During their first go-round in the White House, Barack Obama and Joe Biden took office during a recession with Democrats controlling both houses of Congress. Talk about déjà vu all over again. And just like 12 years ago, Biden plans to re-introduce the failed policies that caused the slowest economic recovery since World War II. His vision includes prioritizing foreigners’ access to American jobs and wide-reaching laws that would divide the country between wealthy elites and working families. The only way to heal is to prevent Biden from driving a wedge between everyday Americans.
As Obama’s flunky in 2008, Biden mistook President George W. Bush’s low approval rate as a mandate for implementing progressive policies. Bush’s rate hovered in the mid-30s. President Donald Trump exits the White House just a tad over 40 percent, about the same as team Biden-Harris. What tore the country apart in the early Obama-Biden years was, in part, a legislative agenda that pitted people of different walks of life against each other. The worst example is the horrible un-Affordable Care Act that rocked the health insurance industry, causing premiums to skyrocket and forcing working families to spend income on worthless coverage or get fined by the IRS.
As Biden lays out his 2021 legislative agenda, Republicans may need the help of a few conservative Democrats to block legislative initiatives that would, again, hurt America’s struggling low-income families. The left is marketing one of his Americans last policies as the “Keep Families Together” bill. A recent release from the Biden camp calls for the legislation to fast-track unskilled migrants who would suppress wages and open the door for illegals to bring lawsuits against U.S. companies.
“The bill requires that DHS and the Department of Labor establish a commission involving labor, employer, and civil rights organizations to make recommendations for improving the employment verification process,” the Biden release states. “Workers who suffer serious labor violations and cooperate with worker protection agencies will be granted greater access to U visa relief. The bill protects workers who are victims of workplace retaliation from deportation in order to allow labor agencies to interview these workers. It also protects migrant and seasonal workers and increases penalties for employers who violate labor laws.”
This America Last initiative also increases Visas for foreign workers even though U.S. citizens are still unemployed as a result of the pandemic. President Biden also wants to deliver amnesty for upwards of 22 million migrants who entered the country illegally. Republicans such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio are prepared to stand their ground against Biden initiatives that put foreigners to work ahead of U.S. citizens and deliver amnesty for illegals who undercut blue-collar Americans.
“America should always welcome immigrants who want to become Americans. But we need laws that decide who and how many people can come here, and those laws must be followed and enforced,” Senator Rubio said. “There are many issues I think we can work cooperatively with President-elect Biden, but a blanket amnesty for people who are here unlawfully isn’t going to be one of them.”
Putting working American families at the back of the line is precisely what Obama did for eight grueling years. He and Biden enjoyed carte blanche power during the first two years. They squandered that opportunity to unite people by passing laws that raised prosperity for people of all walks of life. Instead, they prioritized illegal immigrants and liberal-leaning corporations that paid off their party.
The U.S. Senate is evenly split at 50 Republicans and 50 who caucus with Democrats. Vice President Kamala Harris represents the tie-breaker if both sides vote along party lines. Unless someone like West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin stays the course with Republicans, America could be in store for years of hostility instead of the unity Biden promised.