And from historian Heather Cox Richardson, after noting that the Trump administration’s signature piece of legislation was the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which cut corporate taxes, adding an expected $2 trillion to the national debt over ten years, and was followed by an actual drop in employment and wages–not what the Republicans promised.
“In contrast, in the past 18 months, Democrats have rebuilt the economy after the pandemic shattered it, invested in technology and science, expanded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to stand against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, eliminated al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, pulled troops out of Afghanistan, passed the first gun safety law in almost 30 years, put a Black woman on the Supreme Court, reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, addressed the needs of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, and invested in our roads, bridges, and manufacturing. And for much of this program, they have managed to attract Republican votes.
“Now they are turning to lowering the cost of prescription drugs—long a priority—and tackling climate change, all while lowering the deficit.
“Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne noted accurately today that what these measures do is far more than the sum of their parts. They show Americans that democracy is messy and slow but that it works, and it works for them. Since he took office, this has been President Joe Biden’s argument: he would head off the global drive toward authoritarianism by showing that democracy is still the best system of government out there.
“At a time when authoritarians are trying to demonstrate that democracies cannot function nearly as effectively as the rule of an elite few, he is proving them wrong.
“This is a very big deal indeed.“
In response to all the negative press, collectively referred to as “Dems in Disarray,” the new slogan is:
“Dems in Array.”
What do you think?
PS: I just watched President Biden (via Twitter) speak before he signed the Chips and Science Act, a strong bipartisan effort to ensure that the US becomes competitive in manufacturing computer chips and semiconductors–all made in America by “our diverse and talented work force: urban, rural, suburban, and tribal.” There’s much more to the legislation, which supports scientific developments to benefit us all.
You’ll probably hear and see a lot about the President’s considerable coughing (he is, after all, post-Covid). But there he was, standing on the White House lawn in 95 degree heat, ticking off the benefits of this legislation and those succeeding it–the passed PACT Act to help veterans, and the soon-to-become-law, far-reaching, Inflation Reduction Act, which will finally address climate change, as well as lower health care costs and make inroads in tax equity.
It was an inspiring speech–generous to all who helped bring this legislation to fruition, and brimming with optimism about America’s possibilities. Below is a screen shot; I didn’t edit because I liked the comment a viewer sent.