Yesterday’s Celtics game was so frustrating since the team that swept the Nets with a swift offense and a Smart defense did neither of those things yesterday. We were back in February with Tatum and Brown shooting missed 3 after missed 3 rather than going for the layups and rebounds in succession that would get you more points on the board more quickly. At the end of the day, as Yogi Bera would remind us, winning the game requires having more points than the other side. It does not matter whether they be 3 pointers or 2 pointers, the team with the most points wins.
I’m reminded of this when looking at the Biden presidency and Congressional Democrats. Their win big or go home mentality will result in many of them going home-for good-this coming November. And if our democracy was really at stake, isn’t it worth jettisoning they Build Back Better agenda for some midnight basketball that could actually pass the bloody Senate?
Former Treasury Secretaries Lew and Rubin have a common sense plan to restore the child tax credit, one Joe Manchin already signed off on as long as it’s revenue neutral. Romney has a great family aid plan that is also revenue neutral and will put $350/m into the pockets of every working parent. Rubio has a student loan reform package that would end this insanity of endless borrowing for good and in a more fiscally responsible manner than the Warren-Schumer jubilee. I’ll also add there’s stuff Manchin is willing to support on climateclimate, good stuff Bennett has proposed on prescription drugs and Medicare expansion. All of which will help working families save money without making inflation or the deficit any worse and without the waste, fraud, and abuse that affected nearly a quarter to a third of all the Covid and ARP packages.
Americans want to help other Americans who are also willing to help themselves by working and raising families. We don’t want to pay for people to be idle. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama got this, so did Joe Biden in the primary. I worry Ron Klain and the Progressive Caucus forgot this winning formula. A series of 2 pointers is ultimately better than continuing to miss your 3’s. Time for the Democrats to figure that out and start passing stuff rather than wasting time by making the perfect the enemy of the good. Our very democracy may depend on it.