What’s in a name?
Let’s jump down a Build Back Better rabbit hole together, but only briefly and pop back up for air before it gets too dark and suffocating:
How would you regard someone who puts your house under siege for a year and then sends you some checks in the mail with the “For” line marked, “Build Back Better?”
Would you not regard such a one as not merely your oppressor but an all the more obnoxious, cruel, and criminal enemy?
This characterization I’ve made above is precisely how some substantial number of Americans feel about the entire coronavirus affair with our journalistic and political institutions starting in 2020. The federal government redistributes more wealth than ever before in so short a time either intentionally or by intransigent, industry-wide political malpractice to those with the most resources and political pull and infrastructure already in place to reap abundantly from the federal government through what they did not sow by the trillions of dollars.
I am very sympathetic to the Americans who perceive the government this way and who experienced the massive disruptions of the last two years in this light as a hateful, unforgivable adversary. I am of one heart and mind with such as these, who say they will never forgive Biden or the Democrats or CNN for what they’ve done.
But because I am sure we are more alike than we are different, and should not be enemies, let us speak as friends or at least as friendly collaborators about the business of saving ourselves and our country. However, we are divided in so many ways from each other, especially lately, and talk openly about the way things are for a moment and see what we might reveal to ourselves:
As the $2 trillion BBB appropriation winds its way through Congress, Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) got ratio’d be on Twitter over the weekend for posting a poll asking followers what their favorite part of the bill is, Doug P. reported at Twitchy, along with a sampling of the replies.
The choices Jayapal offered were Paid Leave and Childcare, Climate Action, and Affordable Housing, or “All of it!” Leaving aside the fact that federal “climate action” means less affordable housing in practice, how can we continue to “misunderestimate” how these good intentions are all so much hellward pavement when pursued by acts of Congress and federal bureaucrats?
One of the best replies from Joshua Henry, a certified financial planner at Meridian Financial Advisory, sarcastically listed his favorite parts of the BBB Bill: “1. The massive debt we added to our nation’s balance sheet 2. Adding new entitlements when a deficit is already large 3. Perverse incentives 4. SALT cap increased/giveaway to wealthy 5. Wealth transfers from the next generation to our gen.”