Democrats still won't get out of their own way

If Democrats bolster union power, they'll help themselves. Is that so hard to understand?

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It's apparently "infrastructure week" in Washington once more — except this time for real. President Biden has proposed a roughly $2.8 trillion infrastructure bill, which is really more of a grab bag of various Democratic Party priorities. There is a lot of infrastructure spending in there, but there is also a massive elder care program, and critically, the Protecting the Right to Organize (or PRO) Act, which would make it much easier to organize a union. As usual for Biden's domestic agenda, the design is a bit of a mess, but the priorities are generally good.

Republicans, of course, have been moaning nonstop for months about how Democrats are plowing them over by refusing to listen to their ideas or negotiate in a bipartisan fashion. In reality, Democrats have been disturbingly willing to cater to Republican preferences, and some key Democratic swing votes in the Senate are still not behind the PRO Act. Measures like these are the bare minimum of what the party needs to be able to compete in future elections, but the people who will decide whether they pass are still dithering.

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