Dems are digging themselves a deep political hole. The economy is headed for a crash and Dems are playing games. On Sunday and again Monday, New York’s own Chuck Schumer led Senate Democrats in shooting down a nearly $2 trillion rescue package, demanding a host of goodies that have little or nothing to do with saving the economy or aiding those in need. Some of their demands, in fact, could actually undermine recovery. “This has got to stop,” fumed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “The country is out of time.” Damn right.
Among the Dems’ demands: new collective-bargaining powers for unions, a lifeline for the Postal Service and a host of climate-change rules — never mind the rapidly approaching freight train headed straight for the US economy. “I’d like to see Senate Democrats tell New York City nurses and doctors” that they’re “filibustering” hospital funds because they “want to argue with the airlines over their carbon footprint,” said McConnell.
They seem to think they can hold the country for ransom. Some of their demands limit the flexibility of firms or deter them from taking loans. It will hurt workers, who won’t be hired thanks to the strings attached.