I dare ya: Read the entire 2135-page "Build Back Better" Bill and tell me what's in it.

I’ll give you a day or two–longer than congress persons had to read and understand everything in it.

Here’s Page !. Only thousands more pages to go.

In other words, it’s a pig-in-a-poke. A shot-in-the-dark. A ticking time bomb.

I couldn’t upload all tens of thousands of words here without crashing ChicagoNow, so here’s the link to the legislation blindly passed by Democrats in the House of Representatives. At least I think it’s the version the Democrats passed; it’s hard to tell which version is the real one. This version was sent by the Budget Committee to the floor on November 3.

So, start reading now. The clock’s ticking.

The media tried to describe what’s in the bill, usually summarizing the highlights with bullet points. Like this: universal preschool, a cap on childcare costs, four weeks of federal paid parental leave, expanded child tax credits, expanded Obama Care subsidies, increased Medicare hearing benefits and $500 billion in global warming subsidies.

Doesn’t even scratch the surface. I randomly scrolled down the legislation and found such things as:

  • $175 million “to expand equitable outdoors access and promote tourism on non-Federal forested land for members of underserved groups.” That’s my emphasis. Who’s getting this boon?
  • Billions for electricity storage projects “under such section, which shall be forgiven in whole or in part based on how the borrower and the project meets the terms and conditions for loan forgiveness consistent with the purposes of such section established by the Secretary, subject to the condition that the performance of any construction work completed with amounts provided under this section meet the condition described in section 9003(f) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 USC 8103(f)1.” What lobbyist wrote this?
  • Something called “Retention and Completion Grants,” under which “the Secretary shall give priority to eligible entities that propose house a significant share of grant funds to, among students of color, low-income students, students with disabilities, students in need of remediation, first generation college students, student parents and other underserved student population in such eligible entity, improve enrollment, retention, transfer, or completion rates or labor market outcomes.” In other words, nothing for middle class white families.
  • The usual millions to farmers for not growing crops.
  • OSHA is empowered to increase fines 10 fold or more. For example, to $700,000 from $70,000. I need a lawyer to figure out what that and other fines cover.
  • Sets new rules for “direct care workforce that provides home and community-based services.” Sounds to me like the feds will be setting wage and working conditions for home health care workers. Organized labor has been trying to organize these at-home workers for years; is this a backdoor? These more, but I don’t understand it. Something about -Adjustment Models for HCBS Composite Measures 
  • Ask your Democratic representative who these “individuals” are. After all, he or she voted for it: ‘‘(3) TREATMENT FOR CERTAIN INDVIDUALS [sic].— Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(III), and section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(IV), the term ‘newly eligible’ in paragraph (2)(A) and the phrase ‘newly eligible indi- viduals described in subclause (VIII) of section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)’ in paragraph (1) shall apply to individuals who but for the amendments made by section 30721(a) of the Act titled ‘An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of S. Con. Res. 14’ would be eligible under the State plan (or waiv- er) for medical assistance under section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) for the period beginning on the first day occurring after the end of such 60-day period and ending on the last day of the month in which the 12-month period (beginning on the last day of the pregnancy) ends.’’
  • They haven’t forgotten anyone for when the Covid pandemic ends, if ever: Here’s how: “Subject to paragraph (2), if, between October 1, 2022 and December 31, 2025, a State puts into effect for any calendar qua ter occurring during such period eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures for individuals (except individuals described in subparagraph (D) section 1902(e)(14)) who are applying for or receiving….”

Something for everyone, especially the special interests.

I give up. I’ve skimmed hardly half-way through the bill, throwing darts at what to quote, and I’m defeated. So, I’ll turn to National Review to give us some more highlights:

  • $9 billion to higher-learning institutions for “qualified environmental justice programs” to make sure that universities perpetuate the Left’s green agenda.
  • $7 billion more to create new climate-justice warriors in places like Americorps and other service groups for projects related to “climate resilience and mitigation,” and another $450 million for nontraditional climate apprenticeship programs.
  • $3 billion in “climate justice block grants” that go into projects in disadvantaged communities. The criterion for grants is based not on efficacy but on the race of the projects’ sponsors.
  • $85 million for studying the risks of climate change for “pregnant, lactating or post-partum individuals.” It is unclear exactly what dangers pregnant individuals are now facing from climate change that could not be remediated with more air-conditioning.
  • $3.5 billion for ports to purchase “zero-emission” equipment, but no money to actually fix broken supply chains in which ports are a bottleneck.
  • $275 million to upgrade the health-care system in one state — Hawaii. Hawaii also gets $5 million to save endangered plants there.
  • $200 million to preserve Native American languages. Note: There is nothing in the bill to further the study of English as a second language.
  • $350 million to “rebuild” the National Labor Relations Board and $321 million to “rebuild” the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, two federal agencies that lead Democratic attempts to bypass Congress by passing regulations that discourage hiring.
  • $300 billion for restoration of the SALT tax deduction that benefits mostly wealthy residents of blue states.
  • $38 billion in new energy taxes . . . because gasoline prices are not high enough.
  • $50 million to train and certify more doulas. No comment.
  • $5 million to save “desert fish.” I didn’t even know there were fish in the desert, but (after researching) I found that a Desert Fish Council actually exists.
  • $150–$250 million (estimated) as tax credits to “local” news organizations, excluding government entities — except, of course, NPR and PBS (surprise!). Note: “Local” is broadly defined, and appears to include almost all news organizations, including the New York Times and Washington Post. The bill also contains a rich new deduction for trial lawyers, a group that is one of the Democratic Party’s most generous contributors.

Actually, there’s no need for any single person to understand every nock and cranny in which billions are hidden for some special interest. Uncounted numbers, however, will look into the bill to find out if his or her “program,” got funded and for how much.

Democrats say that Americans “overwhelmingly” favor this bill. Why shouldn’t they? All American probably could find something (as long as they are directed to the appropriate section) of benefit. For myself, it’s increased Medicare hearing benefits. Thanks, grandkids, for the largesse.

Not the end of the story.

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  • Dennis: Your readers should also know that this piece of socialist garbage also includes the largest amnesty for illegal aliens (8 million) in our history at the time of our largest border crisis. Remember, too, that Sen. Ted Kennedy promised that we would never again see this sort of legislation when he was pushing the 1986 amnesty he said was for 1 million illegals but ultimately benefited 2.7 million illegals. This would be the 8th time we've rewarded people and their money-grubbing employers for wiping their feet on the rule of law and our sovereignty. Please don't classify this travesty as some "nook and cranny" in Biden's Build Back Better bilge. Memo to the 10 million Americans looking for full-time jobs but can't find them: Shove it!

  • Just a quick note since (evidently) I have other things to read: "Desert fish" could very well mean "fish in deserted areas." Even snowy places are classed as deserts, as in deserted, if their population is low enough. So if snow, why not water?

  • Actually, there are fish in the desert. When my adopted hometown of Albuquerque got a $5 million bicycle bridge in the 2009 stimulus, the project had to avoid harm to the Rio Grande silvery minnow. Not only does the desert have fish, but the fish have lawyers.

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  • Biden isn't relevant...he has no idea what's in this bill. I'm more concerned with our local reps and their fealty to the "unknown" build back better mantra. What does Durbin, Duckworth, Quigley, Neuman, Caston, and the rest know about this bill? Nothing, yes nothing! If asked they couldn't name one particular...just the administration's talking points and Pelosi's bullshit. But they all voted for it...all of it. You know none of them read this bill. They want us to vote for them, trust them yet they are too lazy and complacent.to even do some...yes only some homework on this bill. They are all just shills for the progressive Biden administration. Meanwhile, Illinois tax payers circle the drain on our way down.

  • " Remember, too, that Sen. Ted Kennedy promised that we would never again see this sort of legislation when he was pushing the 1986 amnesty he said was for 1 million illegals but ultimately benefited 2.7 million illegals."
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    You have your facts wrong. President Reagan pushed for the 1986 immigration reform and amnesty.

    Unless, of course, you don't want to "remember" the facts. They do tend to get in the way of a good rant, don't they?

  • In reply to Grundoon:

    Yes, Reagan bought Kennedy's sales pitch because he was promised that it would be followed by strict enforcement of our immigration laws that were created to protect American workers and their jobs. OK, let's talk about the enforcement that never saw the light of day. Show me what you've got. Read this first, and then maybe we can talk. https://vdare.tv/posts/former-senator-alan-simpson-ruefully-recalls-1986-amnesty Don't you dare accuse me of ranting, when it is clear that you lack the knowledge to discuss this issue intelligently.

  • "OK, let's talk about the enforcement that never saw the light of day."
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    Enforcement is the executive's job, not the legislature's. You are not only ranting, but have forgotten about the separation of powers.

  • In reply to Grundoon:

    In the long run, does it matter whose job it was to enact enforcement? Remember that this government was created by the people in order to serve them. Oh, wait, maybe the real responsibility lies with the American people who for too long have been too busy living the "good life" to hold their "representatives" accountable. You know, spending more time studying the stats of their favorite sports team, watch Reality TV, e.g. "Dancing With the Stars," etc, and sitting on their fat couches playing with their newest electronic device. I believe the word here is "apathy." What do you think?

  • In reply to davegorak:

    It matters when ranters (you) ignore facts in order to ascribe blame to particular people or groups (Democrats) for a perceived problem or situation (immigration in your case) and expect us to believe that the people you do like (Reagan) were innocent patsies. Kennedy (one of 100 senators) was less "responsible" for the '86 reform and amnesty than Reagan (sole veto power) was. How about; "'we' (America) tried a solution and it didn't work," why are 'we' trying it again?"

  • Apathy doesn't enter into it. Partisanship takes energy and commitment, and is incompatible with apathy.

    You owe me an apology for your smear that I lack the knowledge to discuss the issue intelligently. I apparently know more about the issue than you do, and I don't have to ignore facts (unlike you) in order to support my position. It will be interesting to see how long it takes you, davegorak, to give it.

  • In reply to Grundoon:

    Grundoon: You're tap dancing here. If tap dancing was what I was interested in, I wouldn't be posting comments here. I'd be at home with my feet up with a couple of cold ones and watching a Fred Astaire film festival. What I want from you and others like you is whether you take the time to contact your members of Congress in order to convey your concerns. If you don't participate in your own democracy, then you have no right to share thoughts on sites like this.

  • "What I want from you and others like you is whether you take the time to contact your members of Congress in order to convey your concerns. If you don't participate in your own democracy, then you have no right to share thoughts on sites like this."
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    You're the one spewing smears and lies, davegorak, not me. As for participating in my own democracy, I was an infantry sergeant in the Marine Corps. What did you ever do? As for thoughts, at least I think. Given your evasion of facts -- and rendering Reagan infantile -- we can safely say that the only thing you use your head for is a hat rack.

  • In reply to Grundoon:

    Sgt. Grundoon:

    I'm an Army veteran who served with the Korea DMZ Police for 12 months. I worked with Operations and Intelligence (S2-S3). I memorized all the NKA uniform insignia , aircraft, combat vehicle silhouettes, etc. In other words, I watched them watch us. Relax, buddy, I did my share. But looking around this country today and the apathy of so many of our "citizens," I wonder why in the hell I bothered.

  • Given davegorak's silence as to his military service (note to davegorak before you try to reply -- nobody likes a chickenhawk) and his previous evasions of questions that he himself had asked, I think we can safely use the old military term (not that you would know of it,davegorak): "Direct hit. Target destroyed."

    Tucker Carlson fell back on the "bloviator defense" when he was faced with liability for his statements on Fox News. Are you a bloviator, davegorak? I saw you are. I also say that your highest use of your head is that of a hatrack.

    Nobody likes a coward, davegorak. Semper Fi.

  • In reply to Grundoon:

    davegorak said 1 second ago
    In reply to Grundoon:
    Sgt. Grundoon:

    I'm an Army veteran who served with the Korea DMZ Police for 12 months. I worked with Operations and Intelligence (S2-S3). I memorized all the NKA uniform insignia , aircraft, combat vehicle silhouettes, etc. In other words, I watched them watch us. Relax, buddy, I did my share. But looking around this country today and the apathy of so many of our "citizens," I wonder why in the hell I bothered.

  • His leader is a chickenhawk: Cadet Bonespurs. On this Thanksgiving Day, Grundoon, it's very appropriate to thank you for your service, and your point-on comments. Enjoy the day, my friend.

  • Ted Kennedy managed the Immigration Act of 1965 that ended a race-based immigration quota system and made professional skills and family relationships a priority in immigration decisions. This is his landmark immigration legislation,

    Credit for the1986 law, called the the Immigration Reform and Control Act should properly go to bill's sponsors. They are Romano L. Mazzoli (D-Ky) andAlan K. Simpson (R-Wyoming). Thus its more recognizable name: The Simpson–Mazzoli ActAct. Reagan supported it and gladly signed it. Kennedy of course supported it, but his role here could be inflated.

  • Dennis:

    There is nothing "inflated" about Kennedy's role in our federally-created immigration crisis; in many circles he is considered to be the "godfather" of our current mess. Take a few minutes to read this backgrounder:
    https://www.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/beckr/september-2-2009/ted-kennedys-immigration-legacy-and-why-did-he-do-it.html

    I especially like this part: "The 1986 blanket amnesty. Kennedy's skills may have been best seen here where he got legislators on our side to agree to the amnesty in exchange for enforcement rules that he made sure were written in a way that would not work."

  • "I especially like this part: 'The 1986 blanket amnesty. Kennedy's skills may have been best seen here where he got legislators on our side to agree to the amnesty in exchange for enforcement rules that he made sure were written in a way that would not work.'"
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    Rules and regulations are made by the executive branch, not the legislative branch. Once again, SOMEONE (and it isn't me) has forgotten about eighth-grade-civics-class-taught separation of powers.

    As for the circles you mention, davegorak, they wouldn't be out near the Oort Cloud, would they?

  • Golly, Sarge, when I grow up, I want to be as smart as you!

  • In reply to davegorak:

    Given that you had to be seventeen to join the military -- parent consent -- or eighteen (on your own), I'd say you're already grown up, and have failed in your aspiration miserably.

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