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zvelf

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Subj: Democrats: What have you done for me lately?
Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 at 12:03:35 pm EDT (Viewed 237 times)


There has been a lot of pessimism among Democrats with Biden’s low approval numbers and high inflation, but the Democrats have passed a fair amount of important legislation. Over half a million jobs were added in July and over 9 million jobs have been added since Biden took office (in comparison, under Trump, the U.S. saw a net 2.9 million jobs lost.) Unemployment is at 3.5%, a 53-year low while wages have gone up over 5% in the past year, the greatest increase since 1983. Benefits have also gone up 3.6% (https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/eci.pdf). That can’t quite match inflation, but it helps. Also, the U.S. military just killed Ayman al-Zawahri, the leader of Al Qaeda and a chief plotter of the 9/11 attack.

Here is some legislation mostly passed by Democrats since Biden took office:

March 11, 2021: $1.9 trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

November 15, 2021: $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

June 25, 2022: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the biggest legislation to address gun violence in 28 years since the assault weapons ban in 1994.

July 28, 2022: $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which promotes semiconductor technology and invests in STEM education/workforce to make the U.S. more competitive with Asia.

The Democrats’ smaller version of Build Back Better but still a huge bill on energy, environment, health care, raising taxes on the rich (and a 15% corporate minimum tax), and cutting the deficit by $300 billion is on the verge of passing. This will be the biggest bill to fight climate change ever with $369 billion going toward climate initiatives (as it currently stands). It will also allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, one of the biggest asks from the progressive left as well as the center.

Now I’m not saying every one of these bills is some unqualified success. They are all mixed bags subject to the sausage-making compromises inherent to the legislative process, especially in an era as politically divisive as this one. So the gun violence bill fails to ban assault rifles, the CHIPS Act is partly a giveaway to some big companies that don’t need the money, the bill the Democrats hope to pass next week allows oil and gas drilling on federal lands, etc. And there is a lot that Democrats can be criticized for like the botched Afghanistan withdrawal (even though that started under Trump) and interactions with Saudi Arabia, which frankly, is to prioritize oil over human rights. But as a whole, it is the President and Congress doing good for the country, which is a lot better than what we saw under Trump for 4 years.





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