A punchy talking point or savage fundraising letter isn’t the same thing as a workable solution.
Despite razor-thin majorities for Democrats in Congress, President Joe Biden is leveraging our economic and public health crises to usher in a new era of big government.
He’s already signed into law a behemoth $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan (on top of several huge plans passed in 2020) and introduced a similarly sized “infrastructure” proposal. He has a second infrastructure plan in the works, and his 2022 budget proposal includes a 16% increase in domestic spending.
Those concerned about a bloated, voracious Uncle Sam, especially those of us on the political right, should look at this with frustration. But also regret. Despite entering office with larger congressional majorities and presiding over a pre-COVID economy with respectable growth and low unemployment, President Donald Trump and Republicans were able to accomplish vanishingly little legislatively. Instead of a bold, coordinated agenda of decentralizing power, catalyzing civil-society activity and addressing national challenges related to immigration, trade and education, we ended up with an aborted effort to replace Obamacare and a waiting-for-Godot infrastructure week.
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