Ms. Solnit manages to get it entirely wrong again

Amazing, really:

What if the fate of the world was complicated and also, to most people, a bit boring? What if we got a chance to change the world or even save it, and hardly anyone noticed? I hardly dare to start this essay with the phrase “budget reconciliation” lest you be inspired to click elsewhere right away, but stick with me. This is important and also includes a Britney Spears sighting. Because the budget reconciliation bill is maybe the most important thing happening right now, in the long run, but the least dramatic, at least in how it’s being reported. By important I mean significant, for all of us, for the long-term future, for the lives of ordinary people and for the climate.

So she goes off and talks about how this is all about the long list of wokeisms and luvvieness that she supports.

Which isn’t the point at all.

“Budget reconciliation” is a tactic to get a bill passed. One that is used when there isn’t sufficient support to overcome the filibuster rules in the US Senate. There’s nothing, nothing at all, in the concept that says it should be about or even is about wokeism and luvvieness.

The wokeism and luvvieness is in this specific bill which people are trying to use this process to pass. That they’re using this process is the proof itself, whole and complete, that it doesn’t have widespread support. That’s why they’re using this process, see?

2 thoughts on “Ms. Solnit manages to get it entirely wrong again”

  1. Lefty rule #2: whatever means the Left use to get their way is Good, whatever way the Right use to get their way is Bad. Even if its exactly the same process, such as ‘getting more people to vote for you’.

  2. But she may be right. This is a boring means for a party with only 48 out of 100 senators to get partisan legislation through Congress. Just like Wilson’s minority government was able to reward the mineworkers for destroying Heath’s government and set in train the 1970s hyperinflation that worse-than-halved the value of most private sector pensions plunging hundreds of thousands if not millions into poverty and dependance on charities or the state.

    It IS important.

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