It is beginning to become quite obvious that Joe Biden isn’t the sort of dealmaker that Donald Trump is, especially as he navigates Washington DC’s political pathways with a Democratic majority up his sleeve.
Where Trump was a bold and unpredictable negotiator who would storm into a room and take what he needed from the deal, Biden seems to be playing some of the oldest and most predictable tricks the world has ever seen.
With his latest spending bill, Biden is asking for a smorgasbord of things that would normally be offensive to the Republican Party in hopes that they’ll view some minor gutting as a “compromise”.
Administration officials caution that details remain in flux. But the enormous scope of the proposal highlights the aggressive approach the Biden administration wants to take as it tries to harness the power of the federal government to make the economy more equitable, address climate change, and improve American manufacturing and high-technology industries in an escalating battle with China.
The bill itself is estimated to ask for about $3 trillion in new spending, which itself is more than 30% more than the administration was able to muster for COVID-19 relief.
Of course, this is the plan: Let the other side feel a little victory when they cut this monstrosity down to an appropriate size.
Let’s hope that the Republicans don’t fall for it.
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