We all know the adage about counting chickens when they are still eggs. That is how I’m operating on Build Back Better 2.0; better known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
Most often the subject of the Sunday article is the biggest political story of the week just passed. This week that is far from the case. It’s my site and my article so I decided to take a point of personal privilege and write about something much, much less important but that I care about.
Last week was another where it is difficult to pick the biggest American political story of the week; on the surface that is. In reality the fact that one political party with two allies from the other side decided that American democracy wasn’t important is difficult to top. All 50 Republican senators with the addition of Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona refused to amend the filibuster rule to enable voting rights – the cornerstone of democracy – to get an up or down vote.
Like most progressives Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema is not my favorite senator. If I decided to rank the current members of the upper chamber, she might have a difficult time making my top 50 (there are only 50 Democrats). An incident where protestors followed her into an Arizona State University lavatory while filming their actions is the catalyst for this article, but it goes much deeper.
The unresolved issue that garnered the most DC press last week was the infrastructure bill package which is still in limbo as of this writing. It consists of two legislative bills; one a traditional infrastructure package which appears to have bipartisan support (at least in the Senate) and a larger “fix much of what is deficient in America while preparing it for the future bill”. I am of the school of thought that we should be concentrating on the content of the second bill and not its price tag. For the purposes of today’s discussion I will largely break that rule.