President Joe Biden’s candidacy was built on the idea that he was an old, experienced, centrist in Washington, someone who could bring two sides together. So far, with his penchant for issuing “executive orders” to fundamentally change America, he’s governing precisely as a socialist dictator would. Is that what Americans voted for?
Never mind talk of Biden’s clear symptoms of age-related dementia as he stumbles, fumbles and mumbles his way through his presidential duties. Even at 78, Biden is still our nation’s chief executive and commander in chief. He has power, and he plans to use it.
He’s already issued more than 50 executive orders, including 22 reversals of previous Trump policies. Even his aides have gotten in on the imperious act: Last weekend one of Biden’s public relations people physically interfered with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s efforts to film the conditions of migrants at the U.S. border. Is this the Soviet Union?
“We are considering a range of levers, including working through legislation, including executive action … he as vice president was leading the effort on determining executive actions that could be taken on gun safety measures, it’s something that he has worked on, he’s passionate about, he feels personally connected to. But there’s an ongoing process and I think we feel we have to work on multiple channels at the same time.”
But it won’t just be gun control. No, he has plans for lots of “executive actions” to bring about a major reshaping of American civic, political and cultural life, whether Americans like it or not.
The website Axios puts it this way in a headline: “Biden’s New Deal: Re-engineering America, quickly.”
The idea is to move so fast the Republican opposition and the American people won’t know what hit them. With a 50-50 split in the Senate and a majority in the House, Biden and his advisers think he might be able to move his agenda through Congress with only mild resistance.
But it’s in the “executive actions” where things get touchy. Biden’s already banned fracking on public lands and halted construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, as our oil imports from (of all places) Russia surge. After promising not to, he now backs getting rid of the filibuster, a move that would turn the Senate over to one-party rule by the Democrats.
His future plans would be no better, marking a revolution in America’s economy, by imposing sweeping new regulations, rules and possibly taxes as part of his massive $3 trillion “Build Back Better” infrastructure and green energy program.
“Biden huddled privately late Monday with Senate Democrats as Congress has already begun laying the groundwork with legislation for developing roads, hospitals and green energy systems as part of Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ campaign promise,” AP reported this week. It also includes education and paid family leave. A real grab bag.
The goal: Move fast, issue lots of executive orders, and hit any GOP Congress member who dares to oppose his agenda as weak and standing in the way of an economic recovery that, in fact, had already been well under way since the middle of last year.
What’s the hurry?
Of note is the fact that Biden recently conferred in the White House with a group of left-leaning historians, apparently in an attempt to find out just how far he can stretch his arbitrary presidential power.
Axios reports that, not surprisingly, “The historians’ views were very much in sync with his own: It is time to go even bigger and faster than anyone expected. If that means chucking the filibuster and bipartisanship, so be it.”
In addition, “Presidential historian Michael Beschloss told Axios FDR and LBJ may turn out to be the past century’s closest analogues for the Biden era, ‘in terms of transforming the country in important ways in a short time.’ “
Oh oh. That means a Biden FDR-style “New Deal” coupled with an LBJ-style “Great Society.”
Two points need to be made here.
For one, FDR created a vast new federal bureaucracy to run all our lives, tried to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with supporters, and appealed to racism in interning Asian-Americans during World War II as a “threat.”
(By the way, FDR’s attempts to use government to “stimulate” the economy failed: A widely cited UCLA study found that FDR’s misguided Keynesian policies delayed the economy’s return to normal by seven years.)
As for LBJ, he got the U.S. more deeply enmeshed in the Vietnam War, and it took a Republican president to finally pull out. LBJ also created the “Great Society” program as part of his “War on Poverty.” Yet today, some $30 trillion later, the official poverty rate is about what it was when the “war” began.
Anyone who is even somewhat familiar with Biden’s lengthy career in the Senate knows he has a huge ego, regularly challenging voters to pushup contests, inappropriately touching women in public, and telling others who challenge his views that he has a higher IQ than they do. He even sponsors something called the “Biden Courage Awards.”
Right now, his mental acuity fading fast, Biden clearly wants a policy blitz to seal his legacy as a president who got a lot done in a short time, even if it means creating sharp racial and political divisions in the country, and declaring war on America’s republic, which has lasted for more than 200 years. That will be his real legacy.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board