EDITORIAL

Can Biden Ignore The Republicans To Deliver The People’s Agenda?

President Joe Biden is proving to be a new and different President, not only in rhetoric but also in action.

He ignored the Republicans posture to push through his American Rescue Plan, putting $1.9 trillion in the economy, which included $1,400 stimulus checks, extended unemployment, a vaccine rollout, continuing eviction, foreclosure moratoriums, and increasing the Child Tax Credit among other support for local communities.

At the time of signing the Bill, Biden said, “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation … a fighting chance. That’s what the essence of it is.”

Although the President’s nearly $6 trillion overall economic plan has evoked Republicans’ wrath, it attracts support from the 99 percenters — the middle class and poor.

The truth is the federal government can afford this level of expenditure as an investment in the country’s physical and social infrastructure. So, the question is not one of affordability but the will.

Fast forward to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has shown not only the woeful inequities in the socio-economic system but also the government’s failure to be people-centric in its programs and outreach for over fifty years.

Now, President Biden, at age 78, with his mandate from the electorate, seems to be a man on a mission; consequently, he is hell-bent on pulling out all the stops to put a heart into capitalism — meeting the needs of people.

“It is not a plan that tinkers around the edges,” Mr. Biden said recently in a speech outside Pittsburgh. “It is a once-in-a-generation investment in America.”

Additionally, Mr. Biden has appealed for support from both parties in Congress, saying the program would be “unlike anything we have seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades ago” and calling it “the largest American jobs investment since World War II.”

However, the Republicans have already raised skepticism about the plan and, in recent days, have up the ante in their opposition, dubbing it a Trojan horse for left-wing causes.

“I’m going to fight them every step of the way, because I think this is the wrong prescription for America,” said Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The fact is anything less than that take from McConnell would be an anomaly. The Republicans are focused on the next election cycle, and that’s their prerogative.

However, the Democrats should not allow the Republicans to ‘cancel’ their plan based on a bipartisan thrust.

Elections have consequences, and it so happened that the Democrats won the mandate to govern for the next four years.

Consequently, it may be better for the Democrats to sell their plan to the American people rather than seek consensus in Congress.

The President has already warned that inaction is not an option and that’s encouraging from a man deemed by his opposition as not having chutzpah.

The truth is the Democrats should not make the same mistake as they did under the Obama administration where the 99% get shafted, and the Party lost the House and Senate.

If the Democrats can rally their own troop, they’ll have a game on their hand; if not, they may lose both the battle and war — and will be poorer for it!

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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