Reconciling Reality

Reconciling Reality

Overpromising and underdelivering is a cornerstone of American politics. Campaign on sky-high aspirations followed by disappointment on unmet expectations. Sen. Chuck Schumer promised "bold change" in the wake of Democrats successfully taking control of the Senate and maintaining a slim majority in the House following the 2020 elections. "Bold change" was an eye-rolling premise to anyone willing to accept the…
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Build Back Smaller?

Build Back Smaller?

Democrats initially envisioned a transformative piece of legislation expanding the social safety net, increasing efforts to combat climate change, and revising tax policy. Instead, rough patches have continuously plagued negotiations between Manchin and his colleagues. An unexpected avalanche has buried the prospects of moving forward on Build Back Better in its current form. During his appearance on Fox News Sunday,…
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A New Can of Worms

A New Can of Worms

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faced criticism for potentially assisting Democrats in eliminating the filibuster. His agreement with Democrat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to ultimately allow Democrats to increase the debt ceiling on a simple majority vote was the subject of criticism due to fears of setting a new precedent. "It's a terrible idea. Terrible. It would circumvent the…
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Obstructing Common Sense

Obstructing Common Sense

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the longest-serving Republican leader in history. He was first elected to the United States Senate in 1984. Serving in such roles as majority whip, minority leader, and majority leader throughout his political career. However, at 79 years old, he was confronted with another recurrent headache. Not from Democrats, sparring with Democrats is familiar territory,…
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Civility is Gone

Civility is Gone

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia appeared frustrated; some argue he was just tired during Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's lambasting of Republicans on the Senate floor Thursday. Mr. Schumer’s comments followed a successful vote to temporarily increase the federal government’s $28.4 trillion debt limit. While only a temporary solution, it staved off a potential default. It gave lawmakers until…
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Democracy of Convenience

Democracy of Convenience

All of a sudden, a demand for majoritarian democracy is in full throttle. The legislative filibuster has conveniently become the boogie man for most Democrats. They reference Jim Crow and the legislative filibuster’s history of obstructing civil rights legislation as their justification. If that is where the moral objection lies, why is it selectively and opportunistically called for by Democrats?…
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