New administration point-counterpoint: Brace yourself, change is coming
On Jan. 20, the Biden administration will enter the Oval Office in the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis, with the Democrats in control of both houses of Congress, which means big policy changes are afoot in the United States.
First, the Biden administration will use the economic crisis at hand to pursue a domestic policy platform that will be the mirror opposite of the Trump administration’s free-market, federalist program.
Second, in stark contrast to the Trump administration, which focused on a foreign policy agenda of “America first,” the Biden administration will pivot to a globalist policy program, also under the guise of COVID.
Third, it is highly likely the Biden administration will seek major structural changes to the federal government that could change the electoral prospects for both parties for a generation.
In other words, the Biden administration will prey upon the economic disarray from COVID to seek to undo the biggest accomplishments of the Trump administration while doubling down on progressive policies.
One of the first and foremost features of the Biden administration is its penchant for globalism. This will manifest in several ways, namely with regards to climate change.
Biden has repeatedly said that climate change is an existential threat that will require a global effort akin to World War II. He has already pledged to put the United States back into the Paris Climate Accords, which reduces U.S. competitiveness and undermines our national sovereignty.
The coming Biden administration also is on board with the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset, a radical, anti-capitalist agenda that is using the COVID crisis to upend capitalism. Biden’s climate czar, John Kerry, is a staunch advocate for the Great Reset and has already said that he will lobby for America’s involvement in the Great Reset.
On the foreign policy front, the Biden administration will re-enter the United States into globalist bodies such as the World Health Organization.
In general, after a four-year period of the Trump administration pursuing a foreign policy that sought to maximize American interests, the Biden administration will seek to move in a decidedly globalist direction.
We should expect big changes on the domestic policy front, too.
Following the Trump administration’s pro-growth economic policies, the Biden administration will seek to redistribute wealth via raising taxes, especially on corporations and the so-called wealthy. The Biden administration is already putting together a massive COVID stimulus package that will increase the size and scope of the federal government, expand government dependence, and add trillions to the national debt.
Alongside the tax hikes and huge spending programs, the Biden administration will increase regulations and bureaucratic red tape. The Biden team has stated it will pursue a plethora of environmental regulations in the name of climate change. It will also more than likely increase regulations on a host of other industries, including the financial, health care and manufacturing sectors.
Because the Biden administration inherently believes big government can solve most problems, it will also increase the federal government’s role in several areas that are better left to state and local governments, such as the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine.
Third, and most ominous, is the likelihood that the Biden administration will seek structural changes to the federal government that could cement one-party rule for years to come.
There are several items on the table that the Democratic leaders of Congress said they will shoot for, such as adding deep-blue Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico as states. Although the Biden team has not signaled that it favors this, it has not said it would oppose it.
The administration also could give its nod of approval to ending the centuries-old Senate filibuster rule, packing the Supreme Court, eliminating the Electoral College, or whatever other schemes the Democrat-controlled Congress decides to pursue.
Very soon, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, marking an abrupt end to the policies of the last four years. Given the economic and social chaos that has overwhelmed the country in recent months, the Biden administration is entering the Oval Office during a massive crisis, which very well could allow them to do things that would seem unimaginable just a few years ago.
The first 100 days of the Biden administration is likely to be a wild ride. Buckle up, America.
Chris Talgo is an editor at The Heartland Institute. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.