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    From (David P.)@21:1/5 to All on Sat Oct 16 22:13:21 2021
    Never mind the cost — just look at the absurd things
    Build Back Better would buy
    By Betsy McCaughey, 10/5/21, NY Post

    Democrats are quarreling over the price tag of their
    Build Back Better bill. But the real problem is what’s
    in it. The bill coerces workers to join unions, imposes
    racial preferences on every facet of life and redistributes
    money from workers to takers.

    Fortunately, the bill is in limbo. Moderate Democrats like
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) insist the bill has to be pared
    to less than half its current price tag. The far left is
    outraged. But the bill can’t pass without every Senate
    Democrat supporting it.

    Not passing it would be best: This bill is as un-American
    as it gets. Here are some of its details, which Democrats
    would prefer you not see. Judge for yourself.

    1. First-generation down-payment assistance: Most people work
    & save for years to buy a home. This bill makes them into
    suckers. It gives $6.8 billion to low-income first-time
    homebuyers with no conditions. It’s part of Biden’s scheme
    to increase racial and economic diversity in the suburbs.

    First-time home buyers can get up to $20,000 & never have
    to pay it back, whether they stay in the home or move for
    virtually any reason. It’s free money — as long as you’re
    not the taxpayer footing the bill. And it’s likely a
    double whammy, pushing up home prices for first-time buyers
    who actually saved up themselves.

    2. Home-efficiency rebates: The bill offers up to $14,000 to
    homeowners who lower energy use by installing new heat pumps,
    A/C systems, insulation & energy-efficient appliances.
    It’s a pot of gold for homeowners who qualify and tens of
    billions of dollars in new business for contractors.

    The catch: Only unionized electrical contractors qualify.
    This bill is designed to twist arms and unionize the
    workforce. Why? Unions bankroll the Democratic Party.

    Racial & ethnic minorities also get preferential treatment.
    The bill promises contractors a $200 bonus for each customer
    served from a “community of racial or minority ethnic
    concentration.” Whites go to the back of the line and
    have to hope the money holds out.

    3. Direct-care workforce: The bill awards $1.48 billion to
    labor unions and community organizations to recruit and
    train workers to care for the elderly or disabled at home.
    Top priority is training workers in their rights &
    organizing them. This is your tax dollars at work
    creating a new army of likely Democratic voters.

    The bill also includes preferential tax treatment for
    union dues, additional tax credits for buying union-made
    electric vehicles and a staggering 10-fold increase in
    civil penalties against employers who resist unionization.

    Pelosi claims Build Back Better is “about the children.”
    NY Times columnist Paul Krugman echoes her, saying it’s
    about “securing the future” for children. Truth is, the
    bill screws our kids & grandkids. It adds hundreds of
    billions of dollars to the federal debt, forcing the next
    generations to pay interest and principal on what we’ve
    borrowed instead of taking care of themselves.

    Democrats can’t seem to tell the truth about their
    legislation. To break the stalemate in Congress, they’re
    toying with leaving the programs intact but funding them
    for a shorter time — only the first 5 years instead of
    all 10 in some cases. That’s a hoax, and Manchin isn’t
    fooled. “Those programs will never end,” he says.
    He’s right. Entitlements are forever.

    Already the bill costs far more than $3.5 trillion because
    of similar gimmicks. The child-care tax credit — or
    monthly Biden bucks — are funded for only 5 years.

    Democrats boast about offering “universal pre-K,” but the
    bill fully funds it for only one year, an obvious ruse.

    Same with the promise of “free” community college — it’s
    only funded thru 2024. One exception: Colleges serving
    minorities are funded thru 2030.

    Whatever the bill’s actual cost, it’s bad for America.
    The racial preferences & favoritism toward unions will
    further divide us. And the vast array of new giveaways is
    an insult to working people who support their own families.

    Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York.


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