by Frank Holmes, reporter
The most important part of a president’s term is his first 100 days—and Joe Biden has a full agenda to push through the Democratic-controlled Congress.
What’s first on his list? He’s a little confused about that himself.
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“My number one priority is getting the vaccine to people’s arms,” Biden said as he got his own vaccination.
He said he plans to roll out a vaccination release plan as one of his first acts in office.
He says he’ll rely on Dr. Anthony Fauci for expert advice on the pandemic, and he’ll enact a nationwide “100-day” mask mandate.
But as Biden got the second dose of his vaccine, he got mixed up about his own agenda. At that time, he thought passing a $2 trillion COVID-19 “relief” package ranked at the top.
“My priority is to get first the stimulus bill passed and secondly begin to rebuild the economy,” he said.
Now that Republicans no longer control the Senate, Biden and his allies have talked about beefing up the package to provide economic help to hurting Americans—the same help Democrats denied them under President Donald Trump.
That includes a “$2,000 relief direct payment”…but not a single check will be cut for $2,000. Instead, Biden’s plan would add another $1,400 to the $600 check President Trump has already sent to every American.
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Then, Biden rolled out another “priority”: racial discrimination in handing out government aid to business closed by the lockdowns he supported.
“Our priority will be black, Latino, Asian, and Native American-owned small businesses, women-owned businesses … that have faced systemic barriers to relief,” he said.
Biden said having Democrats run the House and Senate will “raise the odds of prompt action” on the $1,400 checks and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, another action he plans to take in his first 100 days.
But Biden and his left-wing base are just getting warmed up.
Biden would raise taxes, saying he’ll raise the corporate income tax rate to 28 percent on his “first day” in the White House. Then, he’ll start raising taxes and fees that will impact middle-class Americans.
The government will need more money with all the spending he plans to do.
He wants to enlarge Obamacare by adding a new “public option,” a form of socialized medicine where the government would slowly run private insurers out of business. The public option would establish a government-run healthcare system so gradually that Americans won’t know how it happened.
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Environmentalists have convinced Biden to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, which President Donald Trump withdrew from. That agreement would destroy U.S. industry while letting the world’s worst polluters—especially China—off the hook.
Biden will also bring back Barack Obama’s “war on coal” carbon regulations, which had the U.S. energy industry on the ropes. And he’ll force taxpayers to subsidize his crony “green energy” companies… just as they did during the Obama years (and got nothing to show for it).
In his first 100 days, Biden will take a first step toward defunding the police by establishing a “national police oversight commission” to make it harder for cops to do their jobs. He also promises to hold ICE agents responsible for what he calls “inhumane treatment” of illegal aliens.
Immigration will take a U-turn under Biden, who said he’ll make DACA — the program that gives amnesty to illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as young people — permanent. And he’s given the signal that anyone who shows up on U.S. soil with a child will be released.
Additionally, Biden says he’ll stop all new construction of the Border Wall.
No wonder illegal immigration exploded by 21% around the time of the election, when the media forecast Biden and his open borders policies would sweep into office.
For conservatives, there is some good news.
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First, Biden has only a 50-vote “majority” in the Senate, with Kamala Harris breaking tied vote. Democratic senators may vote against his bills or hold out for a pay-off in pork-barrel spending.
Second, the number of things he wants to do, and the tight majority he has to work with, could drag this out well past 100 days, when his honeymoon may be over.
Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said Biden and his team are “going to have to be changing tires as the car is speeding down the highway, and changing four tires at the same time.”
“It will be extraordinarily difficult” for Biden to succeed, he said.
Third, liberals have a major problem: Their impeachment of Donald Trump gives them less time to pass Biden’s agenda.
Biden said he has even asked the Senate to spend a “half-day on dealing with the impeachment and half-day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate as well as moving on the (relief) package.”
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Thanks to the Democrats’ hatred of Donald Trump, the best Biden can hope for is to get 100 days’ worth of work passed in his first 200 days.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”