Our failed political press is at it again with headlines like CNN’s:
Congress nowhere near deal; unemployment benefit to expire
Congress Unemployment Gridlock Leaves 25 Million on Brink of Income Crisis
and the NYTimes
With Jobless Aid Set to Lapse, Lawmakers Fail to Agree on Extension
and The Wapo
Congress Flails as Coronavirus ravages the nation and the economy stalls
It’s subtle, but it is still a Both Sides framing. The simple truth is that the GOP cannot get their act together and when combined with their base instinct that poor people deserve NOTHING and that the gubmint cannot help, the economic crisis that Americans are facing as we go over the cliff into unemployment and desperate times is not because both sides cannot, it is because one side, the GOP will not.
The Republicans cannot even agree amongst themselves what they want. FFS, #MoscowMitch sent the Senate home on Thursday. They are not even negotiating. Nancy Pelosi had representatives from the 4th Reich (Mnuchin and Meadows) in her office over the weekend trying to work something out.
INCH BY INCH — Negotiators who are crafting the next coronavirus relief package are slowly — and let me repeat, slowly — making progress toward a deal. Speaker Nancy Pelosi hosted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for a meeting in her office over the weekend, where they were able to at least lay out where each side agrees and disagrees. The same group is expected to meet again today, as August recess remains on hold and the extra jobless benefits have expired.
In Pelosi’s own words: “Today’s meeting was more productive than our previous discussions, but no agreement can be reached yet. Work will continue on a staff level tomorrow. Leader Schumer and I will meet again with Secretary Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Meadows on Monday,” she wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Saturday. The latest on where things stand from Bres: https://politi.co/3hUoya6.
So, you know, this is dangerous turf because it legitimizes Republicans by making the problem shared. Don’t believe me? The WaPo again:
Congress deeply unpopular again as gridlock on coronavirus relief has real-life consequences
I hate thought exercises, but here we go: you can improve any of the headlines by replacing “Congress” (or lawmakers) with Republicans.