What is needed after yesterday’s House vote in support of Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget is less quarterbacking of Biden and Pelosi and more coordinated mass actions in Washington and across the country. And the organizing center would logically be the diverse coalition that elected our new president. One advantage that FDR and LBJ had over Biden in those earlier periods of major reform was the scale and scope of mass struggle was on a higher level than it is today. Correcting that is a major challenge for the progressives and social activists in and outside the Democratic Party.
So far the actions supporting Biden’s domestic agenda haven’t reached the level nor achieved the degree of coordination and focus that one would hope. Hopefully this will change – and the sooner the better – as Congress debates and votes on bills this fall that, if enacted, would qualitatively shift the terrain on which tens of millions of people live, work, vote. and struggle.