A recent analysis found that many of President Joe Biden’s policies will pass out taxpayer money under race-based criteria.
According to The Washington Examiner, they are:
- A nearly $10 billion Treasury Department mortgage-assistance initiative plans explicitly to favor “socially disadvantaged individuals,” essentially defined as nonwhite people, in assigning the funds.
- A $1 billion Department of Agriculture initiative targeting “socially disadvantaged farmers” would specifically dole out taxpayer money “based on race and ethnicity.”
- Another USDA program would spend up to $400 million to buy food from “local, regional, and socially disadvantaged farmers,” with “socially disadvantaged” once again basically standing in for “non-white.”
- A $10 billion Small Business Administration credit program intends to emphasize funding businesses with nonwhite ownership.
The story comes as controversy has continued to spread over the critical race theory, with many lawmakers across the country moving to ban the teaching of the theory in public schools over concerns that it is racially divisive.
But Biden has made race central to his economic agenda, arguing that his policies will help root out “systemic racism.”
“We need to make bold, practical investments to recover from the economic mess we’re in and to rebuild for the economic future our country deserves,” Biden said, arguing his plans would “deal with systemic racism and advance racial equity in our economy.”
The Biden agenda is also set to face legal challenges, with some of his race-based initiatives already suffering setbacks in court challenges.
“This case is about whether the government can allocate limited coronavirus relief funds based on the race and sex of the applicants,” a federal judge wrote in a case challenging the Biden administration’s plan to favor some races in the distribution of COVID-19 relief funds. “We hold that it cannot. It is indeed ‘a sordid business’ to divide ‘us up by race.’ And the government’s attempt to do so here violates the Constitution.”
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