One of the many truisms becoming crystal clear is that the GQP is not negotiating in good faith on any of the infrastructure stuff, and they are not even trying to hide it, not even slightly.
Amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell has already made that clear when he said,
“I’m going to fight them every step of the way, because I think this is the wrong prescription for America. That package that they’re putting together now, as much as we would like to address infrastructure, is not going to get support from our side.”
The GQP, of course, has not said why they are opposed, nor what they are in favor of, and so far have not offered any sort of plan of their own. Think of it as being their same plan for Obamacare: whinge and offer nothing.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie leads with a bit that shows us that President Handsome Joe Biden learned something about the GQP during the Kenyan Usurper’s years AND about our failed political press:
Over the weekend, ANITA DUNN, a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, sent a memo to reporters with the subject line, “Momentum Builds for American Jobs Plan.”
While we reporters turn up our noses at press releases, we love memos.They seem so official!
Dunn pointed to the positive reception the Biden infrastructure plan has received in the media and among some business, labor and environmental leaders, and pointed to a trio of polls, including a recent one from POLITICO/Morning Consult, showing support for various aspects of the AJP.
Dunn then turned her attention to how Republicans who oppose the plan have tried to attack it, and the news there was encouraging to the White House as well. “In the face of massive support from the public, it’s no surprise that Republicans have struggled to articulate a reason to oppose the President’s plan,” she wrote.
She dinged the GOP for expressing support for infrastructure spending under DONALD TRUMP but withholding it — so far at least — under President JOE BIDEN. Dunn suggested their opposition to the corporate tax hikes Biden has proposed shows that “Republican lawmakers have been quick to come to the defense of multinational companies.”
It seems pretty clear to me that Handsome Joe is making a wager that Wee the Peeples (including Possum Hollar!) will see the benefits of the infrastructure plan, just like we saw the benefits of the Trump-Virus relief plan; and that Wee the Peeples will see that the Republicans —none of whom voted for the Trump-Virus relief bill— are obstructing a bill that they like.
Voters wildly are in favor of soaking the rich to pay for roads/bridges/etc., too, and you’ll never guess who is opposed to that. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) said that Biden’s plan represented “a repeal of one of our signature issues in 2017.” So no, the Republicans are not going to agree to pay for any plan by raising the corporate tax.
So does that means that the GQP would be OK with increasing the deficit? Of course not. The Democrats are proposing to follow the pay-as-you-go orthodoxy, and the Republicans are not negotiating.
Is there a bipartisan element? Sure.It’s us: the White House is engaged in a massive outreach effort to sell the plan to the American public, hence the full-court press on the Sunday Talkies, and the strategy to use a memo instead of a press release.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein: “We know it has bipartisan support in the country, and so we’re going to try our best to get bipartisan support here in Washington.”