May 13, 2021

What Happened to Biden’s Unity Agenda?

Less than three months ago, President Joe Biden stood in front of the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots and delivered his inaugural address. He called for unity, and Americans who see a politically fractured country welcomed it. He could have then put together an agenda that would have accomplished many of his goals while also helping heal the country. On COVID-19, infrastructure and other matters, there was a road to garnering massive bipartisan support. We focus a lot on disagreements, but in each of these areas, average citizens share a broad consensus that Biden could have reached.

Oddly, after dedicating his inauguration to national unity, Biden has abandoned the pursuit entirely.

Biden pushed through a thoroughly partisan COVID-19 bill. The lockdowns smashed the livelihoods of many Americans. There was broad bipartisan consensus to provide further relief to small businesses and individual Americans. There was also support for further funding to speed vaccine deployment. By focusing on these core COVID-19-related areas, Biden could have achieved the first major bipartisan success in many years.

A group of 10 influential Republicans approached him with such a package. Biden rejected them and instead signed the most expensive spending bill in U.S. history, without a single Republican vote. This $1.9 trillion monstrosity delayed relief for average Americans by weeks in order to include non-COVID-19 related pork. It even changed the formula for aid to state and local governments to favor larger blue states over smaller red states.

Furthermore, Biden’s positions on voting and elections are not only partisan but corrosive. Biden, like all Democrats and Republicans, believes that looser voting rules help Democrats. Democrats and their media allies therefore scream about disenfranchisement, racism and voter suppression in the face of even the most reasonable proposals.

This debate has come to a head over Georgia’s new voting laws. Georgia has endured two consecutive election cycles fraught with accusations of foul play. Former Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams still insists her 2018 race was stolen. Former President Donald Trump similarly insists he was robbed. Putting aside the merits of either claim, confidence in our elections is essential.

It is not just reasonable but necessary to take a close look at Georgia’s voting laws — but Biden is not engaging in reasonable debate. He immediately blasted the law as “Jim Crow on steroids.” It’s about as divisive a charge as can be made. Jim Crow laws enforced segregation in schools, restaurants, hospitals and even marriage. They were completely antithetical to the ideals of our country. It’s hard to envision anything as destructive to the cause of national unity as comparing election security to racial segregation.

Biden provided three main arguments. First, he said the new law in Georgia was “sick” and “un-American” because it ended voting at 5 p.m., when working people were just getting off work. But that’s false. Voting in Georgia is open until 7 p.m., and anyone in line by then is entitled to vote. The new law made no changes to that rule. Biden was so wrong that even The Washington Post’s fact-checkers gave him four “Pinocchios” — their worst score. The Post explained that “the law did make some changes to early voting. But experts say the net effect was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.”

Second, Biden claimed the Georgia law prohibited giving water to people waiting in line to vote. Here, again, the president was not telling the truth; the Georgia law allows polling officials to provide water. What the law prohibits is interested parties giving gifts of any kind (including food or water) to try to influence voters in line. Georgia’s secretary of state justified this restriction based on numerous cases of “line warming.” Examples include a candidate giving out pizza to influence voters in line within restricted voting areas designed to be free from campaigning.

Finally, Biden attacked the Georgia law for requiring photo IDs to vote. Democrats love to claim ID requirements are racist, but the argument is hard to defend. Georgia offers free IDs to any resident. Thirty-five states have some form of ID requirement for voting. Allowing voting without ID significantly increases the chances or perception of fraud. And most importantly, IDs are required for numerous activities in day-to-day life. To assert that Black people are somehow incapable of procuring them is belittling and racist.

Biden has every right to oppose the Georgia election law. But the way he has done it is corrosive to the healing he has promised. The president even encouraged Major League Baseball to move their All-Star Game in response to the law. Supporting economic boycotts based on false charges of racism is, of course, the polar opposite of promoting national unity.

Biden’s next signature piece of legislation, infrastructure, should be super popular. Biden could pass a bill to fix bridges and roads, and even provide broadband internet, with massive bipartisan support. Instead, he’s proposing a multitrillion-dollar spending plan filled with partisan, noninfrastructure goals. He’s using the popularity of infrastructure investing to shoehorn a left-wing agenda into the bill.

It’s not clear what changed so drastically for Biden since his inaugural. Reporters say he now envisions himself as the next FDR — changing our country through massive government intervention. In a nation as divided as ours, this sort of aggressive left-wing movement is sure to increase the already gaping political fault lines. It’s also likely to boomerang. People did not vote for change of this nature. Just because it may be possible to squeeze through these changes doesn’t mean it’s smart. The political backlash could be severe.

The saddest part is Biden never even gave a unity agenda a chance. Our country needs the healing he promised. Biden delivers the opposite.

Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. The Daily Caller News Foundation licenses its content free of charge to over 300 news outlets, reaching potentially hundreds of millions of people per month. To find out more about Neil Patel and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com

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  2. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    Biden really lied. Biden dose not have and unity agenda and never has had any kind of agenda of unity. Biden is just a lying democrat.

    1. Michael,
      Most people DO NOT know Joe has had two cranial hemorages which has affected his brain, so don’t be surprised at whatever crazy scheme he proposes, That is why Harris
      always stands behind him when he is speaking.

    2. Worst that that Michael. he is more like another HUgo Chavez the TYRANNICAL COMMUNIST DICTATOR or FIDEL CASTRO another DEPRAVED lying third world self appointed semi god who thinks the world turns around him!

    3. Does that surprise you that Dictator Joe is a lying democrat? to be honest with you I’ve noticed that is most Democrats that they are nothing but liars

      1. I agree, to be a RAT your first requirement is the ability to lie, lie and lie. Second is to backup all rats lies. Third is be vile and crook enough to vote only yes on things that put money in their pockets and hurt the citizen of the USA. Must be on the list of who will take payouts. That is what a Washington RAT is. That is what was told to me by a friend.

    1. I wish, I had enough of these lying, cheating, Dumborats! corrupt Biden in political arena for many years did nothing but get RICH!!!! Now he’s President and ruining America with his sick mind!! America demand he be removed ASAP Our FREEDOM is at steak!!!!!!

  3. Georgia;
    It is not about voter integrity, it is about moving 100 million dollars from a red state to a blue state, to fund democrat politicians an crooked elections.

  4. The damnarats cheated to get where they are and now they kill America with their sick agenda and no one is is doing anything to stop them why aren’t the republicans impeaching him like they did Trump and harris evil o

    1. Bob,
      Maybe the Republicans are really “Giving them enough rope so they will hang themselves”. as we say in Texas. When THE PEOPLE have had enough they will throw the rope over a tree limb and haul them up short.

      1. I’m hoping that’s what’s happening. In the meantime, citizens need to reflect on how he’s changing their lives. I’m appalled at the sort of “non reaction” that I feel from my brothers and sisters throughout the country regarding the border crisis. It involves every one of us not just those in the border states. This is an opportunity to rise.

  5. harris is worse. obummy is pulling the strings here, jo’s unity is to his money. ONLY!

    DONT ERASE my post! Its TRUE!

  6. FIRST OF ALL, HARRIS WOULD HAVE TO BE IMPEACHED, THEN BIDEN WILL FALL. BUT REMEMBER OBAMA IS ASKING FOR A THIRD TERM, WE CAN’T LET THAT HAPPEN. HE IS THE IDIOT WHO STARTED ALL THE RACIST BULL. I JUST HOPE THEY FIND ALL THE FRAUD FROM THE ELECTION 2020, THEY CAN’T JUST LEAVE THEM IN. IT’S NOT JUST AFFECTING REPUBLICANS, IT’S AFFECTING DEMOCRATS AND ALL AMERICANS AS WELL. MAYBE THE ONES WHO DID VOTE FOR HIM WILL REALISE WHAT THEY DID. CAN’T DO ANYTHING
    GREAT WHEN BIDEN AND HIS HIRED PEOPLE ARE BURNING IT DOWN.

  7. It NEVER was about unity, it was about how to get control of the people. People are finally recognizing that now and it is nearly too late.

  8. Biden is a hypocrite. In 1973, two years before I was born, he made some remarks IN FAVOR of Jim Crow. The year Obama was elected, he made a comment, that, had it come out of a conservative mouth, he/she saying what Biden said wouldn’t be able to live it down if he/she repented of saying similar(or less bad) words; he said Obama was the first Black running for president that was articulate, well-spoken, and neatly dresses. Of course, last year, he said that Black people who didn’t vote for him were nor really Black.

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