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zvelf

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Subj: Re: Democrats: What have you done for me lately?
Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 at 10:33:12 am EDT (Viewed 186 times)
Reply Subj: Democrats: What have you done for me lately?
Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 at 12:03:35 pm EDT (Viewed 238 times)



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    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.


I think presidential approval is a really odd metric in some respects, other than being an overview. And I honestly am of the belief that it is easier for a Dem to potentially hit lower numbers. Partly because united opposition from GOP and that factions within the party will turn as well. On the flip side at this point is more or less a goal of owning the libs so you have personality cults without much fluctuation from the core.

That said, to the core point, the administration and government has done baout as much as is probably possible. Is it enough etc. is another story but they have accomplished quite a bit under the circumstances.


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



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



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



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



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    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.



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    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.


I do not get why Schelma had them drop the 15%, but the tax on stock buy backs is still good. I would have put both in and done away with the Trump tax law, but most of those were not going to happen.


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    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.


I would agree with all of that. I mean it is alot to do legislatively.

I think, at least to me, other than what you indicated not pushing for SCOTUS changes is the biggest omission. I think making a case to expand the court to reduce extremism on it should be a direction and using the idea that the court in the late 1800's was to have 9 justices because there were 9 appeals courts. I think there are like 13 now. Seems like that should be pushed harder.

As any changes for the better could easily be undone by SCOTUS at this point. In addition to the current SCOTUS being hostile towards democracy as a whole. No problem gutting the voting rights act over and over, pushing political contributions at all cost, reducing corruption prevention matters and seemingly on the verge of adopting the "independent state legislature" system that would make most voting laws beyond reproach even if they violate the states own Constitution.

To me, that is the glaring omission, but it is true that Congress has actually pushed forward the last two years.

More probably should have been done and needs to be done but given the nature of the Democratic majority and the filibuster it is pretty clear that getting anything threw is impressive.

During the Trump years things were mostly done by executive actions outside of the tax law and there was little push for legislative actions. Trump wanted things but left it to congress and given the nature of the GOP nobody did much or rallied folks around a given plan for health care or infrastructure.

In the sense of getting legislation passed to address problems Biden has done well. Hardly perfect or close to it, but he has done fairly well overall.

The Saudi Arabia stuff is tragic and I think highlights the nature of international politics and how it ebbs and flows with needs. Humanitarian needs should not take a back seat but it happens.

One other thing that blows my mind is Trump and his family have bent over backwards for the Saudi's and have to this day, even corrupt deals by his son in law established while in the government, but the GOP's focus is on Hunter Biden. I am fine with looking into corruption of any sort and punishing it or folks being held accountable but the rampant corruption by the Trump family is just taken with a shrug despite promises of draining the swamp (meaning removing anybody with a different opinion and not a loyalist).






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