In less than six months in office, President Biden has become the most fiscally irresponsible president in our nation’s history. After our government dished out over $6 trillion (1 1/2 times the annual budget) for largely misguided Covid-19 relief, Biden has frantically pushed for another $4.5 trillion in what he terms his “Build Back Better” plan. This would be $10.5 trillion added to the normal budget cycle. Most of the future deficit spending would be in support of climate change initiatives and socialist entitlement programs. Here is an abbreviated look at this insane spending.
Biden’s vision of grandeur sees himself as the new Franklin D. Roosevelt with a type of “New Deal” plan. Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan is three-fold: American Rescue Plan, American Jobs Plan, and American Families Plan. The American Rescue Plan was funded by Congress last March in the amount of $1.9 trillion making the total price tag for Covid relief a whopping $6 trillion. That included three stimulus checks paying individuals a total of $3,200. Much of the rest of the relief money went to pork projects which had nothing to do with Covid. The remaining Jobs Plan and Families Plan would have a combined cost of $4.5 trillion.
The American Jobs Plan, often called the infrastructure plan, was designed to fund much more than what is typically understood as infrastructure like roads, bridges, airports, etc. It redefined infrastructure to include clean energy, electric cars, workplace programs, and other climate change and social initiatives. After weeks of partisan haggling, the Republicans prevailed in cutting the proposed $2.6 trillion projects to those improving real infrastructure at a cost of $1.2 trillion, most of which was transfer of money already approved for other programs. This bipartisan agreement was accepted reluctantly by the president. However, in announcing the agreement, Biden proclaimed that the American Families Plan had to be a part of it. Biden’s staff quickly convinced him to walk back that statement. Then, Speaker Pelosi jumped on the bandwagon saying the House would insist on a families bill concurrent with the jobs bill in an overall reconciliation bill which I’ll explain later. And the battle goes on.
The American Rescue Plan is water under the bridge–massive debt already incurred. The American Jobs Plan will probably get passed as a needed infrastructure project at a relatively reasonable cost, even though we can’t afford it. But the thing that should keep every American awake at night is the remaining American Families Plan. It is purely and simply a socialism movement toward the most widespread entitlement give-away our nation has ever imagined. At an official cost of another $1.8 trillion (some analysts predict over $2.5 trillion) this plan would have 57% of two-parent families and 80% of single-parent families receiving government benefits and assistance. The plan includes free community college, increased college Pell grants, three months of government paid leave for everyone with a new baby or family illness, free child care, free pre-K school, all parents with minor children would get an annual cash payment of $3,000 to $3,600 per child depending on age, subsidized health insurance for almost everyone, plus substantial increases in the food stamp program and low income housing.
President Biden’s talking-points answer to how we could take on such a monumental national debt is to squeeze more taxes out of corporations and the wealthy. That strategy has been denounced by almost every budget analyst in the country. If every corporation and rich person in America were taxed into poverty, it would not begin to pay for such financial commitment as our nation would be incurring. In reality, the middle class would pay much higher taxes under the Biden plan. And our national debt, presently $28 trillion, will continue to skyrocket. Interest alone on that debt is currently $1.3 billion a DAY, and interest rates are rising rapidly.
The only defense conservative Senators have in curbing this squander is the filibuster which requires 60 votes to pass most bills. However, the Senate liberals have a trick play for that. There is a parliamentary procedure where a non-budget-cycle bill can be contained in a separate annual budget bill called “reconciliation” which is filibuster proof and decided by a majority vote. Normally, the components of the Build Back Better plan would be subject to Senate filibuster. But, if they are rolled into the 2022 budget reconciliation bill, a simple majority would send the whole thing to the president for signing. The Democrats are so desperate to pass the American Families Bill, they will likely try to use the reconciliation weapon. If the Democrats’ reconciliation ploy works, they would probably tack on billions, if not trillions, worth of additional social programs to the bill. The only hope then is for at least one Democrat in the 50-50 Senate to vote against the bill.
A clear objective of the Build Back Better Plan is to push more Americans into big government dependency. As more people become dependent on the government’s Democratic sponsored programs, more people will vote Democrat. As Democrats become more and more of a majority, they will enact more government programs. It would be a death spiral into socialism, the ultimate goal of many Democrats in Washington.
The 19th century French diplomat, Alexis de Tocqueville said, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” You were very wise, Mr. Tocqueville.
If you are still struggling to really believe America is diving headlong into socialism, the House move this week should finally convince you. Speaker Pelosi is launching a new Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth. This is the latest step toward a leftist socialist culture after fomenting racism, revising history, promoting gender dysphoria, enacting moral depravity, and eroding confidence in elections–all straight from the official Marxist theories. Let’s look at what this Select Committee means to you.
The name of the Committee assumes there is a wealth gap that needs to be fixed. Yes, there is a wealth gap in America, and it is part and parcel to the basic concept of capitalism. The essence of capitalism is that wealth is gained by investment risk, hard work, smart work, equity management, job creation, and income growth for others. Desire for wealth creates incentive to start and succeed in businesses and to become more competitive for employment in the scarcer positions of the job market. This incentive drives the free market capitalism economy, and America has the most robust economy in the world, because we have the most successful free market capitalism in the world.
Business owners and executives supported by highly compensated educated and skilled managers provide jobs for the nation’s blue-collar middle class. These millions in the labor force, there by choice or capacity, are compensated better than the average labor force of any other nation. A gap, sometimes a wide gap, in earnings will naturally exist in a free market capitalist society. But almost everyone in America has a better quality of life than those in other countries.
Socialism, on the other hand, is the antithesis of capitalism. The government controls the economy resulting in a disincentive to invest, work hard and efficient, grow the economy, and provide jobs. Business owners and executives are prevented from growing personal wealth by forced distribution of that wealth to others with less wealth. Thus, there is no incentive for entrepreneurs and the highly educated and skilled to succeed and no incentive for laborers to progress in their careers. Be assured the new House Committee will be studying ways to transition our economy away from capitalism and toward socialism.
America is already moving to socialism by trying to overhaul the tax system to redistribute wealth from the business owners, executives, and investors who fuel the economy to the millions in the labor force who depend on the economy for jobs. The wealthiest 25% currently pay almost 90% of all taxes. This is simply America biting the hand that feeds it. The House Committee will be looking for ways to ensure that wealth is evenly distributed among the entire population. That is the definition of socialism and would be the end of America’s economy that benefits everyone.
Those Americans who seek greater wealth should stop advocating socialism which has failed every time it has been tried and start focusing on the job market. They should pursue the best paying job for which they qualify, increase their qualifications through education and hard work, and support free market capitalism which will ensure maximum opportunity for financial advancement.
Are there limited extremes that unfairly hinder the competition for wealth? Absolutely. There are some legitimate wealth inequities. And those rare extremes should be examined by this new House Committee on a case-by-case basis. However, instead, we can expect the Committee to make an assault on institutional wealth building and recommend more government tax-payer funded programs for the poor and middle class. In other words, they will advance socialism.
The government is never the best solution to legitimate wealth inequity. Benevolent hearts of the nation’s citizens who choose to relieve financial burdens of others is the real answer–and the biblical answer. Failing to meet the needs of the less fortunate on a one-to-one or organizational contribution basis will invite the socialism craved by the leftists.
Today’s fatal trajectory of America as a viable nation can only be reversed by a radical change of heart in its voters. Those who vote according to a candidate’s personality, popularity, or party can be voting for the person who will continue to drag our country down in depravity and ungodliness. The Bible speaks much about light and dark societies. This generation’s America is stepping into the twilight of darkness. Only a spiritual revival that produces biblical values as the priority of voters will save our nation for the next generation. Let us consider the current state of the Union from which we must recover.
I believe the majority of present national leadership is on the wrong side in its economic policies. Higher taxes, runaway spending, increased government restrictions on businesses, and interference in the free market have never grown the economy or ultimately benefited the consumer. The American economy will suffer greatly under current policies.
I believe Washington is on the wrong side in its foreign policies. Diplomatic excesses in attempts to play nice with our enemies while pulling away from our most loyal allies, like Israel, will result in a weakened and vulnerable America on the world scene. Social experimentation in our military and infiltrating it with the “woke” culture are hamstringing its objective to fight and win. And there is the immigration policy. The illegal migrant problem was essentially solved but is back in crisis with catastrophic child trafficking.
I believe the House, Senate, and White House are on the wrong side in their domestic policies. Devastating environmental restrictions are selling out our hard-earned prosperity for a pipe dream of a futuristic utopia. They are blatantly determined to move our country from capitalism to socialism which has never, ever improved the quality of life of any society—quite the contrary. Racism is now being fomented to stir up disunity in a diabolical twist of truth and reality.
But….all of these harmful policies pale in the overall realization of what is the worst threat to our great nation. The Washington majority is leading America’s rush to doom through its systematic rejection of our time-honored moral principles and biblical values. They are hell-bent on pursuing an immoral culture that is attacking Christian and family values at every front. This is what can destroy America.
Most Americans didn’t vote biblical values last year. Most Americans voted for politicians who support abortion, even late term abortion, on demand. Most Americans voted to send our tax money to other countries to promote abortion. Most Americans elected leaders who celebrate the unbiblical acceptance of multiple and interchangeable genders as well as all homosexual activity. Most Americans chose candidates who enacted gay marriage. Most Americans gave a pass to those who no longer honor the nuclear family. Most Americans were okay with leadership that ordered the military to accept transgender combatants and pay for their surgeries and treatments with our taxes. Most American put in office those who support laws that encourage biological young men to compete in sports with biological young women. Most Americans voted for leadership that legalized any gender to assume the opposite gender role on a whim and reside, use bathroom facilities, and shower with the opposite gender.
The majority in Washington approves, even encourages, deviate behavior unthinkable just a generation ago. This has given the green light for individuals and organizations to prey on our children in public venues. In recognition of “Gay Pride Month,” the very popular kids’ cartoon program Blues Clues has produced a “pride” video aimed at preschoolers. This video is being shown on the public TV Nickelodeon network and has a drag queen singing the praises of multiple kinds of queer “families.” The song includes explicit references to homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, and transgender families who “love each other so proudly.” Government influence supported by most Americans is exploiting vulnerable four- and five-year-old children.
A recent Democratic Presidential Convention had to vote three times before narrowly agreeing to include even the word “God” in their platform. The House Judicial Committee Chairman more recently proclaimed, “What any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.” In the 2020 Democratic Convention, two separate caucuses recited the Pledge of Allegiance purposely omitting the words, “under God.” At the opening session of the current House of Representatives, the public prayer by a majority congressman appealed to all gods of every religion and ended, “amen and awoman.” These are just a few examples that demonstrate the true anti-Christian convictions of the present congressional majority. No wonder the writings of our founding fathers and the Constitution itself, with prolific references to God, get minimal respect from this Congress.
Cities and states across America where many people live in squalor, where rioting and looting are pervasive, where law and order are scoffed at, and where law enforcement is being defunded are all led by socialist-leaning politicians voted into office by the majority of their citizens.
This is a very brief compilation of why I believe we are losing our country as we know it to an out-of-control institutional enemy from within. Further points could fill a book. It is unlikely that we will ever be conquered by foreign enemies. But sadly we are being conquered by a government elected by the majority of Americans. Abraham Lincoln said, “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” Today, we have over half of our population attempting to eliminate the long-standing core values of America—death by suicide.
The dark culture described in Romans 1:21-32 is now the American culture of the preceding paragraphs. And how did we get so far away from God’s intended blessing for this great nation? Its citizens turned from God and began voting for ungodly leaders. They started looking for the leaders who would provide the most pleasurable living, the most government subsidies, and the smoothest rhetoric with little consideration of the candidate’s moral principles and values. Proven values of the Constitution, traditional family, freedom of the individual, and the faith and vision of our founding fathers have become of little consideration. If America is to be preserved as the greatest nation in the history of the world, it will only be through God’s mercy and grace along with value voters who vote for godly candidates with strong moral convictions and biblical principles.
Value voters must rise up and defend their country at the polls regardless of party affiliation. There can be no excuse for not voting. Please watch multiple sources of the news with an open mind. Observe all that is going on around you. Focus on the immoralities of our culture. Try to wrap your head around all the government’s deficit spending. Pay attention to the expansion of government. Study your party’s platform. Discern carefully what your children and grandchildren are being taught. Be sensitive to how you are being manipulated. Most importantly, pray for personal wisdom. I believe you will agree that our beloved country is being blindly marched off a cliff.
America can’t survive many more years of the present House, Senate, and White House. At the present rate of atrophy, our nation will be lost in just a few years. It is more critical now than at any other time in our history to become a values voter. Please, for the sake of America and all Americans, meditate on this.