By Don Frost
In a speech before a joint session of Congress April 28, President Biden said, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Of course he didn’t use those exact words. The terror they strike into the hearts of every American is too well known. Still that was the precise sentiment he strove mightily to get across to the American people in the televised speech.
If there was ever a doubt (and there wasn’t) that Biden was the hand puppet of the Socialist wing of his Democratic Party, he banished it in that speech. Still the party’s Socialists will grouse that he didn’t go far enough, thus reinforcing the fiction that he’s a moderate.
Before we get into that, let’s get his focus group-tested applause lines out of the way first: “America is on the move again”; he’ll be “turning peril into prosperity”; “turning crisis into opportunity”; “turning setback into strength.”
No one in a fawning press bothered to ask him how he intended to accomplish any of these ill-defined woes into such ill-defined goals. If Donald Trump had uttered them, that same press would have – and did – pillory him for a speech lacking specifics. When the media quoted Trump at all the reports were always liberally sprinkled with lines like, “Trump said, without evidence . . .” But the reporting on Biden’s words is treated like they were brought down from the mountaintop by Moses.
Biden’s newest spending spree calls for $1.8 trillion to provide the general welfare. (Add that to other recent spending plans for a total of $8 trillion – and he’s only 100 days into his presidency.) Mind you this cash is not intended to promote the general welfare as mandated by our Constitution. It is unabashedly intended to provide that welfare. As the Associated Press report put it, Biden’s plan “would fundamentally transform roles the government plays in American life.” Karl Marx, the father of Socialism, would love it.
In broad terms Biden said the government would pay for universal preschool; two years of community college; child care; paid family leave (whatever that is); and, get ready for it, a monthly check of at least $250 to parents. Undoubtedly when you get down to the nitty-gritty all this largesse would go to members of The Poor Tribe, certainly not The Rich Tribe or even the Middle Class Tribe. In this way Biden seeks to fulfill the Marx axiom, “From everyone according to his ability, to everyone according to his need.”
Whenever Democrats want to spend money, they call it an “investment.” According to the dictionary to invest in something is “to put money into business, real estate, stocks, bonds, etc. for the purpose of obtaining an income or profit.” So it’s an incredible stretch to say the country would profit by giving someone free preschool, free college, free day care, free family leave, and a monthly check for $250.
Naturally Biden vows most solemnly that you won’t have to pay for this. Instead, he promises that all of this spending would be paid for by The Rich Tribe (those earning $400,000 a year and more) and corporations. Corporations, of course, would quietly pass that cost on to their customers in an age-old phenomenon called inflation. Even The Poor Tribe would be forced to pay that.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell diplomatically hit the nail on the head when he said: “President Biden ran as a moderate, but I’m hard pressed to think of anything at all that he’s done so far that would indicate some degree of moderation.”
Sen. John Kennedy (R., La.) was less diplomatic. He said Biden “could have done this speech in about 30 seconds. He could have walked up and said, ‘I’m President Biden. Thank you for watching. Here’s my message: ‘I want all of you to send every bit of your money and freedom to Washington.’ ”
Now the president is in full campaign mode – at our expense – crisscrossing the country aboard Air Force One to rally support among the people. He knows his highly disciplined congressional Democrats will support his scheme 100%, and he knows most Republicans won’t. So he hopes to bamboozle the American people into supporting it to shame congressional Republicans into getting behind it as well.
As of now he has a tissue-paper thin majority in the House with 218 Democrats and 212 Republicans. The Senate is split 51-50 with vice president Harris always ready to add the decisive tie-breaking vote. He also knows he has less than two years to get all of his massive spending locked into law. That’s when there will be a reckoning in the midterm elections, when the party in power traditionally loses seats in Congress.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again now, and I’ll say it again more and more during Biden’s administration: Norman Thomas was a six-time presidential candidate on the Socialist Party ticket in the ’30s and ’40s. In a 1944 speech attributed to him he said, “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But, under the guise of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program until one day America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”
Snopes can’t confirm that Thomas said it. But the rumor-busting website does trace the observation back to at least in the mid-1950s when someone was paying attention.
People used to joke, “Don’t tell Obama what comes after ‘trillion.’ ” Biden seems determined to make Obama look like Scrooge.