Joe Biden Has Done A Good Job
President Biden and the Democrats in Congress inherited a nation in crisis from Trump. The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December 2020 and the Trump Administration didn’t have a plan to distribute the life saving vaccines. The Democrats rolled up their sleeves and went immediately to work to clean up Trump’s mess.
President Biden has been very successful in passing his legislative agenda, notwithstanding some recent set backs. The American Rescue Plan included the largest middle class tax cut in history, money for vaccines, money for schools and funding for law enforcement. Every Republican voted no.
Subsequently, Biden passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Infrastructure Week had become a running joke during the Trump Administration but Biden got it done. It’s the most significant piece of infrastructure legislation since the Interstate Highway Act of 1956.
Already we’re seeing positive results from the passage of these two landmark bills:
The Biden administration’s COVID vaccine distribution plan has lowered COVID deaths by over 90%. When Biden took office, there was no plan to distribute the vaccines.
Trump added $7.8 trillion to the national debt and increased the annual deficit from $585 billion to $3.1 trillion. President Biden is on track to cut the federal deficit by $1.7 trillion by the end of the year.
Under President Biden, 9 million jobs have been created and unemployment sits at 3.6%. America is back at work.
These aren’t the only Biden accomplishments. Below the radar screen, President Biden has had many significant bi-partisan accomplishments.
The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, which will create new technology hubs and invests more than $100 billion in advanced technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, semiconductors, and biotechnology.
A ban on companies using mandatory arbitration to defeat sexual-harassment claims.
The creation of the Juneteenth national holiday to commemorate the freeing of the slaves in 1865.
Reform of the U.S. Postal Service that ended its burdensome and unnecessary requirement to prefund employee pensions for 50 years. The pension requirement was passed in 2005 and was aimed at the eventual privatization of the U.S. Postal Service.
A renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.
The Ocean Shipping Reform Act. This law will reign in the container shipping industry in an effort to ease supply chain problems at ports and reduce costs of goods.
Last month, the Senate passed a bill to deliver comprehensive health care and increased benefits to approximately 3.5 million veterans of the Afghan and Iraq wars who were exposed to toxic burn pits. It was subsequently passed by the House on July 13.
On June 25, President Biden signed into law the most far reaching gun safety bill since the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. Every Nebraska member of Congress voted against this bi-partisan legislation.
On July 27, Senate passed a $280 billion package to lure more computer chip plants to US, boost cutting-edge scientific research. As of the time of this writing, it is expected to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In a speech last week at the AFL-CIO convention, President Biden justifiably touted his accomplishments: “Jobs are back but prices are still too high. Covid is down but gas prices are up. Our work isn’t done. But here’s the deal: America still has a choice to make. A choice between a government by the few — for the few — or a government for all of us. Democracy for all of us. An economy where all of us have a fair shot and a chance to earn our place in the economy.”
“Really ask yourself, how are they going to sleep at night knowing that every five years, Ted Cruz and the other ultra-MAGA Republicans are going to vote on whether you’ll have Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid?” Biden said.
He said, “That’s what this is about. They’ve always wanted to cut Social Security. They’ve always wanted to cut Medicare. They’ve always wanted to cut Medicaid.”
Like President Biden, many voters are now noticing the radicalism of the GOP. The Senate GOP platform calls for shutting down the government and sunsetting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act every five years. Republicans would demand cuts and privatization in order to renew these programs.
Recent polling data indicates that the GOP’s extremism is turning off the voters. A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll reveals if the election for Congress was held today, 44% of voters say they’d back the Democratic candidate, while 42% would support the Republican.
The most recent Senate polls reflect the same trend.
PA Fetterman 46–37 Oz
NC Beasley 44–40 Budd
GA Warnock 47–47 Walker
CO Bennett +13
UT Lee 41–37 McMullin
OH Ryan 44–41 Vance
WA Murray 51–40 Smiley
NV Cortez Masto 48–27 Laxalt
The Senate polls certainly show no signs of the GOP’s promised red wave.
“These days, I think he’s done a pretty good job, especially given the fact that he’s dealing with a pandemic, revelations about an attempted American coup d’état, and an economic slowdown over which he had no control.
Oh, and by the way: He’s also managed (so far) to head off World War III and a possible nuclear conflict. We seem to forget that this is Job One for every American president, but while we’re griping about the gas prices (over which Biden also has no control), the Russians are replaying the Eastern Front against 40 million Ukrainians and also threatening NATO. It’s been reassuring to have a steady hand in charge of our foreign policy.” Tom Nichols, The Atlantic.
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