Richard McCarty | Daily Torch
A Biden presidency would be a disaster for everyday Americans. If given the chance, Joe Biden will endanger your family’s security, infringe upon your rights, increase your cost of living, lower your home’s value, and hurt your 401(k) – all while killing countless jobs.
For starters, Biden wants to take away your choice to live in the leafy suburbs. During the Obama-Biden Administration, the federal government began trying to increase the population density of the suburbs and to take away the ability of local governments and residents to determine what type of housing was built. If the residents of a suburb wish to urbanize, that is one thing; but the federal government should not be deciding where high-rise apartment complexes are built.
If elected, Biden would make our communities more dangerous. Although we depend upon the police to maintain order and enforce the law, Biden supports defunding the police. In recent years, the American people have seen what happens when police are ordered to back off – chaos and violence rapidly ensues. Nonetheless, when Biden was asked earlier this month, “Do we agree that we can redirect some of the [police] funding?” Biden responded, “Yes, absolutely.” He also said that police “become the enemy” when they use surplus military equipment.
When police funding is cut, the super-wealthy, who can afford their own security, and powerful politicians, who have taxpayer-funded security, will be just fine; but almost everyone else will suffer. Housing values will fall, businesses will fail, and everyday citizens will lose some portion of their freedom of movement as they conclude that it is unsafe to go to certain areas or to go out at night. Meanwhile, gangs and criminals will thrive.
Making matters even worse, Biden supports confiscating “assault” weapons. In other words, he wants to make it harder both for the police and for you to protect your family.
In keeping with his soft-on-crime approach, Biden supports abolishing the death penalty, even for heinous crimes. Of course, this means that prison staff will have to deal with the most violent criminals for decades; and decades of incarceration increase the chances that these rapists and murderers will either escape or be freed by bleeding heart liberals.
Biden would kill middle-class jobs. For example, Biden has promised to end “new fracking” and wants to phase out oil and gas. It should be noted that fracking has created 1.7 million jobs, driven down the cost of gasoline and electricity, significantly increased state tax revenues, and made our country much less dependent upon foreign oil and gas producers.
Biden would also kill entry-level jobs by supporting a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour. Although most big businesses would be just fine – many would automate and eliminate jobs – many mom-and-pop businesses would not be so lucky. Young, inexperienced workers would also be harmed as businesses chose to hire older, experienced workers rather than train new workers for $15 an hour.
Although many businesses are struggling to survive the coronavirus shutdown, Biden wants to hike taxes. In particular, he wants to raise corporate taxes and to tax carbon emissions. Higher corporate taxes would likely force more small businesses to close; and a carbon tax would lead to higher electric bills and more expensive diesel and gas. Higher electric bills could result in fewer factories and fewer data centers, and higher transportation costs could sink trucking companies. All of which would mean fewer jobs.
Biden’s anti-business policies would also harm consumers, especially those living on fixed incomes, and people investing for retirement. Under a Biden presidency, consumers could expect the price of goods and services to rise, the price of gas to increase, and utility bills to go up. While the affluent might not notice if their heating, cooling, and transportation costs rose, the middle class, the working class, and the poor would certainly notice. By eroding corporate earnings, higher corporate taxes would depress stock prices and lower the value of your 401(k) plan.
As if all of that were not bad enough, Biden has the support of Marxist and former Black Panther Angela Davis. Why does she support him? Because she thinks that Biden will be the “candidate who can be most effectively pressured.”
Throughout his long career in government, Biden has repeatedly been wrong; and he has obviously learned nothing from his mistakes. That is why President Trump is the only sensible choice for voters this fall.
Richard McCarty is the Director of Research at Americans for Limited Government Foundation.