On Sunday and again Monday, New York’s own Chuck Schumer led Senate Democrats in shooting down a nearly $2 trillion rescue package, demanding a host of goodies that have little or nothing to do with saving the economy or aiding those in need.
Some of their demands, in fact, could actually undermine recovery.
“This has got to stop,” fumed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “The country is out of time.” Damn right.
Among the Dems’ demands: new collective-bargaining powers for unions, a lifeline for the Postal Service and a host of climate-change rules — never mind the rapidly approaching freight train headed straight for the US economy.
“I’d like to see Senate Democrats tell New York City nurses and doctors” that they’re “filibustering” hospital funds because they “want to argue with the airlines over their carbon footprint,” said McConnell.
They seem to think they can hold the country for ransom. Some of their demands limit the flexibility of firms or deter them from taking loans. It will hurt workers, who won’t be hired thanks to the strings attached.
Alas, Democrats insist on pushing countless unrelated progressive mandates:
- Diversity on corporate boards.
- Early voting and same-day registration.
- New limits on greenhouse gases.
- Minority credit unions and banks.
- Retirement packages for community newspapers.
It’s just outrageous to be holding up this bill over such concerns. The government has shut down countless companies that still have bills to pay.
They — and the individuals and families who’d also get major relief once the bill passes — need help fast or they’ll go under, triggering waves of defaults that can bring down the entire financial system.
This is no time to be adding irrelevant conditions to federal aid. Republicans want a stimulus; Democrats want to sneak through the Green New Deal.
And with so much riding on federal action — and so little time — focusing on the problem at hand is paramount. Democrats don’t seem to get that.
America is facing an urgent crisis. If this won’t get Democrats to end their partisan games and work to save the economy, just what will? The clock is ticking.