not a recipe for reelection. This economy is so sideways, it makes Bobo Obama’s 2012 reelection seem like a landslide cakewalk. And his economy brought us the term “the new normal” remember?

No, Biden is in a very sticky place, as are all Democrats who were lying to the American public about how healthy our economy is. It will be interesting to see how they try to get out of it. They can’t take responsibility for the mess they’ve put us in because if they do, they are all going to be swept away!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Biden’s “Supreme” Pick In Trouble Already?

Joe Biden has said that by the end of this month, he had hoped to name his successor to outgoing Supreme Court Justice, Stephen Breyer. He already had promised the world, in one of the more pandering promises he made during the 2020 campaign, that he would choose a black woman as his first Supreme Court nominee, and there are three or four that have surfaced as favorites.

But Biden may not be able to have any of them confirmed.

There has been a push recently among Senators to make sure that Biden gets that nomination to the Senate as quickly as possible so the vetting process and the confirmation hearings can begin. But I couldn’t understand why the rush? Breyer isn’t leaving until after his term is up, probably early July. It only takes maybe what, six weeks to vet, hold hearings, and vote on a nominee for the high court? So, what’s the rush?

Apparently, the rush is Joe Manchin.

The West Virginia Democrat figures to once again be thrusting himself into the mix. Manchin told reporters this past Monday that he would not support confirming another nominee to the Supreme Court right before the midterm elections. Manchin said he would rather wait until it’s determined which party is going to control the Senate in 2023. Manchin says he wants to wait and see if Republicans will support Biden’s nominee prior to the November 8th midterms. If they go along with Biden’s choice, he’s likely to change his mind and also confirm the nominee. But if the Republicans are in lockstep, as they have been most of this current term, against Democrat wishes, he probably wouldn’t be in favor of voting for the nominee.

That is going to throw a huge monkey wrench into Biden’s plans. Manchin would be the 50th vote in a 50/50 tie if the vote comes down to party lines. And if Manchin doesn’t vote, or votes against the nominee, Democrats will only be able to muster at most 49 votes if the Republicans stand firm. Ben Ray Lujan’s stroke has sidelined the New Mexico Democrat for at least another three to five weeks if everything progresses normally. However, if there are complications, and there easily can be with strokes, Lujan may not be ready to come back to the Senate for months. That alone could spell doom to Biden’s pick. But with Manchin wavering, it means that there could be fewer than 49 votes for the eventual nominee.

Is it just me, or does it seem like everything Biden has touched since becoming president has turned to cow patties? He’s basically taken two months to get through something he promised “would be done tomorrow” when he promised to get those $1,400 per person checks out back in January last year. It took a total of nine months to approve his infrastructure bill, which was supposed to be a lock. But the cost, along with the increased inflation rate had many folks in Congress balking at the price tag, and it had to be adjusted. His Build Back Better bill, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, both died on the table for lack of support as Manchin and Arizona Democrat Senator, Kyrsten Sinema refused to change the filibuster rules.

And now, Biden may not be able to get his nominee across the finish line. Of course, if Biden and Lujan aren’t there to vote for the nominee, and the Republicans do end up taking over the Senate, it could send shock waves through the White House, and the eventual nominee may have to be much less liberal than originally thought just to get confirmed.

Time will most certainly tell. Someone remind me to send Joe Manchin a check for his reelection!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Democrats’ Dilemma

Chuck Schumer was asked if he was going to support incumbents that were facing primary battles from more progressive candidates. He didn’t answer the question. He said he was focused on “winning the elections in 2022”. That’s where he left it.

What that simple five word statement says is volumes. Schumer is running scared. He had the opportunity to back his colleagues such as Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who have taken a much more moderate stance than the socialists in Congress. Sinema is up for reelection this year, and rumor has it that people like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and the like are trying to find someone of a more socialist bent to run against her. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) has been approached. He’s probably the most liberal member of the Arizona Congressional contingent. He was non-committal about running at this point.

Here’s the problem Schumer has in trying to back one group over another in his party.

The Republicans learned the lesson pretty well back in the Tea Party days. Remember when the Tea Party decided to primary incumbents in Congress? They took very conservative candidates, went up against more moderate Republicans and beat them in the primary. And then when the general election rolled around in November, the Republicans got their rear ends handed to them. It turned out, while the GOP base was all for a more conservative approach to government, the electorate as a whole was not.

Democrats haven’t obviously learned that lesson yet. The socialist wing of the Democrat party wants the support of the DNC when it’s their turn to run. They like the money, they like the organization, they like the support of 44% of the voting public. But they don’t like their colleagues that are too conservative in their eyes. And their answer, like so many answers the socialists have, is to go too far. What will happen if they decide to primary the incumbents like Sinema is that yes, a Ruben Gallego will defeat Sinema in the Democrat primary. Out here in the desert, we’re a purple state now, but we’re a conservative purple state. Only pockets of Arizona, like Gallego’s district, will go socialist. So, while he may win a primary, and Sinema would lose as her “punishment” for not falling in line with the party on Build Back Better or the whole filibuster rule change, Gallego won’t stand a chance in the general election against a more conservative candidate.

And Schumer is caught in the middle. He’d like to think that the same thing won’t be happening to him in New York state, but it’s happened before! In fact, AOC has hinted that she might be persuaded to primary Schumer and see who comes out ahead. And in that liberal bastion, based on what I saw in 2020’s Congressional election, AOC would have to be the favorite in the primary. In fact, she may even win the seat! THAT is Schumer’s biggest fear.

I think Chuckles Schumer realizes that he is going to lose upwards of four seats in the Senate this year and his term as Majority Leader is coming to an end. That scares him. But what scares him more is someone like an AOC, who’s probably as well if not better known than he is, would upset his reelection bid and basically end his political career. THAT is what Chuckles Schumer is most afraid of!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Why Democrats Have Lost The War

Well, let’s be clear…the war is far from over. As the bastion of conservative thought, Rush Limbaugh used to say, you don’t want to totally get rid of liberals because you need examples of what happens if you’re not conservative. And he had a point. But for all intents and purposes, let’s be clear on this other point as well. The war is never over, but the current battle certainly looks like it is. And because of the Democrats’ thought process, they don’t ever give in, they double down.

That’s what Chuck Schumer is trying to do with voting rights.

See, if Schumer fails at even bringing the voting rights debate to the Senate floor, he shows the world how weak of a leader he is. That’s something he cannot afford. But at the same time, he wants to point out to everyone in America what we already know. The filibuster rule isn’t going to be changed because Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are against changing it. And why are they against changing it? Well, Schumer would have you believe that they are going against their party’s wishes to pass a keystone piece of legislation that will not only help the Democrats, but will keep America’s democracy strong well into the future.

And it’s a bunch of bunk.

As most of you already know, but it does bear repeating…the House of Representatives was always viewed by the Founding Fathers as “The People’s House”. This is where rash ideas could be brought up debated quickly and passed (or not). It was meant to be a fertile ground for new ideas. The Senate on the other hand was designed to slow things down. There, the whole idea was ponder the idea. Poke holes in the idea. See if when you turn it over it still holds water, or does it leak all over the place. And that’s why when debating, it would take a “super majority” of 60 votes to shut down debate.

If you follow Chuck Schumer’s thoughts, he wants the Senate to be a carbon copy of the House. He wants to allow the whole voting rights bill thing to get passed, not because it helps America, but because it helps Democrats. And like Harry Reid before him, Schumer has as much vision as a blind squirrel. Except this squirrel can’t find an acorn.

And so, because there are at least two Democrats that actually pay homage to the Founding Fathers’ wishes of slowing down things and taking time to do the heavy lifting, it appears that the whole getting rid of the filibuster wish so they can pass what they want will wither and die on the vine. Just as it should.

So, what can we take out of this? Chuck Schumer is a very weak leader. He is a very partisan politician, who has been on Capitol Hill way too long. And he, along with his counterpart in the House, make great arguments for why we need term limits in this country. Poor leaders beget poor outcomes. It’s as simple as that. The over-riding problem is, I’m not so sure there’s anyone in the Republican side of the Senate that is capable of doing the job either.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Schumer Kills Biden’s Agenda

It really wasn’t Chuckles Schumer that killed Biden’s agenda. It was Schumer’s inability to lead that did it in. If you haven’t been following the big news from DC in the last few days, Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) announced this past Thursday that no, she wasn’t going to change her stance on the proposals Democrats were floating to change the filibuster rules so they could pass a very partisan “John LewisVoter’s Rights Act”. The House has already passed that measure. So why is it Schumer’s fault and not Sinema’s? Because Krysten had said repeatedly from the beginning (along with Joe Manchin) that she was steadfast in believing that the filibuster rule in the Senate was an asset to the country and shouldn’t be changed just to pass a law.

I applaud my Senator, and for the first time I can honestly say, I’m proud of a Democrat!

Schumer and his cronies in the Senate had tried every conceivable way to get the filibuster rule changed so that the Voting Rights Act and the Freedom To Vote Act. Both acts would have basically made it intrinsically easier to cast a ballot in this country than it would be to fly across it. It would have been a hundred times easier to vote than it would be to visit your elected official, should you decide to make the trek to Washington, DC.

The acts would have basically made it a federal law that all states had to have 15 days of early voting (some actually have more already), and would have made it impossible for states to put any sort of restrictions on mail-in balloting, which Democrats found out in 2020 was a very easy way to flood the ballot box without much if any accountability. Had these acts passed, there would have been a federal commission, selected by the President that would draw the redistricting for the House of Representatives instead of leaving it up to the various states to decide where those boundaries should be (it would have definitely been a violation of the 10th Amendment!).

In the end, Manchin and Sinema have double-handedly ended Joe Biden’s wishes to make sure that Democrats are always elected, and that he would have free reign to spend as much money as he wanted on Democrat social programs, which would have thrown America into financial ruin, by not allowing either of the two voting acts, nor the earlier defeated Build Back Better act from being passed.

So, as Congress heads into an election year, the overall strategy of slamming as many pro-Democrat bills through Congress as possible before this November’s elections, in which everybody and their brother has basically conceded that the Republicans will take over the House and Senate are dead. Without 60 votes in the Senate, there can be none of the bill slamming that they had thought up. And without a change to the filibuster rules that make it mandatory to have 60 votes to pass anything but “budget reconciliation bills”, which be passed with only 51 votes, nothing short of budget bills will be passed. Now, both houses of Congress can start preparing for the election this fall.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!