Biden and Dems are Getting Stuff Done
Contrary to my pessimism about the midterms post a while back, my attitude is beginning to change. Things are getting better in the United States of America, and we have President Joe Biden and the Democrats to thank for that.
Meanwhile, the corrupt former president awaits his fate from many investigations and probes, and his sycophantic friends in the GOP proudly stand by him. This fact reflects the stark contrast between our two political parties. One party is working for the American people — the other works for one man and a deranged group of his cult followers.
To be sure, you may not like everything Joe Biden and the Democrats are doing. Some might not think the recently passed legislation, The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), goes far enough. Perhaps you believe centrist Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema played too significant a role and whittled down the bill to something far less meaningful than what you would like.
And that would be fine if you feel that way. I, too, would love for the legislation to have gone much further. The original Build Back Better, which Manchin and Sinema basically sank by themselves, was much more ambitious and addressed many more needs we currently face in the country.
But damn it, this legislation does a lot of good, especially in climate change. It’s the most significant investment we’ve ever made in clean technology and other areas that aim to reduce carbon emissions up to 40% by the year 2030.
The bill also enhances The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) by increasing subsidies for millions of enrollees, at least for the next three years. If not for this specific fix, many people would be looking at a substantial increase in premiums for next year and beyond. And for the folks worried about what the spending will do to the budget, it’s fully paid for, mostly on tax increases for corporations and a more robust IRS that will go after wealthy tax cheats.
But the IRA is only part of what Biden and Democrats have accomplished in recent months. And, to be fair, a few Republicans crossed over to support some of the legislation, including the most we’ve done on guns in 30 years and the semi-conductor bill…