Everybody’s deploring partisan polarization these days, especially this presidential term, especially this week. Including the Cato Institute’s president, Peter Goettler: “two years in Washington has taught me that tribalism is a huge factor in driving the political process and discourse.” On the other hand, as I’ve written before, bipartisanship is typically a conspiracy against the taxpayers. Here’s the latest example, from the Wall Street Journal:
‘We Don’t All Hate Each Other’: Senate’s Bipartisanship Obscured by Kavanaugh Fight
The intense partisanship engulfing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has diverted attention from a raft of recent bipartisanship in the Senate during the past few weeks, drowning out issues that could appeal to voters in the midterms.
The chamber on Wednesday passed legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for five years by a 93–6 vote. That legislation included a measure to double funding for big infrastructure projects around the world, combining several little‐known government agencies into a new body with authority to do $60 billion in development financing.Also on Wednesday, the Senate advanced an opioid bill to President Trump’s desk by a vote of 98–1. That bill includes several changes to Medicare and state Medicaid programs, such as requiring Medicare to cover services provided by certified opioid treatment programs.
And last week, Mr. Trump signed into law a spending bill that increases military spending for the next fiscal year.