American Elephants

Joe Biden Doesn’t Want Us to Have Nice Things! by The Elephant's Child
July 22, 2021, 9:56 pm
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I would like to think that Republicans largely seek legislation that will make things work better for everybody, but of course it doesn’t always work out like that. Democrats, on the other hand, seek legislation that will buy votes. That’s why fixing “infrastructure” is always a popular goal, as well as new entitlements and free junior college, that sort of thing. The trouble with a lot of new entitlements is that entitlements simply mean taking taxpayer money to give free benefits to some people. Taking another $5,000 from the rich may not be a big deal, but taking another $500 from those who can’t afford it may make a traumatic difference in their lives.

A Wall Street Journal article points out Joe Biden’s plan for an Entitlement Society. “For the first time in history,” they say. ‘more than half of all Americans would be on the Federal dole.

For the first time in U.S. history—except possibly for the pandemic years 2020 and 2021, for which we don’t yet have data—more than half of working-age households would be on the entitlement rolls if the plan were enacted in its current form. Contrary to Mr. Biden’s assertion that his plan “doesn’t add a single penny to our deficits,” his plan would add more than $1 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.

“National Debt” doesn’t sound like a very big deal, until you recognize that you and your friends and neighbors are the ones who will have to pay it off.

“At the same time, today’s news carries the story that “Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump 51,000 to 419,000.” So you will be paying unemployment benefits to 419,000 people. At the same time, people who were enjoying working from home in their pajamas, are finding out that working from home may be entirely over. And some are quitting because of it. People liked working from home? Who knew?

In the midst of a crime wave, Biden wants to ban handguns. Presumably based on the idea that anyone who has a handgun is a bad person. He also stated at the same Townhall that “crime is down” which is just a remarkable silly statement.

After a hard summer day at work, most people want to clean up after trying to keep up with the Biden inflation. A quick shower under a healthy stream of water is another luxury that the White House wants to take away from Americans.His Department of Energy has proposed to set a limit on how much water can flow through a shower head to 2.5 gallons per minute. The Trump rule could have allowed shower heads to put out “10 to 15 gallons per minute”. but the Biden administration says we just cannot have that. We are short on water? One would think that if consumers wanted to save money that would be their choice. Policing the showers of private citizens is not exactly a legitimate function of government.

But the principle of limited government doesn’t sit well with Democrats. Which is why the Biden White House has said it will review several of the previous administration’s other energy rules, including policies governing light bulbs, toilets, and dishwashers.

Meddling lawmakers and bureaucrats pat themselves and each other on their backs when they legislate and regulate on behalf of conservation and the environment. They like to think of themselves as moral and intellectual superiors pursuing noble objectives.

Issues & Insights (good website) says: ” Democrats believe there’s nothing in our lives too personal for them to supervise, too sacred for them to intervene in. Trump might have said some coarse things at rallies, and many of his tweets were unacceptable among our elitists, but at least he wasn’t determined to micromanage Americans’ lives.”

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