The colossal bill Democrats in Washington, DC, are assembling this week is a slap in the face to Americans who work, pay taxes and support their families. It demeans the work ethic and glorifies government handouts, sending the message that work and self-sufficiency are for suckers: better to climb on Uncle Sam’s gravy train, which will now provide cradle-to-grave benefits.
It extends “Biden bucks” — monthly payments to almost all parents, based on how many children they have, regardless of if the parents work. Democrats are also promising virtually free child care until kids turn 5, free community college, and, for seniors, new Medicare and elder-care benefits.
It also includes 12 weeks a year paid leave for anyone who claims a family member — even a distant relative like a spouse’s grandmother — needs care.
These freebies are rolled into one massive bill, expected to run about 10,000 pages, to be swiftly passed before anyone reads it.
With only a slim majority, Democrats have no mandate to turn America into a European-style welfare state, but they’re determined to ram it through anyway.
With the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections uncertain, “many of us feel that this is the biggest opportunity we will have,” explains Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.). It’s vote-buying on a grand scale.
This bill pours money down a rathole. It allocates a whopping $45 billion to make community college free. Students won’t have to spend a single dollar on tuition or fees — or pursue studies that prepare them for work.
Only about one in five students now finish community college within two years. A big reason is the lack of academic skills when they enter. Nothing in this program will change that.
The bill spends half a trillion dollars on the mother of all family-leave plans. Uncle Sam will send out checks based solely on an employee’s word that a family member needs care: No doctor’s note or medical records are required, and even the self-employed are eligible. It’s an invitation to vast fraud.
And a nightmare for small businesses, which have to hire a replacement and yet still keep the job open for the employee on leave.
Dems tout the overall bill as helping lift the poor. Speaker Nancy Pelosi brags that monthly payments to parents will “cut child poverty in half.” Nonsense. Government entitlements don’t cut poverty or improve mobility for poor children; a working parent does: That was the idea behind the landmark 1996 welfare reforms.
Yet this bill lacks incentives to work. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is urging a work requirement for parents to get monthly payments, but the left (which never accepted the 1996 reforms) considers that a cruel heresy.
Most Americans don’t want to swap the idea of success through hard work for government paternalism. But that’s what the bill does.
Our country already has a generous social safety net, including federal programs to subsidize housing, food, child care, college, medical care, and even cell phones for the poor. This bill would move us to a welfare state, increasing social spending by as much as a third — even more if the Democrats manage to legalize 8 million illegal immigrants and make them eligible for the benefits, as they’re trying to do.
Europe shows the dismal results of a declining work ethic and ever-expanding government entitlements. Europeans produce less — GDP per capita is lower there — because they work fewer hours. They have to settle for smaller homes, fewer household appliances and conveniences, and a lower material standard of living. Everything they manage to buy is laden with hidden taxes to support their “caring” governments, taxes that fall especially hard on the working class.
That is the choice Americans face: Adopt European-style entitlements and the suffocating taxes to pay for them, as socialist Bernie Sanders wants, or work hard and have more spending money to buy what you and your family want.
Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York.
THE JESUITS AND THE BIDENS
Let’s start here with the invocation from the dog and pony show on the 20th…
[…Jesuit Fr. Leo O’Donovan, former president of Georgetown University, will deliver the invocation at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.
O’Donovan confirmed to NCR that Biden had personally called him and invited him to offer the prayer at the inauguration, which will mark the election of the nation’s second Catholic president, and that he had accepted.
O’Donovan is a longtime friend of the Biden family. In 2015, he presided at the funeral Mass for Biden’s oldest son, Beau, after he died of brain cancer at the age of 46.
Biden is known to be close with a number of Jesuit priests, and while he was vice president, he occasionally attended Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown. In 1992, when Biden’s son Hunter was a senior at Georgetown, O’Donovan invited the then-senator from Delaware to give a lecture at the Jesuit university on his faith and public life. Biden told O’Donovan at the time it was the “toughest assignment he’s ever had.”
More recently, just days after his presidential election, on Nov. 12, Biden appeared at a virtual fundraiser for Jesuit Refugee Service, where O’Donovan now serves as director of mission. On that occasion, Biden announced that he would raise the annual admission target of new refugees into the United States to 125,000, marking a sharp increase to the Trump administration’s cap of 15,000 individuals….] https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/jesuit-fr-leo-odonovan-deliver-invocation-biden-inauguration
Biden on Pope Frannie
[…’We have a good one now’…“I’m a practicing Catholic. I always joke — they say, ‘Why am I a practicing Catholic?’ I say, ‘Because of the nuns and Jesuits,’ ” Biden said. Then he added, referring to the church’s first Jesuit pope: “We have a good one now.”…]https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/06/16/biden-on-pope-francis-we-have-a-good-one-now/
Then we have this little item here.
[…President-elect Joe Biden, only the second Catholic to be elected president announced for the first time since being elected that his administration would raise the presidential determination for refugees, the target number for admissions of refugees to be resettled in the United States, to 125,000 during an event for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
“JRS believes that in the stranger we actually meet our neighbor and that every society is ultimately judged by how we treat those most in need,” said President-elect Joe Biden during an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service. “The Biden-Harris administration will restore our historic role in protecting the vulnerable and protecting the rights of refugees everywhere and raising our annual refugee admission target to 125,000.”…][that emphasis was done by the linked site, not by me [DC],the administrator of this blog DC] https://www.jrsusa.org/news/jesuit-refugee-service-welcomes-announcement-from-president-elect-joe-biden-on-increase-of-refugee-admissions-to-125000/
Work is a construct of the white male capitalist pig patriarchy.
We’ll all be sitting in clover down on Uncle Joe’s farm…at least until the Zimbabwe/Weimar wipeout hits then it won’t be so hunky dory.
Weakening everything so that the CCP can have a cakewalk when they hostile takeover.
Actually a lot of Liberals think hard working Conservatives are suckers. Without Government at least half the Liberals in America would starve; because no one cares about them. Everything with a Liberal is about money, even their friends and family. Satan is building a new fire pit in hell just for America’s Liberals.