With the certainty of the sun rising in the morning, money continues to flow from American pockets into the void of federal projects. With an enduring bipartisan commitment to fiscal irresponsibility, Congress recently approved a new influx of spending in the face of the ever-present deficit crisis and more recent concerns over hyperinflation. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) was passed by the House of Representatives following weeks of Democratic infighting and the last-minute Republican acquiescence necessary to push the bill over the finish line.
To understand the implications of Biden’s infrastructure plan beyond physical roads and bridges, the high-speed railway of radicalism that the Democratic Party has been barreling down since President Obama’s 2012 campaign must be examined.
President Biden is to his party what a withered leaf is to a hurricane. And as the gusts from the most vocal minority in the Democratic party continue to blow to the left, the White House agenda does as well.
The White House, in fact, recently released a video, dubbed “Life of Linda,” meant to emulate the ideal life for many Americans, in which a working-class family finds itself in a lifelong cycle of public dependency with no opportunity to expand beyond their limited means. It is no coincidence that the passage of the infrastructure plan has coincided with the push of another bill of nearly thrice the magnitude and the constitutionally dubious federal vaccine mandate.
It’s in the bickering over details of specific provisions within the proposed legislation where something incredibly valuable and relevant is lost: the understanding that this legislation seeks to fundamentally restructure American life. It would ensure the placement of the federal government’s hand in every classroom, pocket, and home. As long as leading figures in the Democratic party allow legislation to be molded by the radicals among them, and as long as some congressional Republicans continue to endorse their actions when it matters most, proponents of fiscal responsibility have great reason for concern.
Despite assertions from partisan liberals, concern from conservatives over the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework is not rooted in a deep loathing of basic public services or infrastructure itself. In reality, political observers and politicians alike see the framework as a spiritual predecessor of sorts to Biden’s magnum opus, the so-called Build Back Better plan. A misunderstanding of the radicalism in this legislation plagues both Republicans who have ostensibly become accustomed to mind-boggling spending figures to the point of submission and acceptance, and establishment Democrats who have mostly lost a grasp on their once reasonable nature.
Understanding the proposed economic plans and structural shifts of the contemporary administration requires a look at those of the past. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Great Society are dwarfed in size by Biden’s exorbitant “Build Back Better.” Adjusted for inflation, Roosevelt’s historic New Deal presented about 640 billion dollars of spending and set the country on a Keynesian path for the foreseeable future. The cost of Johnson’s programs is much harder to measure, but the original amendment to the Social Security Act (Medicare) was scheduled to cost just under 100 billion dollars annually. The U.S. now spends nearly 800 billion dollars on Medicare annually, and Democratic caucuses are planning to significantly expand it from there. What, then, is the takeaway for those who value the vital founding ideal of limited government when the present administration pursues an agenda that makes the nation’s most radical historical shifts appear modest in nature?
Presidents Roosevelt and Johnson managed their political victories with relative ease, granted the blessing of overwhelming margins in the House and the Senate in their eras. With the current Senate split evenly along partisan lines and House Democrats holding a tiny majority, the party is in desperate need of a unity that it does not have. Democrats find themselves defined by their fanatical “squad,” their increasingly illiberal establishment, and, of course, a select few moderates. With such little room for deviation from partisan lockstep, their opposition could, theoretically, obstruct their agenda with relative ease.
In such a moment, Republican unity is critical. That responsibility falls upon every conservative American, political figure, and common man alike who feels obligated to preserve and pass on the traditions of freedom and prosperity which they have inherited. Thomas Jefferson’s ever-relevant words ring true, and the vigilance of those who value American liberty is a great impediment to impending authoritarianism.
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