Today is Easter, the day non-orthodox Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ who they believe was God on Earth. It may be a little overly dramatic but I believe that America under the leadership of Joe Biden is experiencing a resurrection from the “death” of the Trump administration. I’ll explain myself in the following paragraphs
Under Trump America First became America alone. Isolationism in a global economy just doesn’t work. Trump unilaterally pulled out of several global agreements and organizations to the detriment of America. One of those agreements was the Iran Nuclear Deal and Good Friday brought the news that we were about to enter talks aimed at its renewal. The scrapping of the deal led Iran closer to a nuclear weapon and renewing the deal will certainly come at a cost. This will be another case of people other than Trump paying for his “sins”.
Trump’s reign of incompetence added nearly $10 trillion to the national debt; the last installment (to date anyway) was the $1.9 American Rescue Plan which passed Congress and was signed into law by Biden and without any votes from Trump’s enablers (the congressional Republicans). Under Trump the vaccination plan was non-existent. Under Biden we are moving rapidly and have the best vaccination record of any large country. The combination of the economic rescue and the vaccination program brought the news Friday morning that March employment grew by over 900,000 jobs. We are still in a hole when it comes to employment but closing the gap at nearly a million jobs a month is a huge step in the right direction.
The latest agenda item is a huge infrastructure program currently pegged at a bit over $2 trillion. If I have to explain the need for such a bill I to you I will only reply with a question I purloined from Barney Frank: What planet do you spend most of your time on? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already declared that an infrastructure bill will receive zero Republican votes no matter what the final form is. In a way this is a blessing in disguise. There is now no need to consult/negotiate with Republicans which actually may allow the bill to get a bit larger. Starting with Ronald Reagan (and to be honest continuing in every successive administration regardless of party) we have underspent on the maintenance and modernization of America’s infrastructure. The bill has come due. If this can be passed via reconciliation (which is a possibility) that is fine if not it should be reason to amend or eliminate the filibuster. In any event this is a must pass both politically and economically.
President Biden is assembling a team that has America’s interests not the boss’s pocketbook as its first priority. The glaring example from last week is that EPA Director Michael Regan dismissed 40 advisory “experts” held over from the Trump administration. Science should be based on facts; not self-enriching desires and right wing mythology. People who actually believe in protecting the environment working at the EPA – what a concept!
Perhaps most refreshing is that we again have a president who will tell the American people the truth even if it isn’t (and it often isn’t) what they wanted to hear. Regardless of your religion (or lack thereof) Happy Easter. For all our problems and challenges it is the best Easter in America in years.
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