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Biden's Epic Fail at Unity

Debra Saunders on

As a candidate, now-President Joe Biden said that if elected, he would bring the country together, heal partisan divisions and get things done. How's that working out?

Sure, on the campaign trail, Biden seemed so convincing. He was the seasoned hand, a former vice president with 36 years in the Senate who knew the ways of Washington.

"We need to revive the spirit of bipartisanship in the country," he said in Ohio in October 2020. He said he wanted to "work with one another." If he occupied the Oval Office, he promised, "there will be no blue states and red states with me."

Some nine months into his tenure, it's evident that Biden's unity pledge ranks with former President Barack Obama's campaign whopper, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," which won him PolitiFact's Lie of the Year in 2013.

It's not just that Biden isn't producing unity; it's also that he's squandering the moment for a bad idea.

GOP senators provided the votes for a $1 trillion infrastructure measure so that it passed the Senate. They stuck their necks out. Then he bailed out in favor of a $3.5 trillion behemoth, dubbed Build Back Better, a darling of his party's progressive wing, but not the center.

 

With two years of free community college, universal preschool, and 12 weeks paid family and medical leave, Biden has set himself up to be not just better than vanquished President Donald Trump but a "transformational" president.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona believe that much spending is not good for America's wallet. In August, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimated the $3.5 trillion measure would force $2.9 trillion in borrowing over a decade and lift the debt to 115% of GDP by 2031.

It's a 50-50 Senate. Come on, man, you move to the middle, not the far left.

But rather than work with them, Team Biden is pressing them to submit. That's unity Biden-style.

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