Forgotten, Again

What to know: President Joe Biden’s big plans (and $6 trillion budget) have left something out—the average American who just wants to work hard and make a better life for his or her family.

The TPPF take: Average Americans are forgotten in President Joe Biden’s effort to “build back better.”

“Through no fault of their own, millions of Americans have had their lives uprooted by government-imposed lockdowns and now sit perilously close to being sucked into a broken welfare system that does more to keep people in than help people out,” says TPPF’s Kevin Roberts. “That’s why our three policy institutions — the Pelican Institute in Louisiana, the Georgia Center for Opportunity, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation — have launched a joint Opportunity Project to create and compel institutional change to reduce poverty, and better provide people the support they need to define their own path to flourish.”

For more on the Opportunity Project, click here.

Growing, Growing, Gone

What to know: President Joe Biden’s $6 trillion budget will grow the nation’s deficit and debt.

The TPPF take: Reminder, deficits are bad. And debt is bad.

“Irresponsible government spending damages the productive private sector through redistribution of resources, higher taxes, higher price inflation, and higher interest rates, reducing Americans’ real incomes, job opportunities, and prosperity,” says TPPF’s Vance Ginn. “Based on the fiscal problems facing the U.S., the federal government needs an annual budget benchmark. We offer such a benchmark in the form of the Responsible American Budget.”

For more on the Responsible American Budget, click here.

Critical Race Theory

What to know: Gov. Abbott could soon sign a bill that will effectively ban the teaching of critical race theory in Texas public schools.

The TPPF take: Dr. Martin Luther King himself wouldn’t see critical race theory as working toward the vision he had for America.

“The just goals he fought for, equal opportunity for all and a color-blind society, have been set aside by modern critical race theorists, in favor of divisive identity politics and collective grievance,” says TPPF’s Richard Johnson. “The new goal is a return to segregation, though MLK knew that separate can never be equal.”

For more on MLK and critical race theory, click here.