What Biden Got Wrong in His State of the Union Address

What Biden Got Wrong in His State of the Union Address


President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. (Biden’s address last April 28 was to a joint session of Congress, a distinction admittedly without much of a difference.)

The Heritage Foundation’s policy experts weighed in with reaction and analysis on a variety of topics. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)

We will be updating this live blog throughout the evening, so stay tuned.

>>>ECONOMY

Championing Big Government, Not Economy

President Joe Biden positions himself as a champion of workers, families, and small business in pledging to reduce household expenses, nurture entrepreneurs, and foster good-paying jobs.

But strip away the rhetoric from his address and what remains is a massive spending agenda that ignores policy reforms that would actually benefit all Americans.

Missing from the president’s address was any meaningful plan to ease the crushing regulatory burden that constitutes an enormous tax on the entire U.S. economy.

The United States cannot “outcompete China” as long as the administration’s dubious global warming schemes drive up energy costs, and access to credit for investment is restricted by reams of federal do’s and don’ts.

The pressure on household budgets will remain as long as the Biden administration drives up the cost of groceries with unnecessary strictures on food production, federal dictates on the design of every conceivable appliance, and the stranglehold on housing construction of unnecessary environmental permitting and land-use controls.

Repairs to the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, and railways will be slowed and more costly unless the president remedies the regulatory flaws in the National Environmental Policy Act, including politicized science, arbitrary standards, and protracted litigation.

The cost of ocean shipping will also remain high until the White House and Congress rescind the regulatory restrictions of the Jones Act and the Foreign Dredge Act.

Fewer small businesses will be launched—and fewer will survive—unless the Biden administration lowers regulatory barriers to entry that disproportionately disadvantage the little guys.

The president also needs to ease access to credit for would-be entrepreneurs that has been held back by the flood of regulation under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Alas, the Biden agenda for 2022 lists 2,678 “active” regulatory actions, which exceeds by 35% the number of prospective rulemakings by the Trump administration in the same period.

It signals a return to the regulatory excesses of the Obama years—when the private sector regulatory burden increased by an astonishing $122 billion annually.

Notwithstanding all the costly nostrums from the president tonight, the state of the union is under threat from the administration’s unchecked regulatory impulses and allegiance to Big Government.

Diane Katz, senior research fellow in regulatory policy

Inflation, Deficits: Gasoline on the Fire

As usual, President Joe Biden isn’t just wrong about inflation, he’s dead wrong.

We’ve had decades of federal subsidies for health care and college education, resulting in price inflation markedly higher than the rest of the economy.

Biden wants to extend that flawed mindset to areas like child care and “green” energy, creating new subsidies and entitlements that will increase costs and make overall inflation worse.

His proposed welfare expansion would shrink the workforce and thus increase costs for businesses, which would in turn increase costs for consumers.

Coupled with inflationary federal mandates such as a $15 minimum wage, dramatically higher wage requirements for child care providers, and already-enacted executive orders to pay more for infrastructure and the federal workforce, we can see that the Biden agenda consistently involves benefiting his political interests in ways that would pour gasoline on the inflationary fire.

Biden gets half a cheer for belatedly acknowledging that big federal deficits make inflation worse.

Unfortunately, the Biden agenda blames deficits on Americans not being taxed enough, rather than Washington spending too much.

His solution is to drain more resources from the economy (discouraging investment when we need it most), and use those new taxes to pay for even more spending. Further, his legislative proposals to date have relied on budget gimmicks that hide the true cost, meaning they actually add to deficits and thus make inflation worse.

Biden and Congress have embarked on a wildly destructive spending spree since the start of the pandemic, and the State of the Union speech shows that Biden wants to keep the gravy train rolling without recognizing the serious consequences that will have on the country.

Fortunately, The Heritage Foundation has solutions to the federal government’s financial woes and America’s inflation crisis. Legislators shouldn’t wait until after the election to do the right thing, and certainly shouldn’t make these problems worse.

—David Ditch is a policy analyst specializing in budget and transportation policy in the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget.

>>>DEFENSE, FOREIGN POLICY

‘Buy American’ Only Could Hurt Military

When President Joe Biden says the United States will “buy American to make sure everything from the deck of an aircraft carrier to the steel on highway guardrails are made in America,” he’s directly hurting the U.S. defense industrial base. 

Our defense industrial base and our military depend on trade and commerce with our friends and partners. 

If we constrain free trade and limit our purchases to just those defense goods made in America, we will pay more and get less. 

Some of our key partners, such as Israel, make high-quality defense goods that help our service members succeed on the battlefield.

Policies like these make our military weaker.

—Thomas Spoehr, Center for National Defense

Missed Opportunity on Russian Sanctions

We should not forget that Russia is the aggressor, and Ukraine is the victim.

The people of Ukraine are fighting for their future and for the security of the free world.

Over the past few weeks, the United States has imposed severe economic sanctions against Russia, sent more troops to bolster NATO’s Eastern flank, and provided more weapons to Ukraine.

However, the Biden administration waited until the tanks were outside Kyiv before implementing strong sanctions.

We cannot afford to wait until Russian tanks are inside Kyiv before hitting Russia with even tougher sanctions.

The existing unprecedented economic sanctions should be expanded to sanction in its entirety—and without any exemptions—the Russian Central Bank and Russia’s energy sector.

Also, maximum pressure must be placed on Europeans to fully and finally disconnect Russia from SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication.

It was disappointing that these new and tougher sanctions were not announced tonight when the whole world was watching. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be allowed to get away with his crimes in Ukraine. Everything Putin has done since coming to power has been designed to undermine all values that Americans hold dear: freedom, safety, prosperity, and opportunity.

Every country has a sovereign right to self-defense. Ukraine needs and deserves our help because a free Ukraine keeps us and our allies safe.

— Alexis Mrachek, research associate, Russia and Eurasia

‘China Bills’ Would Do Little to Counter Threat

In his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden made a pitch for the giant so-called “China bills” making their way through Congress.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act—and especially its companion bill in the House—has very little to do with countering the threat from China.

They give away hundreds of billions of dollars to special interests and big companies, such as Intel, that already have the money and motivation to make investments themselves.

What’s more, these bills give out this corporate welfare without effective guardrails for ensuring the technology doesn’t go to China, or otherwise compensate companies for their investments there.

Let’s look at a few other things that what Biden calls the Bipartisan Innovation Act will do.

  • Hands out billions to labor unions under the guise of trade adjustment assistance.
  • Expands the use of trade remedy laws to protect uncompetitive American businesses and stick working Americans with the bill.
  • Provides billions of dollars for the green climate slush fund.
  • Spends well over $100 billion on research and development that is not only better left to the private sector, but in fact is duplicative of existing government initiatives. 

If you really want to know what this call for congressional action is about, read the press release put out last year by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s office. 

It’s a compendium of more than two dozen endorsements from constituencies in New York state that stand to benefit from the bill’s passage.

Multiply that by the many other members who were able to leave their fingerprints on these bills, and you begin to get the picture.  

The so-called bipartisan Innovation and Competition Act is political bill, in a political year. It’s not foreign policy. For a bill that gets at the real threats China poses to the U.S., punt this effort and start again next year.

—Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center of the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy

Biden $140B Off on Defense Budget

President Joe Biden’s claim: “The federal government spends about $600 billion a year to keep the country safe and secure.”

The facts: According to Biden’s own budget, defense activities were appropriated $741 billion in fiscal year 2021. 

Matthew Dickerson is director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget.

>>>HEALTH CARE

On COVID-19, Missed Opportunity to Move On

While acknowledging that the COVID-19 situation has improved, the president missed a critical opportunity to launch a new direction in pandemic policy.

He should have been clear that “zero COVID” is not a realistic policy aim and that the disease will likely be with us for some time, as discussed in recent Heritage Foundation research.

Cases may rise again. But we are much better equipped today than at any previous time to deal with new increases in cases without restrictive government interventions.

  • Most Americans have some acquired immunity.
    • More than 215 million have completed a full immunization course and more than 94 million have received an additional dose.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 140 million have recovered from COVID-19. Some of them also have been vaccinated.
  • The Food and Drug Administration has authorized antiviral oral medications to treat COVID-19. One of these, Paxlovid, was found to reduce hospitalizations by 88%

Natural and vaccine-acquired immunity, coupled with new treatments, will reduce hospitalization levels well below levels associated with seasonal flu.

Instead of adapting pandemic policy to March 2022, the president remains stuck in March 2020 by not fully rejecting a return to mandates and restrictions if cases and hospitalizations spike again.

He should instead have called for a real return to normalcy in our communities, schools, and places of commerce, urged state and local governments to shelve restrictions and mandates, and declared that the U.S. is moving on from COVID-19.

—Doug Badger is a senior fellow in domestic policy. Kevin Dayaratna is principal statistician, data scientist, and a research fellow.

Government Intervention Isn’t Health Care Reform

President Joe Biden’s speech echoes more of the same when it comes to health care: More government intervention. This approach to health reform is a recipe for ruin.

Just look at the government’s track record.   

Under Obamacare, premiums for individual health insurance more than doubled since it was first enacted, and more than half (53%) of all U.S. counties have two of fewer insurers selling coverage in the Obamacare exchanges.

Enrollment in the government safety net program, Medicaid, has exploded, putting pressure on an already overstretched program, and Medicare, the government program for seniors, is at risk.

The Medicare trustees have repeatedly warned that without reforms, Medicare will be unable to pay its promised benefits, further burdening seniors and taxpayers.   

Worse yet, the Biden administration and its congressional allies want to make the situation worse,  not better, by pushing for the massive, tax-and-spend welfare bill.

The Build Back Better plans would expand government control over health care, undermine private health insurance, including employer-based coverage, and strip states of the flexibility they need to best address the health care issues facing their individual states.

Even on prescription drugs, the Biden solution is more government. Yet, that solution will only lead to less access and fewer lifesaving drugs.  

Rather than more of the same—less choice, higher costs, and greater federal control—Congress should focus on expanding affordable, private coverage options, removing barriers that fuel rising health care costs, and realigning incentives to empower patients, not the government, to control dollars and decisions.

Nina Owcharenko Schaefer, senior research fellow in health policy

>>>EDUCATION

Federal pre-K won’t prepare kids for K-12

President Joe Biden’s proposal to require taxpayers to pay more for a federal pre-K system would continue the trend of expanding the reach of Washington into education, restrict supply, and increase costs with no long-term benefit to children.

There’s strong empirical evidence against the claim that government pre-K programs produce benefits for children. In multiple long-term studies, researchers did not find lasting improvements in academic and behavioral outcomes for participating children who attended a government pre-K program.

Universal pre-K won’t grow the economy, either.

Evidence finds that any small increase in maternal labor participation will not cover the costs of the program. Additionally, a universal pre-K system would limit the supply of child care providers by increasing the regulatory costs of running a child care business.

Small, private, and family child care providers would be crowded out in favor center-based child care, an option that most parents don’t want.

The proposal will penalize the 70% of mothers with a child under the age of 18 who prefer child care to come from a parent or relative.

Parents should be empowered to make the best decisions for their children, and such flexibility requires a low-regulation environment free of federal mandates.

Lawmakers should reduce the current regulatory burden on providers, and Congress should make existing funding for the federal Head Start program fully portable for families who need it—and then phase out this failing program.

—Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman fellow in education at the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity

More Federal Subsidies Won’t Solve College Cost Problem

President Joe Biden proposed expanding the Pell Grant program, recycling an idea from the Obama administration.

Yet as Heritage research explains, such increases to Pell Grants would not improve the problem of increasing tuition costs and skyrocketing federal student loans.

Every time Washington increases the subsidies available to college students, colleges have fewer reasons to rein in tuition costs. Students will need more money to cover tuition and expenses—and the cycle continues.

The president is ignoring the real solution, which is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the federal footprint in higher education lending.

Nearly all discussions of federal policies in postsecondary and graduate education among liberal lawmakers fall back on forgiving student loans—which is, in fact, also a subsidy using taxpayer money.

Such proposals would disproportionately help students from wealthier families. Graduate students, such as those in law schools and medical schools, borrow $24,000 per year, on average, compared with  undergraduates, who borrow an average of $7,000 annually. Furthermore, the wealthiest 40% of borrowers hold some 60% of all student loan debt.

If Washington wants to help students—including students at historically black colleges and universities—succeed in school and in life, federal lawmakers should consolidate student loan and loan repayment programs.

Meanwhile, state lawmakers and college officials should consider innovative solutions, such as income share agreements to give students options outside of the black hole of federal loans.

—Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman fellow in education at the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity

Washington’s Response to COVID-19 Failed K-12 Students

After the prolonged closures of assigned schools around the country, reports rolled in from many districts that forcing students into full-time virtual learning, regardless of a child’s learning needs, resulted in steep learning losses.

Washington sent some $190 billion in taxpayer spending through the COVID-19 relief packages.

To date, state officials have spent a small fraction of this spending. California school officials have used only one-third of their allotment, and New York school leaders just one-quarter, while no state school leaders have approached half.

Reports find that instead of helping students recover from learning losses, some school officials have used COVID-19 relief funds to renovate athletic facilities and hire more administrators.

Increases in federal spending on K-12 schools did not help students who struggled before—and during—the pandemic.

The percentage of students earning D’s and F’s has increased, while researchers have found that students who had no choice but to learn online at their assigned schools for longer periods had steeper learning losses in math than their peers who returned faster to in-person instruction.

State lawmakers should move quickly to consider proposals that give every child the chance to succeed and provide options for parents to decide how and where their children learn.

Last year was called the “year of school choice,” as lawmakers in 19 states created or expanded public and private learning options.

This year, lawmakers in states across the country, including South Carolina and Oklahoma, are considering such options.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has introduced a proposal to give students from low-income families better access to their child’s share of federal education spending.

These are the solutions families need—not more spending on an assigned system that failed to meet student needs during the pandemic.

—Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman fellow in education at the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity

>>>WELFARE

Expansion of Welfare State

President Joe Biden suggests resuming the cash payments from the IRS to parents that were in effect in the latter half of 2021.

The superficial value of this program is $3,000 per child per year ($250 times 12 months). But these payments replace the existing Child Tax Credit, which has a value of $2,000 per child per year for most working- and middle-class families.

For most families, every dollar in government cash is offset by 67 cents in higher income taxes.

Biden’s real goal is not middle-class support, but expansion of the welfare state.

He would eliminate the current Child Tax Credit work requirement and pay the full $3,000 per child to parents who simply choose not to work.

Under existing law, the Child Tax Credit has a welfare component that sends cash grants to lower-income families with children that owe no income tax. But critically, these payments are linked to a work requirement. Families that perform no work in the year receive no cash.

And, to encourage work and marriage, the cash payments start low and increase steadily as annual family earnings increase.

Middle- and working-class families need good jobs, higher wages, and lower inflation, not more government handouts.

Lower-income families need a welfare system that encourages, not discourages, work and marriage.

The Biden plan fails on both counts.

—Jamie Hall is research fellow in quantitative analysis

>>>ELECTIONS AND VOTING RIGHTS

Misleading Country Again on Voting Rights

When it comes to voting and elections, President Joe Biden continued his assault on the truth in his State of the Union speech tonight when he once again repeated his deceitful claim that the right to vote is “under assault.”  

He insulted the legislators and voters of the many states that have passed beneficial election reforms when he bizarrely claimed that those reforms (like requiring a voter to authenticate his identity with an ID), are intended “to suppress the vote” and “subvert entire elections.”  

That’s an absurd claim. It is easier to register and vote today than at any time in our history, and we have seen record registration and turnout in recent elections.  

Polling shows voters support the state reforms Biden is criticizing, another sign of just how out of touch he is.

Congress should reject Biden’s call to pass federal legislation that would lead to a federal takeover of the election process and override state laws that protect voters and the security of elections.  

The legislation Biden supports would destroy the honesty and integrity of American elections.

—Hans von Spakovsky, manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and senior legal fellow at the Institute for Constitutional Government

>>>THE JUDICIARY

Biden Avoided Supreme Court Nominee’s Judicial Philosophy.
Senate Must Discern It.

President Joe Biden tonight made but a passing reference to his Supreme Court nominee, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

He skipped what he has emphasized for two years, that his first nominee would be a black woman, an exclusionary approach that three-quarters of Americans oppose.

The most important thing about a Supreme Court nominee is not race, sex, or where she once worked, but how much power she thinks she will have.

Senators must ascertain Jackson’s answer to that question.

We must assume that Jackson will be the kind of Supreme Court justice that Biden, Senate Democrats, and left-wing groups obviously expect.

Biden says that constituencies should be “represented” on the Supreme Court, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says that judges should apply the law “equitably,” rather than equally.

Left-wing groups such as Demand Justice want to pack the court—and a justice who will reliably deliver liberal political results on key issues. It is troubling that Jackson was Demand Justice’s pick.

Jackson has twice sworn to administer justice “without respect to persons” and to “impartially” discharge her judicial duties. Senators must determine whether she really means it or will instead, as the left-wing groups that promoted her nomination demand, favor certain persons and deliver partial justice to further certain political interests.

When he chaired the Judiciary Committee in 1990, Biden told then-appeals court nominee Clarence Thomas that there is a “fundamental distinction” between lower court judges and Supreme Court justices. For that reason, senators must uncover the judicial philosophy that Jackson claimed she did not have when appointed to the lower courts.

After her appeals court nomination hearing last year, Jackson insisted that “empathy should not play a role in a judge’s consideration of a case” and that she does not “draw upon, reference, or consider my personal views” on issues, including on “systemic racism.”

Senators must establish whether she has honored that commitment throughout her judicial career and whether this would be her commitment if she is confirmed to a seat on the Supreme Court.

­— Thomas Jipping, senior legal fellow, Institute for Constitutional Government

>>>CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Promises on Police Reform Ring Hollow

During his State of the Union speech, President Joe Biden voiced opposition to defunding the police and vowed to take back our streets and to make our neighborhoods safer by putting more police with better training and accountability back onto those streets.

He said the answer “is not to defund the police,” adding, “The answer is to fund the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities.”

He’s exactly right, but actions speak louder than words. And so far, his administration’s actions have not matched his words. In fact, his lack of action or using the bully pulpit of the presidency has arguably made matters worse.

Clearly, Americans are sick of rising crime rates and the general culture of lawlessness that has been allowed to fester for much of the past two years in key cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, and elsewhere.

Things have gotten so bad that a few big city Democratic mayors, such as San Francisco’s London Breed and New York City’s Eric Adams have even distanced themselves from some of their own party’s soft-on-crime policies, especially those pushed by the radical, rogue district attorneys in their cities (Chesa Boudin in San Francisco and Alvin Bragg in Manhattan). 

Biden talked about visiting the New York Police Department days after the funeral of two officers who were killed by a criminal. He was right to go to New York City; presidents do that. But one of those officer’s widow blasted the soft-on-crime policies of Bragg—policies that the Biden administration has tacitly endorsed.

One of the most despicable policies is the refusal by rogue prosecutors—such as George Gascon, Larry Krasner, Kim Foxx, and Marilyn Mosby, among others—to prosecute those who resist lawful arrest attempts by police officers. No wonder police across the country think the president doesn’t have their backs.

So, while the Biden administration likely recognizes that the political winds favor funding the police, Biden’s actions speak louder than his words. And those actions show that his words are largely worthless for at least three reasons:

  1. Biden nominated Rachael Rollins, one of the most extreme rogue district attorneys in the country, to be the U.S. attorney—the chief federal law enforcement officer—for Massachusetts.
  • A leaked draft executive order on the subject of police reform contained many items that don’t appear to be designed to help the police—and that Congress wouldn’t pass—but  appear instead to be designed to demoralize them (even if not to defund them).
  • No serious discussion of crime control can occur so long as the Southern border remains unsecured. In the 2 million-plus illegal aliens who have crossed the border illegally, scores are hardened criminals—not to mention that conditions at the border provide the perfect conditions for human and drug trafficking to flourish.

As Shakespeare wrote in Richard III, “talkers are no good doers.” Talk is cheap. 

The American people deserve a president who stands behind law enforcement, in words and actions. Sadly, Biden, who is clearly beholden to the so-called Squad in Congress and other leftists who loathe the police, has failed to show the moral courage to stand behind the police and to call for an end to the rogue prosecutor movement and the lawlessness it promotes.

—Zack Smith, legal fellow with the Institute for Constitutional Government, and Cully Stimson, deputy director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and senior legal fellow

>>>SOCIAL ISSUES: ABORTION, LGBT RIGHTS

Extremist Positions on Roe v. Wade, Equality Act

Tuesday night during his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden offered a roundup of leftist policy goals—many of which have been pet projects for his administration since taking office in January 2021.

Among them was a continued call to pass the Equality Act—a bill that would unilaterally alter the state of civil rights law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity across numerous sectors of American life. Those would include employment and housing, public education, and even the credit markets and jury service.

It would simultaneously gut the protections offered by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Biden repeated the call for the Equality Act’s passage even though it has continually stalled in the Senate due to its prohibition on invoking the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a legal defense, something that even one of its authors recognized would “crush” religious dissenters.

Biden also addressed the “constitutional right affirmed in Roe v. Wade,” claiming it “under attack as never before.”

Perhaps recognizing the Supreme Court’s potential to limit or overturn that precedent in the soon-to-be-decided Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, Biden blew a familiar leftist dog whistle on abortion as “health care.”

But considering the failure of the Women’s Health Protection Act to advance on a cloture vote late Monday night, it appears that even some Democrats lack his appetite for abortion without restriction.

And, though he advanced talking points on the bipartisan legislation advanced during the past year, Biden promised to “strengthen the Violence Against Women Act.”

Though he first authored the bill almost 30 years ago, the 1993 Violence Against Women Act wasn’t the progressive stalking horse it is today, one rife with gender identity provisions, special-interest grants, and the constitutionally prohibited expansion of Indian tribal court jurisdiction.

Those provisions are in addition to a nowhere-to-be-found religious exemption—one that would allow faith-based battered women’s shelters to maintain sex-segregated spaces in accordance with their faith, and in the very places that women need protection most.  

—Sarah Parshall Perry is a legal fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

Biden’s Appeal for ‘Unity’ Rings Hollow

President Joe Biden called for a new “Unity Agenda” for the nation. Those are nice words, but to give them meaning, he’d have to undo almost everything he did during his first year in office.

Biden issued more executive orders in his first year than any other president by far. And many of those orders pushed radical culture war issues that bitterly divide the country.

There can be no unity when Biden issues unilateral orders that could never pass Congress.

Neither can there be unity when Biden’s administration acts with hostility to religious Americans. He has fought them as they try to live out their lives according to their faith. He has fought to regulate the internal affairs of houses of worship, and he has sided with liberal governors who treated houses of worship worse than they treated their large corporate donors during the pandemic.

Biden called for an end to partisanship around COVID-19, saying that we should stop looking at each other as “enemies.” But it has been Biden’s allies in government and in the media who have mocked or derided as “enemies” those who refuse to be vaccinated or those who simply want to maintain a balance between COVID-19 lockdowns and our civil liberties.

There can be no unity when his liberal allies disparage and look down on conservatives.

Biden called for unity while reaffirming his commitment to a radical “transgender” agenda that has led to the erosion of spaces set aside for women to thrive and to be safe.

There can be no unity when men who “identify” as women rape girls in their bathrooms and deny women a fair chance in sports.

Neither can there be unity when Biden continues dividing Americans on the basis of race. Whether it’s the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying that members of some races should be given priority treatment over others, Biden’s decision to allocate government benefits on the basis of race, his administration’s defense of Harvard’s racial discrimination against Asians, or his refusal to consider qualified Supreme Court candidates who aren’t the right color and sex, there can be no unity when the president divides Americans by their skin color.

If Biden is serious about unity, he must stop the unilateral actions on radical culture-war issues and he must treat all Americans—regardless of their beliefs, views, or skin color—equally.

So far, Biden has proved incapable of doing that, but we would welcome a change in direction.

—GianCarlo Canaparo is a legal fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

>>>INFRASTRUCTURE

Aiming to Make a Bad Bill Worse

While President Joe Biden touts potential improvements to infrastructure following last year’s spending package, his administration consistently makes choices that reduce the value of infrastructure spending for hard-working families.

That includes special carve-outs and dubious lawsuits to benefit Big Labor; a naked power grab aimed at subverting the will of legislators for the sake of anti-road activists on the left; and an initiative for “Complete Streets” that will mostly serve to turn car lanes into bike lanes.

The infrastructure bill had many problems, and Biden is only making them worse.

Rather than continue the failed strategy of putting Washington in charge of infrastructure, we should take the power back from federal bureaucrats and get rid of senseless red tape.

—David Ditch is a policy analyst specializing in budget and transportation policy in the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget.

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