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The List: Congressional Democrats Are Holding Coronavirus Relief Hostage for These UNRELATED Items (Updated)


It was 2008, and America was in a financial crisis., Millions of people were losing billions of dollars of savings and investments.

The Democrats’ response? Exploit the crisis as an opportunity to get a laundry list of unrelated Democrat priorities.

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that [is] it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not before.”

Democrat political strategist Rahm Emanuel, adviser to Presidents Clinton and Obama.

The congressional Democrats’ response to the coronavirus epidemic has been exactly the same: The Senate Democrats have been shamelessly holding hostage major legislation to help millions of Americans who are suffering from the economic impact of the epidemic.

Then, just as senators of both parties were about to reach agreement to pass a relief bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hopped on her private jet, flew to Washington, and brashly demanded a brand new list of unrelated Democrat priorities.

Here’s the list (courtesy of townhall.com):

-Publication of corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards

-A bail out on all current debt at the Postal Service

-Required early voting

-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

-Federal $15 minimum wage

-Permanent paid leave

-Study on climate change mitigation efforts

The provisions will apply to the companies and business rescued by the bill.

I have been making it a point to avoid partisan politics while this crisis is pending. I have praised the Democrat governors of New York, California, New Jersey, Washington state, and here in Colorado. Along with our Republican president, they have all been doing a magnificent job of dealing with an unprecedented national emergency.

But what the congressional Democrats are doing, exploiting this national tragedy for rank political gain, is utterly despicable.

It is depraved.

It is soulless.

And they need to be called out.

UPDATE: It’s now been revealed that House Democrat Majority Whip James Clyburn has openly confirmed that his party’s specific intent is to deliberately exploit this national crisis for their political gain. He told his caucus last week that the coronavirus is “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

Author: Ken Falkenstein

Ken Falkenstein is the Managing Editor of Committed Conservative and brings a wealth of experience and expertise in public affairs to the job. Ken served in the U.S. Army in the last years of the Cold War as a Russian linguist for military intelligence and the NSA. After leaving the Army, he earned his degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, where he also wrote a popular column in the student newspaper. Upon graduation, Ken worked as a Legislative Aide to two Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Ken also served as Corresponding Secretary of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia, managed several successful political campaigns, and managed governmental affairs operations for a local Realtor association. In 1995, Ken moved to Washington, DC to serve as a Legislative Assistant to Sen. John Warner (R-VA). While working for Sen. Warner, Ken attended law school at night, earning his J.D. with honors from the George Mason University School of Law (n/k/a The Antonin Scalia Law School). Since that time, Ken has practiced as a civil litigation attorney, including serving for three years as an Associate City Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ken previously was a contributor to the highly-regarded political blog Bearing Drift and was a weekly co-host of The Steve Batton Radio Program. In 2016, Ken ran unsuccessfully for the Virginia Beach School Board. Ken is also a former President of the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads. Ken now lives outside of Denver, Colorado with his wife, Kim, and three sons, Adam, Dylan, and Joshua, who has Down syndrome. Ken’s writing is motivated and informed primarily by his concern for his kids’ future.