President-elect Joe Biden certainly believes that half of a loaf is better than no loaf, and that might have prompted his call on President Trump to immediately sign off on a COVID-19 relief bill put forward by Congress.
He has charged Trump for the “abdication of responsibility.” However, is that the call or charge that Biden should be making at this time?
Biden warned about the possible impact that not signing the bill may have.
“It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don’t know if they’ll be able to make ends meet because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority,” Biden said in a statement.
Mr. Biden is already taking a defeatist approach even before he assumed the role of president.
Where is his fight even for the sake of optics to agree with President Trump to say that the American people should not settle for the crumbs the Republican Senators are prepared to offer them?
Yes, millions of Americans will be put at greater risk following federal unemployment insurance benefits expiration and suffer many other economic plights. However, the adage, “the hotter the battle, the sweeter the victory,” still holds.
Therefore, Mr. Biden should have been pressing from day one for more than the miserly $600 check being offered to poor people amid this global pandemic crisis.
His take may be one reason the Progressives in the Democratic Party are very wary of Biden and see him as a ‘sell-out’ who is prepared to court the status quo.
Biden’s saying that the signing of the bill was a first step to further action in 2021 that will “revive the economy and contain the pandemic” must be taken with a grain of salt.
The fact is if the Republican Party wins the Senate, one can rest assured that they will begin deficit watching and Americans will continue to suffer the pangs of hunger.
Biden’s commendation of the bipartisan support that the bill received in Congress and his encouragement of Trump to take a page out of their book to help the American people is a bitter pill.
“I was heartened to see members of Congress heed that message, reach across the aisle, and work together. President Trump should join them, and make sure millions of Americans can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads in this holiday season,” he said.
No, Mr. Biden, let the hold-up breaks under the Republicans’ stewardship, and you revolutionized the economy in a few weeks’ time with a new set of policies.
The truth is, President Trump is right in calling for more for the American people, and even if it’s posturing, it’s a good one in the political chess game.
“I simply want to get our great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill. Also, stop the billions of dollars in “pork,” tweeted President Trump.
Of course, some would ask where was Trump in the negotiation process; however, the counter to that is not being involved prevented him from having Congress’s prevailed jaundiced view.
So, in my opinion, Biden has started out on the wrong foot in his support of the working class.
If this trend continues, there will be a lot of regrets among the electorates, and one could easily dub the Biden administration Obama 3.0.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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