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Ingrid Jacques Wikipedia, Conservative, Political Party, Wedding, Twitter, Age, Instagram – Despite denials from officials, the evidence clearly shows that the Biden administration is pushing for a government that regulates more and more elements of our lives.
The majority of us, I believe, were shocked to discover how much control governors and bureaucrats actually had over our lives as the pandemic spread two years ago.
The Constitution does grant the executive branch and states extensive ability to confront threats to public safety, according to Walter Olson, a legal scholar at the Cato Institute, but such powers are supposed to have a time limit. At the time, he declared, “Once the emergency is over, the government must store these dangerous weapons.”
Growing government threatens liberty
That has stuck in my mind. Because everybody who follows government is aware that once it develops a thirst for more power, it frequently does not relinquish it.
I chatted with Wall Street Journal opinion columnist Kimberley Strassel last week while she was in Grand Rapids for a Mackinac Centre for Public Policy event. She is a keen observer of the government. She claims that the unfettered growth of bureaucracy poses a serious threat to our freedom.
According to Strassel, “We’ve been seeing this increasingly significant risk from the growth of the administrative state for some time now.” It’s been remarkable to observe how much COVID has drawn attention to it.
She cites Michigan as one of the worst states for excessive government intervention during COVID. Until her emergency powers were found to be unconstitutional in much of 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ruled the state unilaterally. After that, she went to the state health department to make essentially identical directives.
Recall how, just a year ago, the state of Michigan’s workplace inspectors were drafting permanent regulations that would have mandated masking and other safety precautions on an ongoing basis. Thankfully, those were abandoned.
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At the federal level, the overreach is even more obvious. It also began prior to the current administration. In order to circumvent Congress and construct his wall, the former president Donald Trump overstepped his authority in 2019 when he proclaimed a national emergency at the border. That created a dangerous precedent for emergency rule.
President Joe Biden is currently maintaining the national “public health emergency,” which has served as justification for intrusive government regulations including the ban on evictions, the requirement for vaccines for private firms, and the mask requirement for public transit.
All aforementioned laws have been overturned by the courts in the recent past. That’s a good thing because the administrative state was sparked by the courts’ reluctance to uphold the separation of powers. Our current predicament is the result of it combined with Congress’ unwillingness to do anything other than pass big spending packages.