Show passion in this season. Coronavirus is bringing the best in many. The American Republican party is now a “socialist party” and Democrats are worried that Republicans are pushing big governments way too fast that Democrats may now look like the old Republicans, known for limited government.
Trump now wants Obamacare badly and is open to offer special windows for enrollment (yes, the law he desired to kill on Day 1). Humans are the same: like the African politicians with no ideology or core belief, pandemic is showing that even the American and Western European politicians are just like them. In the age of austerity and paralysis, it is just about survival with ideological purity sent to museums.
Last week, Republicans joined Democrats — and in some cases got in front of them — in calling for direct payments to Americans to help cope with the economic fallout from the pandemic. The Trump administration, after laboring for years to repeal Obamacare, said it was considering creating a special enrollment period for the program due to the coronavirus. When Donald Trump himself suggested the government could take equity stakes in private companies that receive federal aid, it was a Democratic governor, Colorado’s Jared Polis, who accused the president of being a socialist.
“It’s crazy,” said Kelly Dietrich, founder of the National Democratic Training Committee, which trains candidates across the country. “Up is down, north is south.”
Over the weekend, Republicans and Democrats neared a deal on a rescue package that could cost at least $1.6 trillion, the most expensive such package in U.S. history. Bipartisan support for such a measure has been heralded by Democrats as an endorsement of expansive government intervention — in large part because elements of the spending, including $250 billion in direct payments to Americans, are now a priority of Republicans.
The world is uniting against a common enemy – a very dangerous virus. Our ideological purity can return during peacetime, but right now, for humans, we just want to survive. President Trump does not see being called a “socialist” a bad thing – and I agree with him: “ When Donald Trump himself suggested the government could take equity stakes in private companies that receive federal aid, it was a Democratic governor, Colorado’s Jared Polis, who accused the president of being a socialist.”
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