Billions hidden in $ 3.5 trillion bill to tip the electoral balance
The Democrats’ $ 3.5 trillion social engineering bill proposed by President Biden and Nancy Pelosi is called Build Back Better. It should be called Building a Political Scam.
Buried within the 2,465 pages are numerous billion dollar grants to anonymous community organizations for vague purposes such as promoting “community engagement”, providing “support and advice” and ” creation of an equitable civic infrastructure ”.
Translation: Your taxpayer’s money will fund the payroll of leftist advocacy groups between elections. In return, they become the field army by providing telephone banks, collecting ballots and escorting people to the polls on election day.
The Build Back Better bill injects tens of billions of dollars – an unprecedented amount – into community organizations. That’s because the Congressional Democrats failed to pass the two bills – HR 1 and HR 4 – that would change the electoral rules in favor of their party. Building back better is the best way for the party to gain electoral advantage.
The bill not only funds community-based nonprofits, but also strengthens their influence by allowing them to distribute billions of dollars in seed money to local startups.
In a new twist, the Small Business Administration is handing out huge sums to nonprofits that will serve as “incubators”, disbursing funds to start-ups in “underserved” areas. Oddly enough, the SBA already has regional offices across the United States to help startups and could distribute the funds itself. But instead, it empowers nonprofits by making them intermediaries.
Ninety percent of startups fail. There is no more risky place to put taxpayer money. Yet the bill does not set any standard for which businesses obtain funding, except that they must be majority owned by members of “under-represented communities,” including residents of high poverty areas and elders. incarcerated. One thing they can’t have is a track record. If they have been in business for five years, they are not eligible.
From an economic point of view, it is taxpayers’ money in a ditch. The objective is clearly political. It is the purchase of votes.
Overall, nonprofits are eligible for up to $ 90 billion to support their own activities or broadcast to friends under this bill, almost the equivalent of the total state budget. from Florida.
Historically, the political machines that distributed benefits in exchange for votes were local, as in the 19th century in Boston, New York and Kansas City. “All there is to do,” Kansas City boss James Pendergast explained, is “do things for people and then later they will do things for you.”
The community organizer who became president, Barack Obama, was a master of machine politics. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has outsourced the important health plan registration work to community organizations, generously funding them and having them register people to vote at the same time. ObamaCare turned community organizations into a fifth domain with government funding but no government rules.
Now, Build Back Better finances an even wider range of organizations. It allocates the colossal sum of 5.7 billion dollars “to community projects aimed at stabilizing neighborhoods”. Translation: rallies and legal action to stop gentrification and “displacement”.
There is also $ 5 billion in global climate justice grants to pay community organizations for, among other things, “facilitating the engagement of disadvantaged communities in state and federal processes.” Translation: organize protests and ask for seats on zoning boards.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are targeting higher death rates for black women giving birth, but even on such a serious issue, the bill requires community organizations to take priority over licensed medical centers, teaching hospitals and more. nursing schools. Politics first.
For every left-wing community organization, there is a grant in Build Back Better. The causes range from the growth and diversification of the Doula workforce to anti-discrimination and prejudice training.
Republicans laughed at Obama’s professional experience as a community organizer. But if Build Back Better passes, Democrats will have the final say, pumping big money into left-wing community organizations to tip the scales against a fair two-party system.
Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York.