For President Biden’s first ten days, a Snowstorm of Executive Orders. As expected, most have reversed various Trump disasters: both back together Paris Climate Agreement and the World health organization, Exit the Construction of the border wall, Abolition of the Muslim entry ban and more. Given the new president’s previous preference for compromise over boldness, one might have expected him to be content with merely restoring the status quo at the end of the Obama presidency. Surprisingly, however, Biden has shown in his first ten days that he intends to be a transformative, not a transitional, president – and to launch initiatives beyond those of the Obama era. Finally a Democratic president declares that the era of small government is over.
First up is the $ 1.9 trillion Pandemic aid proposal. Biden’s plan reflects the scale and scope of the threat the Coronavirus stands on livelihood and the need for the federal government to act on a grand scale without being constrained by fears of deficits or inflation.
Your first priority is public health: providing vaccination resources and serving 100,000 public health workers entering low-income communities, nursing homes, prisons and prisons. The second priority is to stem the economic bleeding. This includes essential assistance to state and local governments facing budgetary constraints that otherwise result in firing police officers, firefighters, teachers and other officials. And Biden’s plan is putting money in Americans’ pockets – $ 1,400 per person for most adults, small business grants and help for renters, and a multi-year hike in the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. Third, the rescue package includes assistance in areas critical to getting back to work: resources to reopen schools safely, money to maintain public transport, and tax credits for childcare so parents can return to their offices.
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