In accordance with the democrat doctrine of never letting a good crisis go to waste, Majority Whip James Clyburn let the cat slip out of the bag during a democrat caucus conference call. Apparently the latest crisis presents a yuge opportunity for the democrats to restructure things for themselves.
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On a Thursday conference call featuring more than 200 members of the House Democratic caucus, lawmakers one by one laid out a sweeping wish list of provisions they want to see included in the nascent package, including a boost in infrastructure spending, an expansion of Social Security benefits and funding for states to set up an all-mail voting system in the event the pandemic extends into November’s elections.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,” Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told lawmakers, according to a source on the call.
And while not all of the Democratic proposals are likely to emerge in the final House package — legislation that is being crafted by party leaders and various committee heads — they foreshadow a showdown with McConnell and the White House over the size and direction of the latest relief bill, the third to be considered this month as policymakers scramble to prevent the spread of the virus.
On the call, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she had spoken to numerous governors, who had told her they were seeing barriers to their constituents being able to access unemployment insurance. She suggested declaring a disaster, which could remove some of those obstacles and bureaucratic red tape.
“Let’s not worry about the cost. It’s an investment in the health of the economy,” Pelosi told Democratic lawmakers.
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) said he backed sweeping infrastructure legislation by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), and proposed tying it to the coronavirus package.
Meanwhile, Clyburn, the No. 3 Democratic leader, suggested the deadly outbreak — which has confined millions of children and adults to their homes — has illuminated a need to secure 100 percent broadband coverage, including for schools and rural communities. That funding is especially crucial, Democrats argued, considering the mass closure of schools and the attempt at mobile learning that has followed.
That’s right, the democrats refer to the pandemic and lost jobs not as emergencies or tragedies, but as “opportunities” to implement their vision.
And what exactly does that mean? If it’s anything like their past “opportunities” it will mean more taxes, more laws, more regulation, more erosion of rights, more power for the government, more control of our lives, and less privacy for us.