OPINION ARTICLE APPEARING IN FOX NEWS ON PRESIDENT BIDEN'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Published on Fox News May 13, 2022 2:59pm EDT
5 good things Biden has done for all of us
President Biden and his administration have made a number of positive changes for our nation
President Joe Biden’s approval ratings seem to keep dropping and dropping. As a Democrat who voted for the president, I cannot understand why.
I certainly understand Americans blaming the person in power, even if they are not responsible for what ails the voter; but if you look at the facts, President Biden and his administration have made a number of positive changes in our nation which will or already have positively impacted voters.
So why don’t we see that reflected in the polls?
Here are five major accomplishments from the president and his administration since he entered the Oval Office. (And yes, there are more than five but I chose to highlight these.)
After decades when both Democratic and Republican presidents were unable to work with Congress to get legislation passed to improve America’s infrastructure, Joe Biden was the one who finally did it.
Infrastructure is a win-win for both parties and has always enjoyed widespread bipartisan support. With the passage of the Infrastructure Act, so many things will change for the better for Americans.
Not only will our roads and bridges no longer have a D+ ratings, but companies like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and 17 other internet firms have agreed to bring high speed internet to more U.S. families. This will be especially helpful for those who choose to work at home, lower income communities and the elderly. This was only possible under the Biden infrastructure plan.
The plan also calls for materials paid for in the bill to be sourced in the United States. So no more steel, iron or construction materials coming from China (which probably led to those collapsed bridges). Having materials sourced in the United States will prompt companies to bring factories back home, create jobs and provide Americans an opportunity to purchase goods made in America which won’t be stuck in containers at the ports because they’re made right here at home.
I know some of you reading this are going to say, is Leslie crazy!? Gas prices are high, we have inflation, some fear a recession and the list goes on.
Yes, that is true and that is the bad news. But here is some of the good:
*In April, there were 428,000 jobs created. In total, since President Biden took office, 8.3 million jobs were created and those are record setting numbers.
*We now have the fastest decline in unemployment ever recorded during a president’s term. The unemployment rate is 3.6%.
*When President Biden first took office, nearly 20 million people were reliant on unemployment checks to feed their families, now that number is at 1 million -- the lowest since 1970.
*And for all the worries by Republicans about increasing the deficit, during President Biden’s first year in office, the deficit was reduced by $350 billion and currently there are projections that between another $500 billion and $1 trillion dollars in further reductions by the end of September.
*The deficit is smaller under President Biden than it was at the end of President Donald Trump’s tenure.
In addition to predicting that Russia would invade Ukraine, President Biden was proactive when U.S. intelligence found Russian troops at Ukraine’s front door, the president ramped up military assistance to Ukraine, warned Putin of the severe consequences and applied tough economic sanctions.
More so, President Biden united 30 NATO nations to work together in unity to oppose the aggression from Putin’s Russia. He mobilized the world through the United Nations.
There are those that said we were leading from behind, not true. President Biden didn’t need to have cameras rolling and beat his chest, rather he convened meetings with world leaders and got all of the NATO nations to agree to his plan.
President Biden did what the best leaders do, he led humbly so that our allies felt equal to us, not inferior to us. The president, in addition to sending billions in military aid to Ukraine was wise to avoid any response that would escalate the war and the threats of Russia’s potential use of nuclear weapons.
LOWERING THE CHILD POVERTY RATE
Before Joe Biden was sworn in as president, the child tax credit maxed out at $2,000 per child but it specifically left out families with little or no income. All in all, approximately one-third of children were excluded from this tax credit; over half of those children were Black and Hispanic. And let’s not forget the children raised by single moms, 70% of those children did without. So, the people who needed that money most, were left out in the cold.
Once Biden took office, the tax credit increased to $3,000 per child aged 6 and over and $3,600 for children under 6. That full credit was made available to all children including poorer children by eliminating the ‘phase in’ rule which had formerly capped the credit at 15% of a family’s income.
After those first monthly checks were sent out, child poverty in the United States dropped from 15.8% to 11.9% in just one month! Data tracking child poverty started in the 1960s. That 11.9% rate was the lowest on record, possibly the lowest in American history.
The Biden administration is without question, the most diverse in our nation’s history. The administration has the most women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, first generation Americans and first generation college grads.
For the first time, the president’s cabinet is not staffed by a majority of whites. The president’s cabinet also has the largest number of women and a number of firsts. The first woman to be Treasury Secretary, the first Native American to hold a position in the Cabinet, the first female Director of National Intelligence and the first LGBTQ individual to hold a Cabinet position.
If you look to the courts, more African American women have been appointed to the Court of Appeals by President Biden, that’s more than any other president ever. And President Biden put the first African American woman on the bench of the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.
If Americans heard more about the things I have listed above, I am certain the polls wouldn’t look as dismal and words like ‘tsunami’ wouldn’t be used to reference the midterms for Democrats this coming November.
Whether you like him or not, whether you voted for him or not; if you’d going to blame President Biden for things he is not wholly responsible for or in control of, you also need to give him credit for things he has actually done that has, is or will benefit all of us.
Leslie Marshall joined Fox News Channel as a contributor in 2009; providing analysis on both political and social issues from a liberal point of view. A nationally syndicated talk host, whose program, "The Leslie Marshall Show" can be heard on radio, stream, "Tune In," "The Progressive Voices Radio Network," and "The Armed Forces Radio Network."
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A DEMOCRAT?
by George Dillingham
The Democratic Party is comprised of a large number of people of diverse origins, attitudes, and philosophies. By design and tradition, it encompasses a very big tent. As a result, it is difficult to summarize effectively what Democrats stand for. The truth is that Democrats stand for a multiplicity of causes and political philosophies.
In attempting to define the essence of the Democratic Party, it is reasonable to say that many of the beliefs that Democrats hold dearly are embodied in those ringing phrases in the first part of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Certainly, Democrats have proven to be the great champions of the concept that “all men are created equal”. The dramatic advances that minorities, women, and gays have made in being treated as equals before the law have been strongly supported by the great majority of Democrats. The Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were initiated and signed into law by a Democratic President, Lyndon Johnson, and supported by a Democratic majority in congress. The long battle for equal rights for women has been actively supported by the Democratic Party and its members. The recent removal of restrictions on gay marriage and civil unions and discrimination against gays in the military has been largely initiated by Democrats. First and foremost, Democrats believe in equal treatment before the law. Democrats believe that without equal treatment there will be no liberty of the type envisioned in the Declaration of Independence.
Democrats also believe that, in addition to legal equality, we must have reasonable equality of economic conditions. The Democratic Party created programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to provide some measure of basic security for all members of our society. As Democrats, we generally believe that a true democracy cannot survive and prosper unless every citizen has a realistic opportunity to have a roof over their heads, adequate food, and access to medical care. Democrats believe that there can be no real “pursuit of happiness” for a large element of our society unless we reach out to take care of our least advantaged citizens.
Most Democrats possess a healthy dose of skepticism for the ability of our free market system to equitably distribute the benefits of our economy to all stratas of our society. We, therefore, believe that one of the legitimate roles of any government is to attempt to provide basic levels of support for the average wage earner, and especially for the poor, the old, and the disabled. Most Democrats believe strongly that “we are our brother’s keeper”.
These views are in direct contrast to the philosophy of most Republicans who contend that every individual is responsible only for themselves and that government has no legitimate role in attempting to reduce the economic disparities inherently created by a largely unregulated free market economy.
Ultimately, these contrasting values can be reduced to one of compassion for their fellow man by Democrats and the reliance by Republicans on individual responsibility and the glorious benefits bestowed upon us by an unrestrained free market.