Thursday, November 18, 2021

Biden: "How Do I Cross a Bridge in a Snow Storm?"

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Standing before an old and disintegrating bridge in Woodstock, N.H., President Biden tried to explain that his $1.2 trillion "Infrastructure and Jobs Act" is legit, and "everything in the bill matters to individual lives of real people."

"This is not something abstract," the president said.

But is it a bridge we should be crossing?

While it may not be abstract, it's certainly deceptive.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

Be informed, not misled.

Jefferson also said, "Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction."

President Biden, selling his trillion-dollar deal to the folks in New Hampshire---standing on an old bridge, said, and this is an exact quote:

This isn't esoteric. This isn't some gigantic bill---it is, but it's about what happens to ordinary people, conversations around those kitchen tables that are both profound as they are ordinary.

How do I cross a bridge in a snow storm? What happened---no, I--- think about it, you know, you're in a situation, what happens if the bridge collapses, and there's a fire on the other side? It's going to take 10 miles longer to get to the fire. People could die.

I mean this is real stuff. What does it mean if a school bus or water treatment trucks or logging trucks can't cross? It means jobs, it means time, it means energy.

More broadly, how do we emerge from this pandemic, not just with a little breathing room but a real fighting chance to get ahead? They are the things that take place on the kitchen tables where I grew up and where all of you or where everybody's living. 

He then launched into his often mentioned former commute on Amtrak between his home in Delaware and his Senate office in Washington DC: 

"And I'd ride home, and I'd look out the window, that's the God's truth, just outside Washington, I go through a long stretch of residential neighborhood, and I could see the lights on in the kitchens and in the dining room, and I wondered what is it that---what are they talking about, what are they thinking about?"

He noted that his bridge---the one he was standing in front of---may not seem like a big bridge, but it saves lives and solves problems.

Does it? There's an old Korean proverb that says, "Tap even a stone bridge before crossing."

I have never seen a so-called "progressive plan" that saves or solves anything because progressivism is an inward, not outward belief system. Progressivism takes, conservatism gives.

Now that the bill is passed with the support of 32 Republicans, let's see what it says.

Despite its moniker as a "bipartisan bill," the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act contains no conservative victories but has many leftist carveouts. 

Breitbart News gives an excellent overview of what the massive bill actually does.  

The 32 Republicans---19 Senate and 13 House---who helped the president cross his bridge are listed in the link above.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that the bill will add $256 billion to the deficit, and the Penn-Wharton Budget Model says that the bill will add "no significant economic growth."

But it does advance leftist, so-called progressive, priorities.

Here's a few of them:

  • Defines "gender identity" as a protected class.
  • Doles out "digital equity" grants on racial or ethnic minority status.
  • It has a state-mandated carbon reduction program.
  • Contains funding for "zero-emission vehicles."
  • Addresses over the road bus tolling equity.
  • Contains the word "equity" 64 times.
  • Provides about $2.5 billion to expand border processing stations to facilitate illegals crossing the border from Central America and around the world.
  • Contains about $10 billion grant to create a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Pilot Program, that most conservatives believe will become a permanent tax.
  • A $1 million per state grant to encourage children to walk to school.

Sen. Cassidy, a strong advocate for the bill, has claimed it does not contain any provisions advancing critical race theory, however, Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, says it does and points out where and how it does advance CRT.

Biden's Bridge also will "encourage women to enter the field of trucking" to address the "gender inequity of the trucking industry."

It also includes the "Digital Equity Act" that expands broadband communities that lack internet connectivity due to poverty, lack of infrastructure, or status in a rural community.

By most estimates, only about 11% of this trillion-dollar plus bridge actually fixes what we have always considered as "infrastructure"---which most Americans want to see happen.

Is crossing Biden's Bridge real progress?

It has been said, "Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge." And, "The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross, and which bridge to burn."

GK Chesterton said, "Sometimes we need to go back in order to go forward."

The Left doesn't agree, they always accuse conservatives---especially conservative, biblical Christians of "trying to turn back the clock."

CS Lewis spoke to this in his book "Mere Christianity."

He wrote:

"We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be and if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man...There is nothing progressive about being pigheaded and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world, it is pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistakes. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on."

Founded on Judeo-Christian values and principles, America has now elected leadership that has no sense of those values and principles.

GK Chesterton also said, "Real development is not leaving things behind [or canceling them] as on a road, but drawing life from them as from a root."

Founding Father Patrick Henry wisely said, "When people forget God tyrants forge their chains."

We must return to the things that made America the nation it became---and it wasn't destructive progressive ideology---it was biblical virtue, values, and principles.

If we really want progress, it's time to go back to the right road---the founding vision.

I will not cross Biden's bridge.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Engaged. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.