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.