Nancy Pelosi speaking

As more and more state and local governments issue orders for businesses to close and residents to shelter in place, economic activity — outside of toilet paper hoarding — has ground to a halt.

A bipartisan bill with wide support, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has made its way through Congress.

The president has said he’ll sign it as soon as it hits his desk. Republicans and Democrats negotiated it all weekend.

It provides financial relief to industries, businesses, and individuals impacted by the coronavirus pandemic while also fortifying hospitals and clinics across the country.

So, of course, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have halted it.

Over at Townhall, Katie Pavlich reports on the liberal Christmas list that Pelosi and Schumer are demanding to move the bill forward:

  • A bail out on all current debt at the Postal Service
  • Required same day voter registration
  • Provisions on official time for union collective bargaining
  • Full offset of airline emissions by 2025
  • Publication and reporting of greenhouse gas statistics for individual flights
  • Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
  • Study on climate change mitigation efforts

As you can see NOT ONE of these provisions have anything to do with the Coronavirus crisis America is facing.

Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) tweeted his disgust:

#WeWillNotForget This is one of the most egregious political calculations in recent history. Democrats are content to watch our economy crumble if it means an opportunity for progressive virtue signaling.Hold them accountable. Call your Reps. Do not let them get away with it.

I wrote last week that the Democrats won’t let this crisis go to waste, and are actively trying to usher in every totalitarian dream they can think of — including the Green New Deal, a bailout of Planned Parenthood, sweeping gun confiscations, limits to the use of private property, and more.

Normally, the Democrats far exceed the Republicans in sending messages that tug on heartstrings, outflanking the Republicans to make them look as unsympathetic as possible.

In 2020, however, Democrats seem to have lost their mojo.

It’s been quite some time since they offered real solutions, but that’s nothing new. What’s new is watching them try to apply political leverage where they have none.