For the publisher: Well, Jonah Goldberg’s column urging Democrats to calm down after the “Build Back Better” defeat was very smart. He even allowed God a little apparition. I would just like to highlight a few small points.
Goldberg says not only were one or two senators against President Biden’s welfare spending plan, but 52. Yes, but 50 of them were Republicans, not one with a backbone. The Democrats, with messy messages included, are trying to do something; the Republicans are in the way, to a man.
Goldberg also compares Biden’s plan to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. In the 1930s, we were going through the worst depression in our history. I’m 91 years old and I have fond memories of how we lived back then. While FDR offered hope, economically we didn’t really get away with it until WWII.
Even if we are politically divided and Biden does not have a magpie tail, but for COVID-19, this economy would be bustling.
No, Mr. Goldberg, it’s not that a lot of Americans are thirsty for a New Deal; is that a lot of Americans are hungry.
Nate Tucker, Costa Mesa
For the publisher: Goldberg postulates that Biden should be content to succeed in doing what his predecessor could not – legislate massive improvements to the country’s infrastructure.
Goldberg suggests Biden should thank God that Senator Joe Manchin III (DW.Va.) thwarted his party’s proposed Build Back Better plan, as if passing this social spending legislation would not greatly improve the outlook. Democrats in 2022 and 2024.
Yes, Build Back Better would cost more than infrastructure law. But there’s a devil in the details: Build Back Better would deliver immediate benefits to working-class families – in the form of tax credits, reduced childcare costs, and more. since many years.
Goldberg should take into account that the voting masses are much more motivated by immediate personal gratification than by long-term infrastructure improvements.
Christine Hagel, Orcutt, California.
For the publisher: It’s ironic that Goldberg begins a column about Build Back Better’s apparent failure with an anecdote about God’s attempts to save a man from a flood.
The Climate Elements of Build Back Better were an attempt to save us from a future of flooding and many other varieties of warming-related devastation.
But Goldberg writes nothing about the obvious urgency of these efforts, preferring to focus solely on politics.
Don Shirley, Sherman Oaks