Law & Principles
Jonathan Small | December 15, 2021
Biden’s policy failures pile up
According to legend, Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France, responded to reports of people lacking bread by saying, “Let them eat cake.” If Antoinette were with us today, she would not only avoid the guillotine but might very well be a top member of the Biden administration. With her attitude and understanding, she would fit right in. No presidential administration in recent memory has proven so inept and out of touch.
For example, the grandiosely titled American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a blowout-spending bill advanced under the supposed auspices of COVID relief, has done little besides fuel inflation that reduces families’ buying power and quality of life.
The Biden administration’s response to inflation has been less-than-impressive. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg suggested Americans should purchase electric cars so they “never have to worry about gas prices again.”
You read that right. He suggested you buy an electric vehicle (reported average Kelly Blue Book price of $55,676) rather than a new compact car ($25,240) or a new sports car ($44,981)—in order to “save” money.
The administration’s other idea is to spend trillions more by passing its “Build Back Better” plan. At a time runaway spending is fueling the highest inflation in decades, the Biden administration’s solution is to spend even more and expect different results.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is one of only a handful of Democrats to criticize that bill and suggest he may oppose it. A recent state poll found 74% of West Virginia voters agree Manchin should vote no, a good sign of which politician has his finger on the voters’ pulse and which one doesn’t.
Where the Biden administration isn’t inept, its agenda is often illegal, as evidenced by a string of court losses.
On immigration, a court has ruled the Biden administration illegally suspended the “Remain in Mexico” policy put in place by the Trump administration.
Courts have similarly blocked the Biden administration’s effort to make COVID-19 vaccination a condition of employment for health care workers, general contractors, and most private-sector employees, although litigation continues.
A similar fate met one provision of ARPA that barred state governments from cutting taxes if they receive any of federal funds from the bill. A court has ruled that was a “a federal invasion of State sovereignty.”
Notably, Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has taken on the Biden administration in many of these legal fights.
Basically, the Biden agenda falls into one of two categories. The president’s top priorities are either illegal or deeply unpopular, and in all instances the Biden agenda is out of touch with the needs of average citizens.
Still, give credit where it is due. In less than a year, Joe Biden has generated more legal and policy failures than most presidents do in a full term. This presidency is truly historic, just not in the way Biden administration officials envisioned at his inauguration.
Jonathan Small, C.P.A., serves as President and joined the staff in December of 2010. Previously, Jonathan served as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, as a fiscal policy analyst and research analyst for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and as director of government affairs for the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Small’s work includes co-authoring “Economics 101” with Dr. Arthur Laffer and Dr. Wayne Winegarden, and his policy expertise has been referenced by The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, National Review, the L.A. Times, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His weekly column “Free Market Friday” is published by the Journal Record and syndicated in 27 markets. A recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s prestigious Private Sector Member of the Year award, Small is nationally recognized for his work to promote free markets, limited government and innovative public policy reforms. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.