Where were these attitudes of “compromise” and “pass what we can agree on” six months ago?
If this gets passed, there will be a lot of self-congratulations and talk of bipartisanship. What a bunch of bologna. The only thing that changed is the political calculus.
This is likely true but in of itself, does not explain much.
I can see that the lame duck Reps/Senators may be looking at this differently as they were not reelected. Are you suggesting that if Trump had won, things regarding a deal would be different? Again, perhaps true, but what would be the difference in the Calculus?
I am sure that I don't understand the calculus, either in the first case or how it has changed. The virus is still the virus, these elected officials that opposed a deal didn't really think the virus was just going to go away did they? We still have the same deficit and debt. Just as much unemployment. Those who believe this is a bail out to Blue States and lazy people still feel that way.
Maybe those who did get reelected, but by narrower margins than expected, decided it was time to do their jobs. I guess that could be a change in political calculus.
This is a humanitarian and economic crisis, even through there are still many that may believe otherwise. A crisis like this requires sacrifice. Passing bills (either spending or tax cutting) and running up debt is actually pretty easy as politics go. We are far from out of this. Taxes are going to be needed. Spending cuts are going to be needed. Other sacrifices as well. Is the country ready to face that reality? Are the politicians ready to be the ones to acknowledge these realities? Probably not.
Passing this bill is just a meager start. It is necessary to avoid a whole lot of homelessness and other suffering but still not doing any of the really hard stuff that is going to be needed. That applies equally to spending towards a greener economy, tough decisions about defense spending, taxation levels, health care costs, you name it. Something has to give on some or all of these to cover the cost (direct and indirect) of the virus. Yes, some are going to have to pay more taxes. No, we can't just negate all student debt. Yes, we may have to reduce defense spending. No, we can't try to fund a green economy right now. And yes, we are going to have to find a better way to provide health care to our citizens.