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    Democrats Using Crisis to Advance Progressive Agenda

    Democrats Using Crisis to Advance Progressive Agenda

    “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision”

    It is increasingly obvious that Democrats see an upside to the Coronavirus crisis, and naturally it is all about politics and power. How do we know this? They keep saying it out loud.

    You may recall that old quote from Rahm Emanuel about not wasting a crisis. According to Brainy Quote, this is what he said in full:

    You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

    Democrats have obviously taken that message to heart.

    Collin Anderson writes at the Washington Free Beacon:

    Rep. James Clyburn, Who Touted Coronavirus As ‘Tremendous’ Political Opportunity, to Take Helm of Pandemic Oversight Committee

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) announced the formation of a new coronavirus oversight committee led by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D., S.C.), who last month said the pandemic gives Democrats “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

    The speaker’s announcement on Thursday comes as her caucus plots another relief package, with a national vote-by-mail requirement as a top priority. Pelosi faced criticism in March after stalling the then-proposed stimulus bill in favor of her own version, which included increased fuel emissions standards for airlines, an expansion of wind and solar credits, and vote-by-mail provisions. President Donald Trump called the Democrat’s proposal “crazy.”

    Over in California, Governor Gavin Newsom is echoing James Clyburn.

    Michael Ruiz reports at FOX News:

    California’s Newsom says coronavirus provides ‘opportunity’ to push progressive agenda

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom sees an “opportunity” to use the coronavirus outbreak to usher in new progressive policies in his state and elsewhere in the country, he said Wednesday.

    “Absolutely, we see this as an opportunity reshape the way we do business and how we govern,” he said during a virtual press conference.

    The remark came near the end of a long, winding answer to a question about whether he saw “the potential” in the crisis for “a new progressive era” in state and national politics.

    See the video below:

    This crisis is not about implementing a progressive vision, but it’s very telling that so many Democrats seem to see it that way.

    Perhaps the needs of the American people should come first. Just a thought.


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    CommoChief | April 4, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    I prefer to take a more optimistic view. This is based on several factors.

    1. Overall, PDJT has done quite well. So well that the MSM is beginning to cut away from or not cover the briefings. With many if not most folks at home by edict they are watching, some for the first time, the contrast between the worldview of MAGA vs the the press corps and other self appointed elites.

    2. So far, the federal funding for emergency response/stimulus has been kept to mostly worthwhile items. It is D.C. so it ain’t going to be perfect. I trust the administration to continue keeping future federal money distribution reasonable.

    3. As Margaret Thatcher said ‘the problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money to spend.’ This is the reality. The big government spenders need to be channeled into spending on useful projects by the administration. I regret that additional federal spending is a foregone conclusion, so we must trust PDJT to keep it from becoming a give away.

    4. Once we ‘max out’ our ability to deficit spend we can begin forcing the unpleasant choices the big spenders avoid. If debt service is 25% of revenue obviously spending priorities will be required and programs reduced or eliminated.

      Paul in reply to CommoChief. | April 4, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      “If debt service is 25% of revenue obviously spending priorities will be required and programs reduced or eliminated.”

      Yes, at that point difficult decisions will finally be unavoidable.

      But unfortunately our republic will be in a death-spiral by then.

        CommoChief in reply to Paul. | April 4, 2020 at 6:41 pm

        Dude, add in the obligations of social security/medicare and we are nearly there now. Should the federal government be forced to pay a bit higher percentage rate of interest on debt we are definitely there.

    Btw, you folks in CA: Did you vote for this new ‘hope and change?’

    Ray - SoCa | April 4, 2020 at 3:50 pm


    Unfortunately facts on why CA is going to be Democratic for a while:

    1. DMV voter registration (very hard not to get registered)
    2. Ballot Harvesting being legal
    3. Democratic party with lots of union money
    4. 11 CA Counties had more voters registered, than eligible voters. Good news is Judicial Water won a lawsuit on this, so it’s being cleaned up.
    5. Unfriendly business climate, so many business owners move
    6. CA GOP Party that is clueless.

    >Btw, you folks in CA: Did you vote for this new ‘hope and
    > change?’

    MAJack | April 5, 2020 at 11:15 am

    The left MUST be beaten like a mule come November. Voting is not enough. Donate and volunteer. The Republic is truly at stake.

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