The Editorial Board
The Editorial Board
If you thought the invention and peddling of the Trump-Russia conspiracy deserved a reckoning, it may have started on Thursday.
News accounts play down the significance of the lie Democratic lawyer Michael Sussmann allegedly told the Federal Bureau of Investigation if, as claimed in the indictment, he said he was acting as a public-spirited citizen and not on behalf of any client when he approached with evidence for the theory the Trump campaign was secretly communicating with the Kremlin through the servers of Russia’s Alfa Bank.
I want to stay with 9/11 to say something that struck me hard after the ceremonies last Saturday. The grief felt and expressed had to do with more than the memories of that day 20 years ago. It also had to do with right now.
It had to do with a sense that we are losing the thread, that America is losing the thread. We compared—we couldn’t help it, it is in the nature of memory—the America of now with the America of 20 years ago, and we see a deterioration. We feel disturbance at this because we don’t know if we can get our way back.
There’s a simple reason Democrats have never in 20 years rounded up the votes for an economy-crushing climate bill: It’s political suicide. As the reconciliation battle rages, that reality is finally—belatedly—setting in.
House Democrats this week wrapped up committee work on their $3.5 trillion reconciliation bonanza, and most of the hoopla was over taxes and entitlements. But in the background, progressives also grappled with the first signs that their other major priority—a sweeping climate agenda—is veering toward a ditch.
Sometimes they arrive in a trickle, sometimes in a flood. But the wave of young women, families and unaccompanied minors is constant. Border Patrol agents drop them off at our front door, knowing we will provide temporary respite and treat them with respect. Our Catholic Charities’ Humanitarian Respite Center serves an average of 1,000 migrants in Southern Texas every day.
President Biden has bet that exiting Afghanistan will strengthen the U.S. in its competition with China. But he may have overlooked an important detail: This withdrawal threatens the Quad, a vital component of American strategy in Asia.
Composed of America, Japan, India and Australia, the Quad was revived four years ago amid growing concern about an assertive China. On Sept. 24, Mr. Biden will host the first in-person summit of leaders of the grouping. The message is unambiguous: Flanked by fellow democracies, the U.S. is gearing up to oppose Chinese belligerence.
It’s one of the strangest, and most destructive, juxtapositions in political history. Even as vaccines developed by drug companies are saving the world from Covid, the Democratic Party wants to rob these firms of the reward for innovation that is essential to developing future cures.
That’s one of the big stories as Democrats scramble to finance their $3.5 trillion expansion of the entitlement state. Even they can’t find more than $2.2 trillion in taxes to raise, so they’re hoping to fill the gap with $500 billion in savings from price controls on drugs.