“LOL like this will change anything.”
This pretty much sums up why I haven’t even bothered to write about the infrastructure bill that has passed the Senate or the reconciliation bill that could pass Congress.
“I’ve spent the past few weeks in a controlled fury — and I’m not normally a fury kind of guy. Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and others are trying to pass arguably the most consequential legislative package in a generation, and what did I sense in my recent travels across five states? The same thing I sense in my social media feed and on the various media most-viewed lists.
Have we given up on the idea that policy can change history? Have we lost faith in our ability to reverse, or even be alarmed by, national decline? More and more I hear people accepting the idea that America is not as energetic and youthful as it used to be.
Over the past few decades there has been a redistribution of dignity — upward. From Reagan through Romney, the Republicans valorized entrepreneurs, C.E.O.s and Wall Street. The Democratic Party became dominated by people in the creative class, who attended competitive colleges, moved to affluent metro areas, married each other and ladled advantages onto their kids so they could leap even farther ahead. …”
If it passes, it passes.
If it doesn’t pass, well, it is not like that changes anything.
The Democrats could spend $10 trillion dollars. It wouldn’t buy them either legitimacy or social peace. We’ve already spent $2.2 trillion on the CARES Act and another $1.9 trillion on Joe Biden’s COVID relief bill. Has the country become more or less divided after spending the last $4 trillion?
This country has been culturally broken. It is beyond repair at this point. There is no unifying thread – racial, cultural, ethnic, religious or ideological – that unites elites to the seething masses. Not even football or shopping at the mall which was the thinnest of cultural glue when I was growing up.
Humpty Dumpty will come tumbling down at some point. We all know it is coming. It is just a matter of time. The spark really doesn’t matter. The spark could end up being anything.