For months now, Kyrsten Sinema has locked horns with the far-left, refusing to blow up the filibuster and now blocking the passage of Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda via reconciliation. The harassment she’s received has seemingly only bolstered her resolve. More recently, she’s given the White House to the cold shoulder, and perhaps that’s behind this latest leak?
According to sources relayed by Business Insider, Sinema’s red-line has been revealed, and it’s already giving her colleagues fits.
**NEW: @kyrstensinema is *still* opposed to any individual and corporate tax hikes despite repeated WH meetings, per two Senate D aides familiar.
“I do not think anyone in the caucus believes that to be a tenable position,” one aide told mehttps://t.co/BhpKfNoPqf
— Joseph Zeballos-Roig (@josephzeballos) October 14, 2021
A major holdup in the ongoing talks is Sinema’s opposition to any tax increases for individuals and large corporations, per two Senate Democratic aides familiar with the matter. Her position threatens to deprive the package of over $700 billion in revenue to finance the bulk of Biden’s agenda. The president has repeatedly promised his plan will be fully paid for and won’t add to the deficit. Most Democrats are also fervent in their desire to roll back President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts.
Well, that’s quite the red-line.
For a while, we’ve known Sinema had issues with the tax hikes in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. Now, we know just how big her issues were, and hoo boy. She apparently wants no increases at all, something that cuts to the very core of the Democrat agenda, which is seeking to raise taxes on the “rich” and corporations across the board. If that’s truly her position, I have no idea how a compromise happens down the road. Not only will the far-left never go along with zero tax hikes, but without those increases, the bill’s gimmicks that “pay” for the spending no longer apply.
Leaks like this don’t just happen, and the timing of this one is very deliberate. Sinema just so happens to be in Europe right now, and that trip is already being spun as the Arizona senator bowing to big-money interests and corporations. Dropping this while she’s fundraising overseas is meant to make Sinema look even more out of touch with the Democrat base, and thereby increase the hostility toward her.
The predominant narrative among her opponents? That Sinema is off fundraising in Europe on the dime of big business, while refusing to raise taxes on evil corporations back home. The entire spectacle is enough to make most Democrats tear their hair out, but their attempts to shame Sinema appear to be having no effect.
Sinema: “It’s not effective to pressure me on anything. Because I am a thoughtful person who takes a lot of time, deliberatively, to make decisions, once I’ve made a decision, I feel very comfortable with it. And it doesn’t matter what other people think.” https://t.co/Pr1nkRwwV7
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 14, 2021
In short, no matter how much her opponents shout into the great expanse, Sinema is not listening to them, and she’s driving the left of her party absolutely insane. They are used to being able to bully people into submission, and that’s especially true when talking about a fellow Democrat. But Sinema continues to be an enigma, going her own way and feeding off the friendly fire that plagues her. Perhaps a different tact from her detractors may have persuaded her, but the time for that has long passed.