(UnitedVoice.com) – On Thursday, January 15, Joe Biden announced another round of COVID aid. Without much resistance from Republicans due to new Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, it’s more likely big government spending is on the way. Over the last several decades, Americans became accustomed to big government, and it doesn’t appear to be abating anytime soon.
The nearly $2 trillion spending package proposed by Biden is a colossal rebuke of the Trump and Republican COVID-19 agenda.
Some major headliners include billions for health care, direct payments, increased minimum wage, and other far-left programs. Biden’s proposal represents an unashamed progressive agenda that serves to increase the size, scope, and power of government in its people’s lives. As Americans become conditioned to more government intrusion, people interpret the actions as help instead of seeing how boundaries are being crossed that the founding fathers could have never foreseen.
Let’s dive in and look at the highlights…
Direct Payments, Minimum Wage, and More
Biden is proposing a $1,400 direct payment to every adult American to go on top of the $600 Congress authorized a few weeks ago. Already, one Congresswoman is balking. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wants a full $2,000, not $1400.
Besides direct payments, Biden proposes increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. He also wants a boost in unemployment benefits and an extended break on rental evictions and mortgage foreclosures through September.
For those with kids, the proposal seeks to expand the child care tax credit for another year. Also recommended for consideration is $15 billion in federal grants for states to assist with child care expenses for low-income families. An additional $25 billion to fund child care centers threatened with closure is also recommended.
State and Local Government
For the last year, Republicans argued that poorly managed states shouldn’t get a federal bailout that rewards bad fiscal behavior. However, Biden and the Democrats believe differently. Proposed is a $350 billion emergency fund for state, local, and territorial governments. Additionally, $20 billion is requested for public transportation.
Finally, some of the biggest proposals deal with K-12 schools. Biden wants schools to open within 100 days of his inauguration. He wants to help them by throwing $130 billion at them.
Additionally, he wants to give $35 billion to universities, of which some have billions of dollars in endowments. Biden is also offering $5 billion to states to help students hit hardest by the pandemic. However, it’s not clear what that means.
Over the coming month, a bill is likely to be drafted, and debate among Congress members will begin. It will be a test for Democrats as they discover how much leeway their newfound majorities will give them and what kind of resistance Republicans can put up.
Stay tuned. The spending spree is just getting started.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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