It's interesting that they couldn't find a way to make #8 sound bad.
Meanwhile on this site we're locked in some kind of conceptual battle over @Davidshor Thought when the actual Democratic governing strategy, almost a year after winning power, is "do nothing". I'd like to at least see a robust defense of that by a true believer.
Our political leaders created a huge buildup to bills that were supposed to make the New Deal look like chump change, went all-in on debt ceiling drama, and then just said "meh" about it all. That seems like a bigger political emergency than the specific content of these policies
Part of political leadership is just storytelling and getting people to participate in a shared narrative around national priorities. So for example, what's the story on Covid right now, going into winter? What is even the content of Build Back Better at this point? No one says.
The Democratic critique of Trumpism for four years was that it was destroying democracy, so the failure to wield power once given it is extremely damaging. You can't say the house is on fire and then argue for a year over which hose to use without people feeling taken for a ride.
And that's apparently the extent of Democrats' message going into 2022. "The house is still on fire! Better elect us again!"

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1. No way to reference anything in the real world (oracle problem)
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3. Everything breaks (more) unless expensive distributed systems are run in perpetuity.
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FBI: plz put the crime data in a location we picked
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