October 15, 2021

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Conflict in the wilderness camp

Conflict in the wilderness camp

Joe Biden has been trying for months to get Congress to pass two mega bills that are key to his program to boost the U.S. economy.

First, there is $ 1.2 trillion for pharaonic projects to address the aging infrastructure in the country. A huge amount that scares not only Republicans, but also some Democrats who like to spend less.

Then, and here the American president is working harder, not to mention specifically about the fight against climate change, wanting to inject less than $ 3,500 billion to completely reform health care and education. The amount is funded by a large amount of tax increase.

Are moderates not so moderate?

What should Urticaria do to these so-called moderates and these famous Democrats who are very close to Republican ideas? In this case, those leading the most right-wing faction in the party are mostly senators from Joe Munchin and Kirsten Cinema, West Virginia and Arizona.

Joe Munchin, Democratic Senator from West Virginia (left), and Democratic Senator Kirsten Cinema from Arizona (center).

Photo: Getty Images / Alex Wong

In recent days, they have been back and forth between the Senate and the White House, in consultation with the President, and on the other hand, between pressure groups that finance their campaign.

With a slim majority in the House of Representatives and above all a Head Thanks to the voice of only-more-Vice President Kamala Harris in the Senate, Joe Biden has no luxury to subdue any member of his team.

As never before as the head of a democratic family, he must show his teeth, but also knock with the grain, give a little here and a little there.

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Too radical left?

Also on the other side of the party are a hundred or more progressive Democrats, whose leader is Bernie Saunders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and chief architect of the $ 3.5 trillion megaplan. The enemy of moderation With a very bad eye. We are ready to derail the infrastructure program, the centralists are ready to accept.

Bernie Saunders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and chief architect of the $ 3.5 trillion bill.

Senator Bernie Saunders before the Capitol in Washington

Photo: Getty Images / Kevin Dietsch

Their calculation is very simple: according to them, the Senate must vote on 3500 billion social reforms before voting on the 1200 billion infrastructure plan. In fact, they believe that if the moderates and centralists in the party succeed in prioritizing infrastructure, they will step aside to vote on bigger reforms. In short, faith reigns.

Before this mess, Republicans were making their fat out of these differences while swallowing their popcorn while watching this bad Democrat movie. The Grand Old Party (GOP) has a beautiful game: Do you control the White House, and both the Senate and the House of Representatives? Do your homework and get it. Joe Biden should say to himself: With such friends, who wants enemies?

Race against time

No matter how far he goes, time passes and compromises seem to be much harder than ever. In 13 months, by-elections will be held where a total of 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be restored and one-third of the 100 seats in the Senate will be lined up. Thirteen months is permanent in politics, yes, but the popularity indicators for Biden continue to decline.

And the hopes of being primarily a Democratic Congress are further diminishing every day. While being a Democratic majority is not synonymous with success, we can see it these days. Joe Biden, who boasted that he was able to get things done thanks to his ability to mobilize Republicans for his projects, said the good news was that he needed to save his two mega projects in the coming hours.

If it fails, it will no longer be a tent peg, it will fly like a tent. And it will not be more difficult to renew it within a year to face the by-elections. If he thinks it’s hard to be president these days, Biden must be in a cold sweat to think he can play against the Republican Congress against him for the last two years of his tenure.