Op-Ed: Progressive federalism is the new socialism | national
“The American people will never knowingly embrace socialism. But, under the name of liberalism, they will embrace every fragment of the socialist program and be a socialist nation.” – Norman Thomas
Whenever Democrats want to execute a newly concocted leftist plan, they have only one motive: to expand federalism. Increasing the power of the central government diminishes the independence of individual states by fulfilling the responsibilities assigned to them in the 10th Amendment. Big government was the colonies’ greatest fear. It would undo everything they had rebelled against. A great government would raise taxes without representation for things they didn’t want or need.
Although the colonies revolted for many reasons; taxation without representation to finance wars and the spending of the great British government lit the fuse of the Revolution. The colonies soon discovered after they began to reap the rewards of their investment in the New World that “the more they produced, the more they had to pay homage to the king” as a punishment for their success. They revolted because the big government was too expensive and they didn’t want to be part of it.
Since the Great Depression, the government has expanded and usurped state rights at an unprecedented rate. With a growing interest in socialism during the Great Depression and their promise to bring economic and socio-economic security to America, FDR quickly recreated theology for future Democrats: âGreat government is the answer to all problems in America. America.
The FDR created so many new government programs and agencies that even Democrats lamented the costs and rising national debt. He spoon-fed Americans and kept them on life support long after they didn’t need it. And Americans still pay today for FDR’s âalphabet soupâ legacy menu.
âSocialism can best be described simply as a redistribution of capital. “- Norman Thomas
As Democrats in Congress move forward with their $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill and the $ 3.5 trillion bill to extend rights, the devil is in the details. Both bills fund programs for which states are already responsible. Democrats preach the merits of these federal giveaways as an improvement over what states are currently doing since they will be paid for and managed by the federal government.
Milton Friedman once reminded us, âThe government is doing so many things that it shouldn’t be doing. And it performs the functions it should perform poorly. The federal government is already overloaded with more than 2,300 programs! Decision makers cannot manage what they have. Biden focuses more on expanding the welfare state than on solving the economic crisis created by the leftists.
Democrats say Biden’s infrastructure and benefit plans will be funded by huge tax hikes on the rich. His corporate tax increase will destroy business investment, leading to higher unemployment. Its capital gains tax increases will discourage new investments and start-ups.
“It is time for big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share of these fees.” – Joe Biden
Biden’s wishlist cannot be funded by tax increases alone. Congress is aware of this. According to the CBO, if the two bills pass as written federal debt per US household will grow from over $ 180,000 today to $ 290,000 projected by 2031. As debt increases, taxes will be increased for everyone since the rich will stop producing or will eventually run out. money to give to the federal government.
In nine months, we have seen what over-indebtedness and spending did to Trump’s takeover. Rising debt has already triggered an economic crisis with soaring interest rates and declining economic output. We are following the path that Greece took ten years ago when its economy failed. Even with all the EU bailout money the Greeks have received, their per capita income is down 35%.
Almost all of Biden’s infrastructure proposals can be funded at the state level. The only ones who kiss are the Democrats. Every penny states receive from the federal government is money they have paid in taxes. The devil is always in the details. By the time states get their money back, there are so many conditions that they better keep it in the first place.
“Socialism works because people don’t know how to manage their own money.” – Hugo Chavez
Over the past decade, almost all states have increased their gasoline tax to fund their own freeway and rapid transit systems to meet their personal needs. Biden’s infrastructure bill allocates funding politically. The Blue States get a much larger share of the federal pie for state projects than the Red States.
Rights are subjective to the needs of each state. States are currently funding programs that Democrats want the federal government to support and federalize. This is federalism in its heyday. The ownership and management of state rights programs and their transformation into a national mandate puts the federal government in charge of delivering state-owned services.
The Blue States have a plethora of programs to attract and retain illegal immigrants while the Red States do not want any at all. Currently, states use federal grants to meet specific needs within their states. But Biden’s rights package eliminates state management of rights and replaces them with a federal âone-stop potâ of poorly managed and federally regulated rights.
Hardly a day goes by that Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden complain that big companies are greedy and selfish and promise to punish them. Yet Biden’s bill includes billions of federal donations for manufacturing, research, green power, broadband, utilities, electric cars, wind power, and more. It is the socialization of the industry through the back door. Now they are accountable to the government.
“Cuba is living proof that we socialists are fixing whatever the capitalists destroy.” – Fidel Castro
Ronald Reagan told us, âEverything the government gives you is too expensive. Federal documents come with restrictive conditions on liberty. This doubles and even triples the administrative cost of running everything the state has done on its own. In addition, these federal programs include massive regulations, rewards for unions, and costly environmental regulations.
In his inaugural address, Joe Biden vowed to unite America for the greater good of the nation. But he didn’t mention that his intention was to get everyone to join the rest of the progressives so that they can turn America into a socialist nation. The expansion of federal power and the refusal to work with the GOP and the Red States shows that its hidden intention was to abandon republicanism for socialism.
Federal failures are so frequent as you would expect. Congress never admits to wasting our tax dollars. In fact, they use every failure as an excuse to take more power. Biden’s Free Bee Package in the US is designed to fail. And that’s what progressives want. When the government-funded program fails, the Liberals blame local mismanagement and take over. Their plan will transform federalism into socialism.
“The main propaganda trick of supporters of the supposedly progressive policy of government control is to blame capitalism for anything that is unsatisfactory these days.” – udwig von Mises