I understand it’s not realistic to expect Congress to immediately ramp up the pace of major reforms and policy proposals. However, you set your sights where you want to be, then you work to get there. Agility and adaptability are what corporations are demanding of themselves nowadays. Why should we imagine gridlock is normal? It isn’t.
Three months seems perfectly reasonable to me for a group of politicians to fully wrap their hands and heads around a complex system or issue and propose legislation that effects change. Don’t forget, they don’t have to go sequentially, issue by issue. They can have parallel groups each progressing through study phases and legislation phases at the same time.
Think of major reforms and policy proposals as the product of a government factory. Think of a pipelining approach to production. Different groups work each product. Multiple products are in work at the same time, and one comes to completion every 3 months, even though each product itself takes a year or two to go through the pipeline. This is in fact already how Congress works, which is why 3 months per major achievement isn’t unreasonable, and one major achievement over 8 years is nothing less than a work stoppage.
If politicians would hear the people — “Compromise and make more progress faster, or we’re abolishing our form of government. You’ve been warned.” — and they would accept that this message is coming both from the Trumpists and the progressive left (and, in fact, it is…that was the main idea of my article), then I think the pressure this creates for politicians is a good, constructive kind of pressure.
Back in the 2010s, the Democratic party thought that Mitch McConnell’s stonewalling and gridlock, over Obama’s tenure, would backfire on them. They know most Americans want bold changes, now, and lots of them. But the Republican strategy didn’t backfire. Most Americans didn’t blame Republicans for refusing to let major reforms and policy proposals pass. They mostly blamed the Democrats instead. (I guess that shows the dominance of conservative media. But it doesn’t matter why it happened.) Biden needs to see that bold leadership and lots of proposals is the way to go now. Trump’s voters didn’t punish Republicans for stonewalling Obama; they blamed Obama. They actually voted in even greater numbers for change in 2016 and again in 2020. But instead of empty Democratic promises, they said “Rather have a dictator. At least something will get done.” Biden needs to understand this point of view if he wants to succeed.