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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Pelosi pushes ahead on $3.5T deal

Posted by M. C. on October 1, 2021

And there will be shock when the accelerating inflation goes into hyper-overdrive.

There is something called the Cloward–Piven strategy. It was concocted by two communist Columbia professors (shock!). The goal is “They stated that full enrollment of those eligible for welfare “would produce bureaucratic disruption in welfare agencies and fiscal disruption in local and state governments” that would: “…deepen existing divisions among elements in the big-city Democratic coalition: the remaining white middle class, the working-class ethnic groups and the growing minority poor. To avoid a further weakening of that historic coalition, a national Democratic administration would be constrained to advance a federal solution to poverty that would override local welfare failures, local class and racial conflicts and local revenue dilemmas.”[2]-Wikipedia

In order words break the economy and make US totally dependent on government. As former presidential left hand man Rahm Emanuel advised: Don’t let a crisis go to waste.

Lisa Mascaro


WASHINGTON – With President Joe Biden’s government overhaul at stake, Democrats charged into trouble Thursday as a promised vote on the first piece, a slimmer $1 trillion public works bill, faltered amid stalled talks on his more ambitious package.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assembled her leadership team for an early morning meeting and emerged determined to push ahead, strike a deal with Biden and avoid what would be a highprofile setback if voting on the public works bill fails or has to be scrapped.

Democrats are deeply at odds with trust torn, as progressive lawmakers threaten to withhold votes on the roadsand- bridges infrastructure bill they view as insufficient unless it is paired with Biden’s broader vision. In the narrowly controlled House, Pelosi has no votes to spare.

“Step by step,” Pelosi said at the Capitol, suggesting a deal with Biden was within reach. “This is the path – it’s not a fork in the road. This is the fun part.”

The risks are clear, but so is the potential reward as Biden and his party reach for a giant legislative accomplishment – promising a vast rewrite of the nation’s balance sheet with an everslim majority in Congress. His idea is to essentially raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy and use that money to expand government health care, education and other programs.

The public works bill is one piece of that broader vision, a $1 trillion investment in routine transportation, broad-

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band, water systems and other projects bolstered with extra funding. It has won broad, bipartisan support in the Senate but has became snared by the broader debate.

Attention is focused on Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, centrist Democrats who helped steer that bipartisan bill to passage but have concerns about the overall size of Biden’s plan. They view it as too big, but have infuriated colleagues by not making any counter-proposals public.

Tensions spiked Wednesday when Manchin sent out a fiery statement, decrying the broad spending as “fiscal insanity” and warning it would not get his vote without adjustments. “I cannot – and will not – support trillions in spending or an all-or-nothing approach,” he said.

Manchin’s refusal to bring negotiations with Biden to a close enraged progressive lawmakers and almost ensured they would tank the bipartisan public works bill if there was no end in sight to the White House talks with the centrist senators.

Democrats’ campaign promises on the line, the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state said after Manchin’s statement: “We probably have even more people willing to vote no on the bipartisan bill.”

In a deepening party split, centrists warned off canceling Thursday’s vote as a “breach of trust that would slow the momentum in moving forward in delivering the Biden agenda,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., a leader of the centrist Blue Dog Democrats.

Pelosi indicated she had spoken to Manchin – whom she called a friend, a fellow Catholic with shared values – and appeared determined to seal a deal between the centrist senators and Biden that seemed less likely just a day ago.

“We are proceeding in a very positive way to bring up the bill … to do so in a way that can win,” Pelosi said.

At the same time, Congress was moving to resolve a more immediate crisis that arose after Republicans refused to approve legislation to keep the government funded past Thursday’s fiscal yearend and raise the nation’s debt limit to avoid a dangerous default on borrowing.

The Senate was poised to vote Thursday to provide government funding to avoid a federal shutdown, keeping operations going temporarily to Dec. 3. The House was expected to quickly follow.

The debt ceiling debate shifts to October, ahead of another deadline when Treasury Department has warned money would run out to pay past bills.

Thursday’s congressional floor schedule was filled with question marks in the places where there should be the announced timing of votes.

With Republicans lockstep opposed to the president’s big plan, deriding it as slide to socialist-style spending, Biden as been hunkered down at the White House reaching for a deal with members of his own party for a signature legislative accomplishment.

The president canceled a planned trip to Chicago where he was to discuss the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, met separately with Manchin and Sinema at the White House and even showed up at Wednesday evening’s annual congressional baseball game, a gesture of goodwill during the rare bipartisan event among lawmakers.

“I think it’s pretty clear we’re in the middle of a negotiation and that everybody’s going to have to give a little,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

Manchin and Sinema are holding the keys to unlocking the stalemate over Biden’s sweeping vision, the heart of his 2020 campaign pledges. While neither has said no to a deal, they have yet to signal yes – and they part ways on specifics, according to a person familiar with the private talks and granted anonymity to discuss them.

Manchin appears to have fewer questions about the revenue side of the equation – the higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy – than the spending plans and particular policies, especially those related to climate change that are important to his coal-centric state. He also wants any expansion of aid programs to Americans to be based on income needs, not simply for everyone.

Though Sinema is less publicly open in her views, she focuses her questions on the menu of tax options, including the increased corporate rate that some in the business community argue could make the U.S. less competitive overseas and the individual rate that others warn could snare small business owners.

“Step by step,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, suggesting a deal with Presient Joe Biden was within reach. ANDREW HARNIK/AP

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