(RightWing.org) – The Biden administration’s left-leaning agenda just became slightly more obvious to anyone with common sense. Working with Democrats in Congress, the president and his team managed to agree upon one of the most contentious and hotly debated infrastructure budgets in recent years. You won’t believe just how far this “socialist deal” really goes, or how they intend to get it passed.
About the Human Infrastructure Agenda
President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure agenda” claims to be a boon for middle-class Americans. At first glance, that might seem like a good thing. But, as with most Democratic moves, a closer look reveals a far murkier picture. So, let’s talk about the truth. What does the deal really cover?
The plan ultimately touches on every single element of a socialist agenda in some way. Yet, classically, it gives little to no thought about who will foot the bill.
First, it significantly expands Medicare, adding coverage options for dental, vision, and hearing services. Then, it sets aside funds for the creation of a new “health research agency.” It isn’t yet clear exactly what role such an organization might play.
Funds were also allocated to the war against drugs — specifically, opioid addiction and/or the factors which contribute to it. This is perhaps the one area of the plan for which there is bipartisan support. In fact, former President Donald Trump and his wife both contributed to the same fight back in 2018.
But, while some may agree with these initiatives, there are concerns about many other inclusions. The current commander-in-chief’s contentious deal also sets aside cash for a long list of other questionable initiatives.
- Free college
- Universal pre-K
- Climate change
- Paid family leave
- Environmental initiatives
- Nutrition assistance
- Huge tax credits for parents
- Caregiving and respite services
- Government-subsidized child care
- A national paid family leave scheme
Some of these entries, such as tax credits, are essentially extensions of COVID-era initiatives and spending programs. These were originally designed to provide temporary relief, not to fund free services long-term.
Focusing on Climate Change
The focus on climate change and environmental initiatives is especially heavy and concerning. While there’s really nothing wrong with caring about the environment, funding is earmarked for the creation of a new Civilian Climate Corps.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) first introduced the idea, which would directly fund conservation jobs for youths, back in April 2021.
The Biden administration also wants to reduce carbon emissions by 50% before 2030, force the entire country to make 80% of its energy use “clean,” and give preferential tax credits to clean energy initiatives.
Exhausted yet? So are many Republicans. While the idea of helping everyday Americans might be sound, where is all this money coming from?
Who Is Footing the Bill?
Biden’s infrastructure agenda has been a sore spot with many Conservatives since the moment of its inception — and with good reason. It goes to significant lengths to spend an absolutely shocking amount of money.
So, who, exactly, will pay this exorbitant bill? First, “wealthy” Americans will take a direct hit. Biden wants to increase taxes on higher-income households, forcing them to pay an average of $213,000 on their earned income each year.
Corporations will also be asked to contribute to the “community pot.” President Joe Biden wants to increase their tax rate by nearly 8% per year. At a time when companies continue to struggle and job creation has never been more important, this seems a bit like one step forward and two steps back.
More Concerns on the Horizon
The sheer scope and volume of Biden’s agenda isn’t the only concern. Reports show that Democrats don’t plan to even try to work with Republicans on this budget deal. Instead, they’ll seek to get it approved and signed through reconciliation.
This procedural shortcut, which stems from legislation originally introduced within the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, allows the advancement of certain budget elements with less potential for interference. It also renders filibusters impossible and makes amendments limited and incredibly challenging to access.
What’s important is the fact that this process was never designed to further one party’s plans. That’s exactly why some feel Democrats are engaging in abuse by using it to further their socialist agenda. They know it’s infuriating. But, by going through reconciliation, they can effectively ignore Republicans altogether.
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