“I want to make it clear, I’m gonna raise some taxes,” Biden threatened Americans last week.
While Biden claimed that the taxes were targeted at the “billionaires out there”, the proposed tax hikes in his new budget are going to hit millions of Americans, not just the 700 or so billionaires.
During the election, Biden had already warned those who favored Trump’s tax cuts, “If you elect me, your taxes are going to be raised, not cut.” At least that’s one promise he’s keeping.
After insane spending sprees, Biden claims that tax cuts are needed to cut the deficit and save Medicare. Meanwhile he’s proposing to give government bureaucrats their biggest raise since the Carter administration.
From the Inflation Increase Act, which massively boosted the size of the IRS, which is now pursuing waiters for their tips and targeting people who sell used clothes on eBay, the Biden administration has focused on building up the federal bureaucracy at the expense of Americans.
Biden’s budget calls for a 5.2% raise for federal employees, the biggest pay hike in 43 years, ever since his inflationary predecessor, Jimmy Carter, who became a one-term president in part for prioritizing the federal bureaucracy over the misery being suffered by American families.
The administration had already dispensed a federal pay raise of 4.4% to 5.2% last year, the highest in over 20 years, now it’s trying to match the legacy of the Carter administration.
In 2017, Trump had kept the pay increase down to 1.9% while federal unions had demanded 3.2%. Now Biden is offering a 5.2% pay hike while the unions are demanding 8.7%.
Average federal wages are already at almost $100,000 and will pass that with Biden’s raise. That’s much higher than the average private sector salary. With average total compensation, those numbers shoot up stratospherically to $143,643 for federal employees.
Biden’s historic pay hike comes as many federal workers aren’t even working. House Republicans passed the SHOW UP Act last month requiring them to come to work. Nearly every House Democrat voted against it and Senate Democrats have refused to even consider the bill.
Instead, the Biden administration has made it easier for the feds to do or not do Zoom work.
Over two thirds of federal workers were doing some remote work last year. During the pandemic those numbers were as high as 90% for the most useless parts of the government like the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, the EPA, HHS, HUD and USAID.
25% of Department of Health and Human Services personnel didn’t even bother logging in. One report found that “on any given day from March-December 2020, between 20-30 percent of HHS employees did not appear to be working”. Sure, give them the biggest pay hike in 43 years while Americans can’t feed their families. And then raise taxes on Americans.
The recent inflationary Democrat spending packages have resulted in a federal hiring frenzy not only at the IRS, but across the board. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act led to a job boom, not for Americans, but for government bureaucrats. The jobs aren’t being added at small businesses, as Biden, the Democrats and their media falsely claimed, but in the government.
Last February, the Office of Personnel Management excitedly announced that it would need to hire 4,000 employees to carry out the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“These are exciting jobs, and they are critically important,” OPM director Kiran Ahuja gushed.
Critically important to bankrupting America.
And all of that requires more money, more tax hikes and less available funds to help Americans.
“We should be putting American taxpayers first, not the federal bureaucracy,” House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer argued.
Instead, Biden is putting bureaucrats first and Americans last with pay hikes for government employees and tax hikes for Americans. Biden keeps pushing the same claims that he’s “making the wealthy and big corporations begin to pay their fair share.” He blusters that he’s trying to protect Medicare. If he really cared about Medicare, he’d change his spending priorities like keeping Social Security and Medicare funds viable instead of paying off government unions.
Instead, Biden has directed trillions to his donors, supporters and base. Now he promises that he can keep Medicare going until 2050 if he gets his tax hikes. That’s a lie. America is expected to add $19 trillion to its national debt in the next decade. The estimated interest rate on the debt will climb to $640 billion this year. Biden’s budget proposals have clocked in at around $6 trillion before. Even as the Fed hikes interest rates, government spending keeps feeding inflation. As a result, American families can’t afford food, but the economy still continues to overheat.
Biden’s student loan bailout has an estimated cost as high as $400 billion. Medicare Part A spending is expected to have a $3 billion shortfall this year with an end-of-year negative trust fund balance of $8.6 billion in 2028 by the time Biden would finish a hypothetical second term.
The trouble is that Biden is prioritizing lesbian studies postgrads and equity administrators in the federal bureaucracy over grandma’s surgery. There’s plenty of money to eliminate the student loans of Harvard grads and to raise the salaries of federal bureaucrats, but tax hikes are needed to “save” Medicare.
The size of the federal civilian workforce has gone up from 2.08 million in 2018 to 2.14 million in 2021. One estimate noted that, “federal workers receive pay that is 17 percent higher than private sector employees on average performing comparable work. That is on top of putting in 12 percent fewer hours” with retirement health benefits kicking in at 57 years old.
In 2016, an Open the Books report showed that the federal government had spent $136 billion paying federal employees or over half a billion dollars a day and $1 million a minute. Those numbers are much higher now. The only pathway to salvaging Medicare and Social Security is to cut the cost of government. No amount of tax hikes will compensate for government spending whose debt-to-GDP ratio hit 97%. The federal government is running out of “other people’s money”. And that money is vanishing to fund a massive edifice that is bankrupting America.
The choice is simple: cut government or kill seniors. Biden has chosen to build up the government employees that fund his campaign and make up his party.
That means he’s chosen to kill seniors while trying to use them to push more tax hikes.
Algorithmic Analyst says
Starving the Petit Bourgeoisie to feed the Apparat 🙂
Daniel Greenfield says
That’s the revolution.
Steven Brizel says
We need to starve the Deep State and lower taxes
Sword of the Spirit says
The states need to stop the flow of our money to IRS / Wash. D.C.
WOW – $147k per ee on average?? And think about those ABOVE average IRS ee’s coming for you!!! How this ends without an outright civil “entanglement” is beyond me! It’s like the LEFT keeps PUSHING and PUSHING in hopes that something happens so they can impose TOTAL IMPERIAL CONTROL!
I’m retired and sucking up MY Social Security (as well as the taxes paid in by all you nice young working folks) and I keep hearing that something that WE ALL pay into will run out of money and OUR BENEFITS will be cut! How many USELESS Federal EE’s can we cut? How much WELFARE can we cut? How much FOREIGN AID can we cut? Oh yeah, those areas don’t count – VOTES depend on them!
Spurwing Plover says
What else can we ever expect from a Liberal Democrat but Higher Taxes the lesson for voters is to never vote for anyone supported by the NYT’s
Daniel Greenfield says
Higher taxes to feed the Left, its special interests and its political machine.
Mo de Profit says
Protect Medicare!! Sounds like you have caught up with the NHS which always seems to need protecting.
Hopefully your service will be better than ours, if I need a doctor appointment I must ring between 08:30 and 09:00 they don’t answer any other time.
“Biden is offering a 5.2% pay hike while the unions are demanding 8.7%.”
My money is on the unions.
In fact, Biden’s counter offer to the unions will be a pay raise of 9.5%.
Daniel Greenfield says
That’s usually how the scam goes when it comes to government unions.
None of this would be possible without the collusion with the rinos!
THX 1138 says
When 90% of the Republicans in Congress and its leadership are RINOs it’s dishonest and misleading to keep calling it the Republican Party.
His budget is DOA.
Ugly Sid says
The Left is erasing the USofA with the completeness of Rome’s erasure of Carthage.
Algorithmic Analyst says
Carthage kept falling for Rome’s lies and partially disarming under various peace settlements. But later Rome would break the agreement. Finally when Carthage was in a nearly helpless position but realized there was no option but a fight to the death they frantically began to rearm. But it was too late.
Spurwing Plover says
Leave it to the democrats they very same party that some Hollywood celebrity with a brain with too much Dope and Booze think is the Peoples Party when its the Globalists Party instead
Mark Ulloa says
GREENFIELD for PRESIDENT…!
Like I stated before, the country is in a state of decline. You may want to consider buying a tent to live in before the prices double or triple and move to L.A. They already have more than 65,000 homeless people according to the latest statistics. You might find a space on the sidewalk in one of the suburbs. I recently saw the movie Bevely Hills Cop again. It looks like the hotel area would be a nice place to live. The California governor would love to see more people come to his state.
The Federal government is offering free transportation to L.A. Just tell them you are an illegal alien seeking asylum. Don’t worry, they will not check your background. They are letting everyone in. You may be lucky and be able to get a movie’s star autograph. In twenty years, it could be worth a fortune.
A little humor while we are going down the drain.
Latest tactic to bring down the US. Could it be that every virulently clashing, two-sided issue overtly “created” since Obama began his treasonous reign is meant to break the American spirit morally, economically, academically, socially, you name it?
And do you ask, “Why?”
My answer may sound too simple and diabolical: Destroy “big satan“ in order to destroy “little satan” is our enemies-from-within strategy to finish what the Holocaust started; but now, most annoyingly frustrating, is the fact that there’s Israel, a whole, nation, not just individuals scattered around the world.
So, domestic and foreign policy are symbiotic in order to accomplish this one obsessive, anti-Semitic goal. I recently read that Persia’s name was changed by the shah in 1935 to Iran. “Iran” in Farsi means “aryan”.
I hope Americans, when put to the test – and we are being put to the test- will not allow themselves to be manipulated into self-destruction. I don’t think that’s the American way.
But, in any case, our enemies should know that even if they succeed in making the US go under, Israel will not.
It’s a flawed plan. You can’t fool God.
Christopher Riddle says
It’s called”BUYING VOTES”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The left is part of the crowd that started back in Genesis 10 with Nimrod. Every failed evil government always had enough remnants to start another one. Today, that governing crowd is called, “communism,” but in the book of Revelation it is called, Babylon.” In the eighteenth chapter it is finally and completely destroyed, the description of the final beast of Babylon is given there if anyone is interested in who and what it is. Those evil leaders of every nation involved with her do not in any way escape getting their just desserts, they will not pollute the air with their presence again. They will spend eternity, wishing, every moment, they had never been born.