Liz Warren is excited. Bernie Sanders is proud. Chuck Schumer is gleeful. And their Democrat co-conspirators in the Senate are united in their delight in Saturday passing their 2021 “COVID Relief Bill” aka, the “American Rescue Plan,” by a vote of 50-49, along party lines, with one non-voter, Rep. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) absent.
Almost immediately after the vote, socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted:
As Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, I am proud that we passed the American Rescue Plan, which, in my view, is the most significant piece of legislation to benefit working families in the modern history of this country.
Of course, even though Bernie and company never fully describe what a “working family” is because everyone except those wholly on the federal dole (such as the politicians in D.C.) try to work, many of Bernie’s emblematic “working families” aren’t working any more because Bernie’s leftist pals on the state level shut them out of their businesses.
And, almost immediately after the vote, Americans began speculating about how this Senate version, totaling over $1.9 TRILLION, will be reconciled with the House version, which clocks-in at the same amount, but contains a few slightly different provisions.
Very few, however, speculated about how various portions of the Senate bill actually jibe with the U.S. Constitution those politicians swear to uphold when they take office.
So let’s take a look at some of these, and see…
Bernie also crowed:
This package, among many other things, increases direct payments by $1400, extends unemployment benefits, reduces child poverty by half, ensures we are vaccinating as many people as possible, and puts us on a path to safely reopen schools.
Which are curious claims to make, especially that whopper about “reducing child poverty by half,” since, as Thomas Sowell has shown, decade after decade, government welfare schemes do not fix poverty or incentivize people to work. They perpetuate poverty and dependency, generation after generation. For example, notes Sowell:
Anyone who is serious about evidence need only compare black communities as they evolved in the first 100 years after slavery with black communities as they evolved in the first 50 years after the explosive growth of the welfare state, beginning in the 1960s.
Sowell notes that prior to the welfare state, poverty among black Americans was steadily dropping, employment was rising, murder rates were dropping, literacy was rising, and most black children were raised in two-parent families. The exact opposite arose after the start of Johnson’s “Great Society” and “War on Poverty” programs which have been perpetually fed ever since.
And Sowell notes:
The welfare state has led to remarkably similar trends among the white underclass in England over the same period.
But, what about the Constitution? Surely, even if these welfare handouts haven’t done what Bernie claims they will do, they gotta be constitutional. After all, Bernie’s salary and office come to him via provisions in that so-called rule book, so, he must really, really respect it and the enumerated provisions in it.
A close look at the Constitution yields ZERO enumerated power for the feds to either create or fund a vaccine or help people get jabbed. Likewise, the Constitution grants the feds NO power to hand out $1,400 in cash, nor to “safely reopen schools.”
So, it sure is strange that the Senate bill Bernie pushed pumps out $14 billion to distribute the still-experimental (note that the Nuremburg Code prohibits experimental drugs from being used on people prior to extensive animal testing) mRNA jab. And it sure is odd that prideful Bernie votes for a bill that increases handouts to the unemployed to $300 per week through the end of September, shells out $350 billion to state and local governments and will launch $170 billion at K-12 schools and “higher education institutions” to cover reopening costs.
Those would be schools and institutions that not only aren’t supposed to get any dough from the feds, but which either closed voluntarily, or were shut down by local or state politicians.
And a message from Fox News’ Brooke Singman to that proud socialist Bernie, who seems to want the U.S. to follow in the footsteps of his favorite bankrupt, hyper-inflated, socialist enclave, Venezuela:
Congress already passed about $4 trillion in relief measures under former President Donald Trump, pushing the deficit to a record $3.1 trillion in fiscal year 2020 — which doesn't include the $900 billion relief package lawmakers approved in December.
And this package, as she notes, likely will raise the U.S. debt to over $30 Trillion.
Have fun selling those long-term bonds, politicians. Oh, and say hi to rising crypto-currency as you ride the dollar down into the Hollow Earth.
Then there’s the pro-death of humans aspect of this bill, something that the Democrats appeared very insistent make part of its core. As Claire Chretien writes for LifeSiteNews:
On March 5, the Center for Family and Human Rights (CFAM) warned, ‘The bill makes funding for abortion groups available through $8.6 billion for the global response to the pandemic. The global response to the pandemic led by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres designates reproductive health, including abortion, as essential to the COVID-19 response.’
And that’s not all. As CFAM notes:
The COVID-19 bill appropriates over $500 million in foreign assistance for humanitarian emergencies, $204 million for State Department operations, and $41 million for USAID operating expenses that are not covered by the Helms and Siljander Amendments which respectively prohibit U.S. funds from being used to perform or promote abortion overseas.
And none of which is enumerated in the Constitution.
The international pro-life lobby group added, ‘More troubling to pro-life Senators, is the $8.7 billion designated for the global response to the pandemic,’ noting that ‘Since March, UN Secretary General Guterres and UN agencies made abortion essential to the UN pandemic response. They included ‘sexual and reproductive health’ as essential to COVID-19 UN policies, and defined this term by reference to a UN manual that declares abortion a human right and says medical providers should be forced to refer for abortion against their conscience.’
Because nothing says “pandemic response” more than killing human beings in the womb.
But perhaps this is too much party-pooping. Perhaps this Senate move really IS great and some of the other provisions are so mind-glowingly constitutional, we ought to be thrilled, just like Bernie.
I’m happy that my bill with @SenatorMenendez to make any student loan forgiveness tax-free was included in the COVID relief bill. This clears the way for President Biden to #CancelStudentDebt without burdening student borrowers with thousands of dollars in unexpected taxes.
So, let’s check out that Constitution thing again, and look real close to see if there’s anything in it about “canceling student debt."
Hmm. Nope. How about we look even more closely to see if there’s any enumerated power for the feds to hand out the student loans in the first place…
Hmmmm... Perhaps one needs to magnify the document 10x.
Still not there.
What about zooming in 50x?
Gosh. It’s so strange that the power to hand out tax cash in the form of loans for college students to flood universities with ill-gotten gains just isn’t there!
And Liz also tweeted:
This is just the start of what Congress can do for working families. We must raise the minimum wage to $15/hr. We need to invest in infrastructure, k-12 education, and a clean energy economy. I’ll fight with every tool in the toolbox to help our families and economy recover.
And, gosh. None of those are powers granted to the feds, either! How strange, because Liz said, “WE” – using that forced-inclusion pronoun meaning you’ll be made to do what she tells you. And she used Bernie’s line about “working families”, as if she really cares about those she says are, as Marx might say, “the workers” even as she saddles future generations of “workers” (those that aren’t exterminated by abortions) with debt slavery to do what she wants.
What a proud time for America.
What’s that line about pride cometh before the fall?