So much for Biden ‘return to normal’
Some saw him as a cooler head after Trump’s spirited radicalism. In politics, however, he did nothing but ignite.
United States President Joe Biden comments on the more than 500,000 fatalities COVID-19 lost on February 22, 2021 at the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool / Getty Images)
Joe Biden the Moderate – there were some who actually believed that. Bernie Sanders might have wanted to nationalize ice cream trucks, Tulsi Gabbard might have tried to blow up the world by removing a few troops from the Middle East, but Biden should be a cooler cat. The former Delaware senator would bring our politics to a boil after four years of Donald Trump’s rolling boil. There was even debate as to whether he was the candidate for “return to normal”, which Warren Harding repeated a century earlier to an electorate exhausted by Woodrow Wilson.
There was always reason to doubt Biden’s alleged moderation. For one thing, the nation is currently facing many immoderate problems that are tempting to respond with immoderate solutions. Second, Biden has shown that cats can change his position so that his constituents and activists can successfully put pressure on him from the left.
The fact is, however, that any return to normal seems like a dead letter. Instead, Biden’s first 100 days could be the most radical and ambitious of all presidents since at least Ronald Reagan.
James Madison said, “Crisis is the tyrant’s rallying call”; We could also add that this is the fuel for the upstart administration. Reagan used stagflation and high unemployment to aggressively push for a smaller government, while Biden is using the coronavirus to do the opposite. There is a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package on deck, about twice as much (adjusted for inflation) as Barack Obama during the Great Recession in 2009. It contains another round of checks for Americans, but much of his spending has nothing to do with COVID and more than a third of that wouldn’t be spent until 2022 or later, after the pandemic is likely to have subsided. Of course, it’s full of left-wing tidbits: grants for “environmental justice”, payments to closed schools at the behest of teachers’ unions, more money for family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood.
By far the boldest provision would have raised the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. That was ultimately cut out by the Senate, but it still passed the house, even though it was absurdly cruel. Imagine you’re a small business owner or a local restaurant owner: you’re already cutting costs and having vacation staff, wondering if you’ll make it through the year. And then the government strikes and tells you to pay your employees more. Increasing the minimum wage significantly during a recession is not good governance. It is an ideological review of the wish list, deaf to circumstances and the harm that could be caused.
The same applies to the Equal Opportunities Act, the social engineering legislation that was just making its way through the house. The law would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It would expand the rating agency to cover not only employment and housing, but also “public housing” and government services. And it clearly contains no exception for religious freedom. Taken together, this would put an end to the dilemma of whether the Christian baker has to bake a cake for a gay wedding; Under the Equal Opportunities Act, he would have no choice. The bill would result in the constitutional rights of one minority being destroyed in favor of those claimed by another minority.
Then there is H.R. 1, the so-called For the People Act. It is a usurpation by the federal government of the electoral laws that were previously left to the states. It would implement a workaround for the electoral identification regulations in 36 states that require some form of identification to be presented in elections. It would also require voters to be registered on the same day, so there would be no time for authorities to verify the accuracy of the information provided by registrants. These two provisions alone would make enforcement against electoral fraud much more difficult.
All of these calculations would create disruptions and divisions and further inflame the culture war. And to be fair, not everyone has made it through the Senate, which the Democrats only control with Kamala Harris as a tiebreaker. It’s possible, therefore, that for all his maneuvers, Biden could end up like George W. Bush, who only bragged in the Oval Office for his first 100 days to prove disappointingly thin. (Though Biden was very busy on his own. He has so far approved an unprecedented number of executive orders while taking the time to illegally bomb Syria.)
In either case, it may be time for a postmortem for the phrase “return to normal”. It was finally forged in the heat of the 1920 presidential campaign, and almost all campaign slogans are delusional. Warren Harding understood that the public wanted a break from years of war and Spanish flu and extremism, but he didn’t want to cripple his own government: as president, he cut taxes, deregulated the economy, raised agricultural tariffs, and created the office of management and budget. We remember him less because he has resumed an original status quo than because he and later his Veep Calvin Coolidge changed course and the economy got better.
Likewise, Biden would never be satisfied with cutting ribbons and asking for silence. Still, it’s worth noting how much Biden has Not back to normal with how fast the progressives head towards the fromnormal. Five years ago, a $ 15 minimum wage was an imaginative lab experiment in Seattle. Today it is being examined by Congress. Five years ago the Upper skin Decision had just been passed on; Today the Christian baker has to submit or something else. Donald Trump once promised to fight against the left. He now leaves us a question: what if he just radicalized them further and then empowered them?
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