As the ‘normal‘ is made the new ‘abnormal‘ in this day-and-age, Joe Biden is taking the bull by the horns and moving this country in the right direction despite the over-stuffed spasms of Republicans, who are drowning in bile and ignorance without lifting a finger.
Hence, this afternoon the first gathering of Joe’s team:
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Some details via the AP:
To begin with, the full Cabinet met Thursday in the spacious East Room, rather than the comparatively cramped West Wing room that bears its name, to allow for social distancing.
All attendees, including the president, donned masks. And the afternoon meeting did not include the over-the-top tributes to the chief executive that came to define Cabinet meetings held by President Donald Trump.
The timing of the first meeting was deliberate: a week after the full Cabinet was confirmed and a day after Biden released his infrastructure plan, which will likely dominate Washington through the summer and shape next year’s midterm elections.
The White House allowed press to witness just the opening three minutes of the meeting, where the president tapped five Cabinet secretaries “to take special responsibility to explain the plan to the American public.”
He directed Transportation’s Pete Buttigieg, Energy’s Jennifer Granholm, Housing and Urban Development’s Marcia Fudge, Labor’s Marty Walsh and Commerce’s Gina Raimondo to be visible to Americans and lead outreach on Capitol Hill.
Biden also directed the entire Cabinet to examine their agency spending to ensure it follows his “Buy American” commitment.
In all, 25 people were attending, the White House said. In normal times, scheduling an in-person Cabinet meeting would require weeks, if not months, of planning to block off time in the travel schedules of the various principals.
But most have remained in Washington due to the pandemic.
Trump’s Cabinet meetings became known for their high level of presidential adoration, with “Dear Leader”
Yeah, remember bootlicking for the T-Rump was the main concern for those get-togethers in the days of yore, thankfully only a nightmare-memory now.
And of that infrastructure plan, MoscowMitch is right on top of it — absolutely no surprise here:
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Background per Reuters this morning:
“I’m going to fight them every step of the way, because I think this is the wrong prescription for America,” McConnell told a news conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, adding that he does not believe Democrats have a public manadate to advance Biden’s proposal.
Biden’s infrastructure plan, unveiled on Wednesday, charts a course for dramatic change in the direction of the U.S. economy and includes investments in traditional projects like roads and bridges along with climate change initiatives and human services like elder care.
“There’s more money in that plan that the president laid out in Pittsburgh for electric cars than for roads and bridges. Let me say that again: more money for electric cars than roads and bridges,” McConnell said.
McConnell warned that “massive tax increases” would harm the economy and said the package’s spending level could run up the debt.
The White House says the infrastructure proposal would more than pay for itself.
“My view about infrastructure is, we ought to build that which we can afford and not either whack the economy with major tax increases or run up the national debt,” he said.
And of course, MoscowMitch had to whine the baby-victim — from the Guardian‘s love blog:
The Republican leader argued that, given Democrats’ narrow majorities in Congress, Biden did not have a mandate to pursue a “left-wing” agenda.
But McConnell acknowledged that, with Republicans in the Senate minority, there is little he can do other than play defense at the moment.
“Problem is I don’t get to set the agenda anymore,” McConnell said.
“But for one seat in Georgia, I would be setting the agenda.”
On top of that, Republicans really don’t understand the word, ‘infrastructure‘ as it stands:
Dangerous nit-twit, especially with the COVID infrastructure…