Christmas in April

Christmas is that time of the year when business is booming, there are gifts galore, and even when struggling, parents try to find a way to give their kids something special. The Democrats currently running the government, like parents at Christmastime, are looking to give out gifts to keep their activist base happy. They have in their bag of gifts, handouts to energy activists, transgender rights activists, and immigration activists. The Biden administration, less than three months in office, has already spent trillions of dollars under the guise of meeting the needs of the American people and the nation’s infrastructure. A $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package that only allocated 9% of the funding for Covid-related purposes is now being followed by an over $2 trillion infrastructure bill that allocates less than 10% of its funding for traditional transportation infrastructure, and less than half directed toward any kind of infrastructure. It’s Christmas in April, and this is just the beginning…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, never one to shy away from demanding the complete submission of the American people and their elected representatives to her socialist agenda, not surprisingly has declared this infrastructure package far too little. She says the package “needs to be way bigger,” insisting that the House should beef it up before sending it to the other chamber. AOC suggests the bill should be… get this… $10 trillion! Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg did not dismiss or refuse such a number, saying only that AOC’s demands were part of the “natural part” of the spending debate. In what world is a $10 trillion demand a natural part of any negotiation?

Buttigieg, supporting earlier statements from the president, claims that this “historic” investment in America will create 19 million new jobs. The problem is, the independent analysis by Moody’s from which President Biden and his cronies get the 19 million job creation number, projects that the nation will create 16.3 million jobs without the plan. This means that the “historic” legislation would only create 2.7 million new jobs over 10 years on its own... a little underwhelming for such a “once in a generation” opportunity. Let’s face it, 19 million does sound much better than 2.7 million. The truth is but a detail that doesn’t stop Biden, Buttigieg, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, or any other leftist from misleading the American people. Will these jobs be replacing the millions of jobs that will be lost by the administration’s anti-fossil fuel energy agenda, anti-business tax hikes, and innovation-killing regulations? Will the massive investment generate a great enough return? It actually seems like solar, wind, and electric car companies are getting the gifts while average Americans are getting the shaft.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggests that the infrastructure package “contains sweeping far-left priorities,” much like the earlier Covid relief legislation. Just as a railway from Silicon Valley to Nancy Pelosi’s district was part of Covid relief spending, the Democrats have now redefined infrastructure to include healthcare, childcare, and environmental justice, among other items. This has become the modus operandi of the liberal socialist Biden-Harris administration (or is it Harris-Biden?). The plan is simple – pull the wool over the eyes of the American people, promote the legislation as popular and necessary spending (Covid relief, infrastructure, etc.), and ram through along party lines new spending that will foster liberal initiatives and fund socialist priorities that the American people otherwise would not support. The administration wants to end fossil fuel subsidies while providing hundreds of billions for solar and wind energy… if these cleaner energy sources are so terrific, and so popular, why do they need all these subsidies? If the policies of the left are so popular, and the American people support the spending contained in these bills, then why not let each stand on its own, rather than sneaking them into bills promoted as Covid relief and infrastructure?

Knowing that Americans do not support the radical Green New Deal of this administration and the liberal socialist activists driving it, people like NEC Director Brian Deese are finding ways to implement massive parts of the draconian environmental agenda while hiding it from the unknowing public. Mitch McConnell asserts that the legislation would “spend more money just on electric cars than on America’s roads, bridges, ports, airports, and waterways combined.” Even the White House acknowledges that out of the $2.2 trillion dollars in the spending plan, it allocates only "$115 billion to modernize the bridges, highways, roads, and main streets that are in most critical need of repair." But liberals are never impeded by facts and tradition. Deese suggests, "…we really need to update what we mean by infrastructure for the 21st century." In other words, if it doesn’t fit into the broadly accepted definition of infrastructure, change the definition to make it fit. Anything to push forward with the socialist spending agenda. So, when $400 billion for elderly and disabled care doesn’t fit into the infrastructure spending category, they make a new category. Deese calls it “infrastructure of our care economy.”

Democrats, now controlling all levers of power in the federal government, believe that the American people are their pawns, taxed at the government’s will, without mercy, and for purposes of paying for the radical socialist agenda of the new Democrat socialist party. It is critical for the people to understand that nothing is free. Medicare for All, Green New Deal, free childcare, free pre-K, government assistance… they all must be paid for. Where do you think that money will come from? The Democrats enthusiastically hailed the non-Covid, Covid relief package they passed as though it had saved the nation. Every American, including those currently incarcerated for committing violent crimes, and even illegal aliens, received a $1,400 stimulus check from the government. Sounds great, doesn’t it. Free money! Except, when one tabulates the cost of the entire package to the American taxpayer, the bill comes to around $5,700 per person. So, how often would you agree to spend $5,700 to earn a return of $1,400? Looking back, not such a great deal for the taxpayer.

The concept of good government is lost on the professional politicians in Washington D.C. Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, “The government that governs best, governs least.” Today’s democrats find fault with their founder’s support for restricted government, ruling with utter disregard for government’s imposition on the liberties of individual Americans. Ronald Reagan echoed Jefferson’s sentiment, saying, “Man is not free unless government is government expands, liberty contracts.” The “Gipper” often warned of an activist government, concluding, “Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” The government Jefferson and Reagan warned against is the government the liberal socialists currently dominating the Democrat party are now pursuing – big and bureaucratic, taxing and spending, controlling and all-encompassing.

I, too, believe that the only good government is a limited government. The only good tax is one that is being cut. The American people are overtaxed, the government overspends, and future generations are threatened with default, higher taxes, cuts in necessary services, and a world in which the United States is no longer the world leader, but a follower. We must demand the Democrats (and often Republicans) in Congress stop spending like drunken sailors, reduce the tax burden on the American worker, and balance the federal budget. It is time for the government to stop taxing, regulating, and subsidizing, and start promoting pro-growth economic policies that made the United States the greatest nation (and economy) in the history of the world.

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