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Democrats Are Finally Admitting the Real Goal of Build Back Better

Congressional Democrats have been talking openly about the Build Back Better Act’s radical goals now that the sweeping spending package apparently has no chance of passing.

SO WHAT

America never voted for the left’s fantasy future.

WHAT THEY SAID

When Sen. Joe Manchin withdrew his support Sunday for President Joe Biden’s signature bill, blocking its passage in the 50-50 Senate, the West Virginia Democrat noted that his party had not always been honest about the legislation’s true ambitions and costs.

However, progressive lawmakers have since made clear that they were, and still are, seeking a revolution of American society.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Well, we never give up,” Pelosi said at a news conference Monday in San Francisco.

  • “This will happen, it must happen, and we will do it as soon as we can. There are conversations that are ongoing, but we cannot walk away from this commitment. The Build Back Better is about transforming our society.”
Rep. Jamal Bowman, D-N.Y.: “Why do we have to acquiesce to what members of another party think we should be doing, what so called moderates think we should be doing, what so called independents think we should be doing? All of that represents a status quo,” Bowman told the Washington Post Monday.
  • “Our status quo is rooted in racism, sexism and classism, and us not passing Build Back Better or scaling it back dramatically, even more so than has already been done, is going to disproportionately harm people of color, women, the poor, children and seniors.”

Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo.: “There weren’t black and brown people sitting at that table to put together this deal,” Bush said on MSNBC Sunday.

  • “But beyond that, making sure that this was about all the people, that we could effect the most people in this country, because right now we have the House, the Senate and the White House, so we need to get the most done for the people that we can.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.: “It is unconscionable the way the Senate operates. It’s fundamentally undemocratic. What we really need to do is crack down on the Senate, which operates like an old boys’ club that has a couple of gals in it that have managed to break through,” Ocasio-Cortez said on MSNBC Monday, falsely claiming to represent “just as many or more people” than Manchin. ”

  • “I think right now that Democratic leadership has a very large number of tools at their disposal, the president particularly, and it’s really about time that we take the kid gloves off and we start using them to govern for working families in this country.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.: “No one should think that we are going to be satisfied with an even smaller package that leaves people behind or refuses to tackle critical issues like climate change,” Jayapal, who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in a call with reporters Monday.

  • “That is why it is now incumbent on President Biden to keep his promise to us and to the American people by using the ultimate tool in his toolbox: the tool of executive actions in every arena immediately.”

REALITY CHECK

White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not rule out unilateral executive actions but urged frustrated liberals to give Biden more time to try to salvage parts of the Build Back Better Act.
  • “We need to work together to get this done, and he’s going to work like hell to get it done,” she said.

Meanwhile, on a West Virginia radio show Monday, Manchin reminded progressives that Democrats have razor-thin majorities in Congress and effectively dared them to boot him from the party.

  • “I think I still represent the centrist wing of a Democratic Party that has compassion but also has reasonability,” he said. “Now if there are no Democrats like that, they ought to push me where they want me.”

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