"What are we to make of the fact that for years on end,
Then, Melber said the scariest thing someone can say to a senator: "And I`ll give you as much time as you need to give us your thoughts."
To his credit, Booker's answer was shorter than Melber's question, but still too long to quote in full.
"Well, look," Booker began, "it's often during crisis that you see Americans expand their moral imagination." He noted how the Birmingham church bombing opened America's eye to the evils of segregation, and how the Triangle Shirtwaist fire illuminated the problem of poor working conditions. "And now," Booker said, "this crisis has hopefully begun to inspire the moral imagination in our country" to deal with health care.
Booker's response was better than the question. But that question and the underlying assumptions behind it are all over the place these days. It boils down to: You people said we couldn't afford X (where X equals the Green New Deal, or Medicare for All, or cancelled student debt, or all three), and now we can afford to spend trillions in response to the coronavirus. So were you just lying?
But let's start with why it's flawed on the merits.
Under normal circumstances I can't afford to spend $20,000 to fly first class to
In other words, crises are different. We spend money differently during them. We also do things that under normal circumstances we would consider wrong, illegal, unconstitutional or all three. If Lincoln had suspended habeas corpus during peacetime, he'd rightly have been impeached.
Which brings me to my second point.
One reason many people are deeply skeptical of climate change is that a lot of the stuff progressives propose to fight it are things they want to do anyway. And often, the stuff they want to do in the name of fighting climate change has nothing to do with climate change. Rep.
During the debate over the economic rescue package last week, House Majority
If you want to convince normal Americans to take a crisis seriously, you have a moral obligation to act as if you take it seriously too. Using it as an opportunity to get things you couldn't successfully argue for before the crisis tells people you're not as serious as you expect them to be.
And that is a sure-fire way to sow precisely the sort of partisan distrust you decry.
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