Joe Biden’s Search for Bipartisanship Means More Bloated Budgets
As he claimed victory in the race for the White House, Joe Biden declared that now is “a time to heal.” Like Republican Jack Kemp before his vice presidential debate with Al Gore in 1996, Biden added: “Stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They’re Americans.”
What’s not love about this message? After four brutal years of hideous rhetoric coming from an angry and sometimes unhinged electorate around the country, in response to a president who simply couldn’t pretend to be presidential and resist hurling insults from Twitter, we can all use a return to normal. Biden’s message signals a willingness to really work with the other side to govern rather than to reign unilaterally.
Now, to be fair, President-elect Biden might have no choice but to work with Republicans since the government will be divided if the Republicans do indeed, as now projected, keep the U.S. Senate. Fortunately, the resulting checks and balances will guard against the imposition of a radical left-wing agenda featuring the Green New Deal, a $4 trillion tax hike, $11 trillion in new spending, and court packing. Democrats who hoped the election would serve as an all-around indictment not only of President Donald Trump but also of Republicans in general didn’t get their wish.
The result is that for any of Biden’s agenda to see the light of day, he will
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