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Why aren't the all Senate Republicans along with Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema
Why isn't the death of that bill the fault of those who killed it? Why is the fault of the man who fought for its life?
Which begs another question: Why are the majority of the members of the United States Senate against a law guaranteeing voting rights? This revelation should not make any American feel good, especially since in the past year over 250 laws have been proposed by Republican lawmakers in 43 states to supress the vote.
And why is it also Joe Biden who's being blamed for the failure of his Build Back Better bill to combat climate change and invest in social programs when, again, those who had the power to make the bill succeed - not Biden, no President has the power to pass his own bills - caused it to fail by their own choice? Again, every Republican in the Senate, along with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin,
Every oped writer in the country came up with a reason why this state of affairs is Biden's fault: He didn't show strong enough leadership, he didn't force 100% party loyalty, he didn't whip up enough public support, he should have accommodated the moderates, he should have blown off the progressives, he should have conjured up something to somehow get the Republicans on board.
But what difference would any of those strategies have made when there was no way in heaven or hell that a single Republican Senator was going to buck Mitch McConnell and vote for Build Back Better even if Joe Biden had climbed a mountain and come back down with the bill written on two stone tablets in the Lord's hand?
And with the Senate split 50 Democrats to 50 obstructionist Republicans it takes only one Democrat to bring any Presidential agenda crashing down. In the end it's the make-up of the Senate, two hostile groups of equal number pitted against each other's agendas - rather than working together on an agenda for the welfare of the country - that is to blame.
In fact I suppose one could even say that it's actually the American voters who are responsible for the downfall of what would have been Biden's two transformative pieces of legislation: After all, Americans voted Biden into the Presidency but then voted in a Senate that was bound to make any legislative success for him a long-shot uphill battle.
And yet here's the irony: All the political prognositcators are predicting that, because of voters' disappointment in Biden's lack of legislative successes, in the upcoming midterm Congressional election voters will elect more Republicans and fewer Democrats, guaranteeing that Biden will never pass another piece of legislation for the rest of his term. Go figure.
And here's another irony: Biden has in fact racked up a number of considerable accomplishments to the benefit of our country during his first year:
- The withdrawl of our troops from Afghanistan from a war in which they'd been mired for over 20 years and the evacuation of 124.000 people
- A 1 trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure and jobs bill
- A 1.9 trillion dollar COVID-19 relief plan
- A plentiful supply of COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans
- An extension of free school lunches during the COVID pandemic
- The distribution of free COVID tests and N95 masks
But because of the pieces of legislation he couldn't get past the Republican Senate and because of the continued spread in this country of a virus that's likewise spreading in every other country on the planet, the American public is being led by the political cognocenti to believe that Biden, who actually accomplished much in his first year, is failing and that his chances of a successful presidency and re-election grow dimmer by the day.
As for me, I'm not buying that. I may stand alone, but I still support Biden.