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Dance with the devil? Critics pan the infrastructure package ‘Biden poison pill’

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The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal picked apart the infrastructure bill that was forged by the Gang of 10 from the Senate in collaboration with President Joe Biden, saying it was a trick.

“Politicians in Washington renege on their bipartisan promises all the time, but what are we to make of a deal in which one side admits it is pulling a bait and switch from the start? That was the astonishing news Thursday as President Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed a bipartisan Senate infrastructure deal even as they said the price of their support is getting the rest of their agenda too,” the newspaper wrote.

Biden and the five Democrats and five Republicans, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski, announced the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package they had agreed on.

Read: Murkowski, Gang of 10 forge infrastructure deal with Biden

But just two hours later, Biden pulled a fast one: He said he won’t sign the infrastructure bill unless the Senate passes another $3 trillion or more he wants in tax increases and entitlement programs. They’ll have to move “on a dual track,” he said.

“What we agreed on today is what we could agree on. The physical infrastructure. There’s no agreement on the rest,” Mr. Biden said. “If this is the only thing that comes to me, I’m not signing it.”

The newspaper was unkind: “Most politicians at least wait a decent interval to pull a double cross. But Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Biden are trying to prevent a revolt on the left. So they are now holding a bipartisan deal hostage to the left’s demands. This is political blackmail aimed at Democrats like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who are part of the bipartisan Senate Gang of 10: Unless they sign on to all of the progressive tax-and-spend agenda, they won’t get their bipartisan deal. And Mr. Biden and progressives will blame them for the failure.

“This is remarkable bad faith even for Washington. We’ll have more to say about the details of the bipartisan deal as they emerge. But Thursday’s comments make clear this exercise isn’t bipartisan at all. The Pelosi-Biden political goal is to use this Senate deal as leverage to jam through the rest of their progressive wish list.

“The question is why Senate Republicans would sign on to this deal when they are being told to their faces they’ll be double-crossed. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell expressed appropriate doubt due to the bait and switch late Thursday. Some Republicans hope the bipartisan deal will make it harder to pass a reconciliation bill by taking away the popular infrastructure bits. But unless Republicans know that Mr. Manchin or other Democrats won’t support a Pelosi reconciliation bill, that hope appears to have died on Thursday,” the Wall Street Journal wrote.

Biden made it clear: “I control that. If they don’t come, I’m not signing it. Real simple,” Biden answered, when asked how he planned to get the infrastructure measure and taxes-and-entitlements package through Congress at the same time.

“We need physical infrastructure, but we also need the human infrastructure as well,” Biden said. “We’re going to have to do that through the budget process and we need a fair tax system to pay for it all.”

Biden has asked Congress to pass an additional $1.8 trillion in funding for things like free child care, free universal preschool, and free college.

Perhaps before they realized they’d been double-crossed, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) issued a statement:

“Today, we’re proud to advance this bipartisan proposal to make a historic investment in America’s critical infrastructure needs, advance cleaner technologies, create jobs, and strengthen American competitiveness, without raising taxes. This agreement shows that the two parties can still come together, find common ground, and get things done that matter to everyday Americans. We are happy to have President Biden’s support, and will now get to work enlisting the support of colleagues on both sides of the aisle.”

The infrastructure framework is at this link.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • The dems have perfected getting what they want and we are all screwed because of it. Nothing is free.
    Is the 100 day mask mandate over yet? When is the 100 day mark anyway.

  • Perfect! I expect nothing less from this regime! Go for it! Go full ahead! Demand for congress to pass the whole agenda! Go public! Free healthcare for all! Free college for all! Free Obamaphones for all! Free food for all! Free rent for all! Free public transportation for all! Of course, there my come a time when the actual producers in the nation tire of the parasites and demand a purge. But that’s never going to happen, so go for it Sleepy Joe and Sleazy Kamala!

  • Why does Joe Biden remind me of an old Forrest Gump? Oh right, stupid is as stupid does.

  • Never, never trust a Democrat. Even if you are one!

  • The democrats, they come to steal destroy and kill, the people of the United States.
    It’s all about control. If we don’t stand up to these thieves, your life in America as we know now, will be over.
    One nation under God, Help us.

  • these comments attempting to be politically important, reads more like acrimony and whining. Sincerely from someone who never saw forest gump, don’t need to burden others with personal trifles, and knows in Alaska’s public health more are infected and spreading VD than Covid, nasty.

  • And we expected, what?????

  • Wanna bet that Murkowski knew of Beijing Biden’s planned double cross?

  • He didn’t double cross. He can’t remember he even met with them. He’s been double crossing for 50 years!
    Why would any intelligent Republican waste their time and double cross their voters by patronizing these Marxist’s? The real double cross is these RINOs.

  • 2 hours later the “Double Cross” is expressed by Slick-Joe. So, where’s the rebuttal – response from the Gang of Ten? Or, are they really going to roll over like trained obedient dogs?
    Based on the results, this may be great campaign material for Kelly T.

  • Our “President” is an unstable loon.

  • “free child care, free universal preschool, and free college”
    .
    Translation: You have children and the rest of us get to pay for them through government, by force if necessary.
    Why should the rest of us pay for your childcare costs? Pay your own way. You already get tax benefits denied to people who do not have children.
    Universal preschool? Isn’t that just another name for childcare? And WTF should the rest of us pay for it???
    Free college…interesting concept. Does that mean any adult can demand a free ride to Harvard or some other Ivy League college or will there be some scheme to keep those prestigious institutions reserved for the rich and entitled??? Maybe the worker drones will get free community college to prepare them for their life of drudgery and servitude to the all powerful and benevolent government.
    Free college and free everything else are just the carrots that stupid people chase around thinking they’re really making out and who never even see the stick until it’s way too late.

  • The repubs were played.
    It’s nothing but failure theater and we’re footing the bill.
    Murkowski did what she does best. Spend someone else’s money.

  • Classic Republican RINOs: caving at every opportunity, and competing with Dems to be the biggest spenders. Not donating or voting for a Republican ever again, at the state or federal level.

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