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Bidenomics, the damage done, and the need for meaningful amends

 
 
Harry B
 
Sun 9 Jun, 2024 02:12 pm
Dear Biden Voters,

Bravo. Really, hats off to you. It takes a special kind of vision to see past a flourishing economy, low unemployment rates, and a secure border to elect a man who’s managed to bungle every major issue he's touched. As we endure this prolonged economic and social catastrophe, it’s time for you, the Biden voters, to apologize to the rest of us. Yes, it’s time to own up to the mess you helped create.

Remember the golden days of 2016-2020? Sure, Trump's tweets were an endless source of controversy and eye rolls, but guess what? We could actually afford to put gas in our cars and food on our tables. Under Trump's administration, the economy was booming. Unemployment rates hit record lows, especially among minorities, wages were rising, and businesses were thriving. Fast forward to today, and we have inflation rates higher than Snoop Dogg on a Friday night, gas prices that make you want to cry at the pump, and a supply chain that seems more like a cruel joke.

And the pandemic? Yes, it was a global crisis. But Biden’s handling of it has been nothing short of disastrous. Remember the promises of swift recovery and a return to normalcy? Instead, we got mandates, more lockdowns, and an economy that looks like it’s been through a woodchipper. But hey, at least we got to hear him occasionally remember what state he’s in during his meandering, Mr. Magoo like speeches.

Let's talk taxes. Under Trump, many of us enjoyed tax cuts that put more money in our pockets. Biden’s "build back better" strategy seems to be all about building back our tax burden. We’re now dealing with higher taxes, increased living costs, and a government more interested in handing out money to illegal immigrants and single mothers than supporting the hardworking Americans who keep this country afloat. Build back better? More like bring back bullshit.

Speaking of illegal immigration, let’s address the elephant in the room. Under Trump, we had a border that was actually being secured. Illegal crossings were down, and there was a concerted effort to prioritize American citizens. Enter Biden, with his open-border policies and lackadaisical approach to immigration. Now, we’re dealing with an unprecedented surge in illegal immigration, straining our resources, overburdening our social services, and compromising our safety. Sanctuary cities are popping up like weeds, crime rates are soaring, and communities are being stretched to their limits. But sure, let’s just keep welcoming everyone with open arms and an open checkbook.

Then 5 months out from election day Biden realizes that everyone sees exactly how badly their lives are being affected by non-stop illegal immigration, what does he do? As a hail Mary, he copies what made Trump popular in the first place. All a hollow gesture, but further proving Trump to be right all along.

Trump prioritized border security, reducing illegal immigration, and ensuring that American resources were used for Americans first. His policies weren’t about pandering to special interest groups or implementing socialist schemes. They were about making America strong, prosperous, and secure.

Remember energy independence? Under Trump, we were producing more oil than we imported. We weren’t reliant on OPEC's whims, and gas prices were manageable. Biden’s green new deal fantasies have led us back to begging foreign nations for oil while our own energy sector languishes. It's truly a brilliant strategy—if the goal is to cripple the American economy.

Now, let’s turn our attention to the man who can fix this mess: Donald J. Trump. Yes, the man you love to hate, the one who managed to make America energy independent, reduce unemployment to historic lows, and create a thriving economy. But oh no! he said some "mean" things, and engaged in American chauvinism and that sent you into a tizzy of TDS, forever fracturing your thin skinned psyche. To you, the Biden voter, it was much more important to "stick it to Trump", than to use any measure basic common sense that would benefit the entire country including yourselves.

Trump’s approach was straightforward: lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a focus on American jobs. And guess what? It worked. The market thrived, businesses flourished, and people had more money in their pockets. Compare that to Biden’s strategy of throwing money at problems and hoping they disappear. Hey guess what, they don’t.

Oh, Biden voters, your benevolence is truly a sight to behold. It's remarkable how you champion policies from your ivory towers, clutching your luxury beliefs as if they were designer handbags. You know, those lofty ideals that look fabulous on social media but conveniently don’t disrupt your cushy lives. You get to parade your virtue signaling with all the outward-facing vanity of a peacock in full display, all while the real impact of your decisions falls squarely on the shoulders of the working class and poor people.

How delightful it must be to advocate for open borders and sanctuary cities from the comfort of your gated communities and high-rise apartments. It’s easy to be generous with other people’s neighborhoods, isn't it? When was the last time an influx of illegal immigrants impacted your job prospects, your schools, or your local resources? Oh right, never. But it sure does make for a great hashtag, doesn’t it?

And let's talk about your environmental crusades. Your Tesla in the driveway and solar panels on the roof are just the perfect Instagram backdrops. Meanwhile, the working-class families, the ones who can’t afford an electric car or retrofit their homes with the latest eco-friendly tech, are left to deal with the soaring gas prices and energy bills. But hey, as long as you can sip your organic, fair-trade lattes and feel smugly superior about "saving the planet," it’s all worth it, right?

Then there’s your unwavering support for higher taxes and increased regulations. It’s so noble of you to push for policies that supposedly make corporations pay their "fair share," while conveniently ignoring how these costs are passed down to consumers and small businesses. Those mom-and-pop shops that can’t afford a team of accountants to navigate the new tax codes or the working-class families whose budgets are stretched thinner than your patience at a flyover state diner. But don’t worry, your stock portfolio is probably doing just fine, insulated from the economic havoc wreaked by your well-intentioned but poorly thought-out policies.

Your virtue signaling extends to every corner of your lives, from your curated social media posts to your performative outrage over the latest cause du jour. It's all about appearances, isn’t it? As long as you can broadcast your progressive credentials to your equally insulated social circles, who cares about the real-world consequences? Who cares if the working class and poor bear the brunt of the fallout from your high-minded ideals?

So, let’s be clear. Your luxury beliefs might earn you applause at dinner parties and likes on social media, but they’re wreaking havoc on the lives of those less fortunate. The ones who don’t have the luxury to indulge in these lofty ideals without facing real-world repercussions. Maybe it’s time to step down from your high horse and take a good, hard look at the mess your virtue signaling has left behind. An apology is long overdue.

So, Biden voters, it’s time to admit you were wrong. Own up to the fact that your vote has led to economic turmoil, skyrocketing inflation, unprecedented illegal immigration, and a compromised national security. Recognize that you were swayed by empty promises and media hysteria, and understand that those choices have real, tangible consequences.

An apology is in order—not just to Trump voters, but to every American who’s been affected by this economic and social debacle. Apologize for the higher taxes, the increased cost of living, the strain on our social services, and the general sense of chaos that has set in under Biden’s watch. And when Trump takes back the reins, maybe we can start to undo the damage and return to a prosperous, secure America.

Until then, enjoy the high gas prices, the empty store shelves, and the influx of illegal immigrants overwhelming our borders. You voted for this.
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hightor
 
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Mon 10 Jun, 2024 09:05 am
@Harry B,
Oh, our friend Victor Davis Hanson showed up!
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Remember the golden days of 2016-2020?

You mean the constant turmoil in the White House and the two impeachment proceedings? (yes, I know the 2nd impeachment was in 2021)
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And the pandemic? Yes, it was a global crisis.

Yeah, especially in Trump's USA, which had the highest death rate of any advanced country.
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...gas prices that make you want to cry at the pump, and a supply chain that seems more like a cruel joke.

Wake up, Victor – gas prices are dropping, and the pandemic era supply chain crunch (as opposed to problems caused by Houthi attacks in Suez) has been cleared. The Fed's policies have brought inflation way down from the 9% level.
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Under Trump, many of us enjoyed tax cuts that put more money in our pockets.

Sure, Victor, if you were rich. Nothing like heightening the income gap to historic levels to bring a divided nation together.
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Then 5 months out from election day Biden realizes that everyone sees exactly how badly their lives are being affected by non-stop illegal immigration, what does he do?

You forgot the part where Trump prevented a strong bipartisan immigration measure from being brought to a vote because he wanted to exploit the crisis for his own benefit.
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Biden’s green new deal fantasies have led us back to begging foreign nations for oil while our own energy sector languishes.

Bullshit, Victor. The USA is currently the world's largest oil producer. But we need to move away from fossil fuels – a critical fact that Trump doesn't even understand.
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The market thrived, businesses flourished, and people had more money in their pockets.

Trump simply inherited an improving economy and enacted unneeded tax cuts, raising our debt level instead of investing in the economy.
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Compare that to Biden’s strategy of throwing money at problems and hoping they disappear.

Um...just one example – federal money has provided my state's rural population with high speed broadband internet service. Yup, spending money is necessary to address social and economic problems.
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How delightful it must be to advocate for open borders and sanctuary cities from the comfort of your gated communities and high-rise apartments.

I wouldn't know. You have a very skewed view of the Democratic rank and file.
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Recognize that you were swayed by empty promises and media hysteria, and understand that those choices have real, tangible consequences.

Something the MAGA crowd ought to consider.
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Until then, enjoy the high gas prices, the empty store shelves, and the influx of illegal immigrants overwhelming our borders.

Gas prices aren't that high, although OPEC would like to see them climb. Store shelves are not empty. And the entire world is experiencing immigration pressure, not just the US southern border.

It's time for you, Victor Davis Hanson, to apologize for posting such a misleading screed – that is, if you really are Victor Davis Hanson. And if you're not, you should apologize to Victor Davis Hanson. And find a forum habituated by other old, bitter white men, where your lies are less likely to be criticized.


Harry B
 
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Tue 11 Jun, 2024 01:35 am
@hightor,
Ah, the lamentations of a fervent disciple of progressive dogma. How droll. Let us dissect your intellectually jejune diatribe point by point, and illuminate the gaping chasms in your reasoning.

1. The White House Turmoil and Impeachments:
Ah, the ceaseless invocation of the Trumpian tumult. One might almost suspect you to be a professional curator of chaos. However, your fixation on the political theater of impeachment proceedings is as banal as it is myopic. Impeachments, my dear interlocutor, are but the machinations of a polarized political landscape, and to ascribe profound significance to them is akin to mistaking a sideshow for the main event. Do wake up from your reverie of sanctimonious indignation.

2. Pandemic Death Rates:
How charmingly simplistic to attribute the complexities of a global pandemic to a single administration. Your reductionist view is reminiscent of a first-year student grappling with the nuances of epidemiology. Advanced countries, as you so loftily term them, were beset by myriad variables, and the facile assignment of blame reveals a profound ignorance of global health dynamics. It would behoove you to eschew such puerile oversimplifications in favor of a more nuanced understanding.

3. Gas Prices and Supply Chain Issues:
Ah, the economic soliloquy! Gas prices and supply chain resolutions, indeed. One must commend your cursory grasp of macroeconomic factors, yet your celebratory tone regarding the Federal Reserve's policies betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of monetary policy's intricate dance. Inflation, you say, has been tamed? How quaint. Perhaps in your fervor, you overlooked the deleterious long-term effects of such interventions. But why let facts sully your ideological fervor?

4. Income Gap and National Unity:
Heightening the income gap, you lament. The pathos in your tone is almost touching, were it not so utterly devoid of economic acumen. The complexities of wealth distribution are lost amidst your cacophony of clichéd talking points. One wonders if you might deign to consider the multifaceted causes of economic disparity, rather than parroting the reductive rhetoric of class warfare.

5. Immigration Measures:
Ah, immigration – the perennial cudgel with which to bash political adversaries. Your recounting of Trump's actions vis-à-vis immigration legislation is as predictable as it is tiresome. To reduce a multifaceted policy debate to a simplistic narrative of obstructionism is a disservice to the very concept of political discourse. But then, why engage in meaningful analysis when facile condemnations suffice?

6. USA as the Largest Oil Producer:
Ah, the triumphant declaration of America’s oil production supremacy. It’s almost quaint how you trumpet this fact while simultaneously espousing a disdain for fossil fuels. The cognitive dissonance is truly a marvel. You assert that Trump lacks comprehension of the imperative to transition away from fossil fuels, yet you fail to grasp the intricate balance of economic and environmental considerations. The transition to sustainable energy is not a light switch to be flipped at whim but a complex, multi-faceted endeavor. Your simplistic binary thinking is charmingly naïve.

7. Economic Inheritance and Tax Cuts:
Ah, the trope of the undeserved economic inheritance. Your narrative, while predictable, is no less erroneous for its ubiquity. The assertion that Trump merely rode the coattails of an improving economy is a reductionist oversimplification worthy of a freshman term paper. Tax cuts, you decry, as if incentivizing business investment and consumer spending were some nefarious plot. The intricacies of fiscal policy and its long-term economic impacts seem to elude you entirely. But, pray continue, your indignation is most entertaining.

8. Federal Spending on Broadband:
How magnanimous of you to cite federal expenditures as the panacea for societal ills. High-speed broadband for rural areas, you say? A noble cause, indeed. Yet, your glorification of government spending as the ultimate solution betrays a simplistic understanding of economic stimulus and resource allocation. Throwing money at problems without strategic foresight is akin to using a sledgehammer to swat a fly – a spectacle of brute force devoid of precision. But do regale us with more tales of fiscal largesse; they are as amusing as they are misguided.

9. Gas Prices and Store Shelves:
Ah, gas prices and store shelves, the bread and circuses of economic discourse. Your dismissive tone regarding high gas prices and purportedly empty store shelves is as condescending as it is uninformed. While you revel in cherry-picked data points, you conveniently ignore the broader economic trends and supply chain intricacies. Your cavalier attitude towards OPEC’s influence on global oil prices further underscores your superficial grasp of geopolitical economics. But, by all means, continue to bask in your echo chamber of selective facts.

10. Immigration Pressures:
The immigration conundrum, yet another topic ripe for your oversimplified critique. The world is indeed experiencing immigration pressures, yet your blasé dismissal of the specific challenges faced by the US southern border is as myopic as it is disingenuous. The complexities of immigration policy and border security require more than the flippant wave of a hand. Your facile comparisons to global trends do little to address the nuanced realities of national sovereignty and humanitarian obligations.

11. "Apologize to Victor Davis Hanson" (LOL):
Ah, the clarion call for an apology, how quaintly trite. One can almost picture you, clad in a t-shirt emblazoned with pot leaves and middle fingers, furiously typing away in your mother's basement. Your demand for an apology is as ludicrous as it is pitiable. Your puerile insistence on an apology is akin to a flea demanding repentance from the lion it seeks to bite. Adorable, yet utterly inconsequential.

12. Misleading Screed:
The term "misleading screed" – how delightfully pretentious of you to employ such grandiloquence in your baseless accusation. The irony of your own vitriolic and misleading rhetoric is evidently lost on you. Your capacity for self-reflection is as limited as your grasp of nuance. But do continue, your hypocrisy is as entertaining as it is transparent.

13. Forum for Old, Bitter White Men:
Ah, the hackneyed trope of the "old, bitter white men." How original. Your penchant for racist generalizations is truly a testament to your enlightened worldview. Perhaps you imagine yourself a revolutionary, striking a blow against "the patriarchy" from behind your keyboard. Yet, your reliance on tired stereotypes and ad hominem attacks reveals a mind as stagnant as a neglected backwater. Do you also believe that shouting "OK boomer" is the pinnacle of wit?

14. Lies and Criticism:
The notion that "Victor Davis Hanson's ideas" (LOL) are "lies" simply because they diverge from your own myopic worldview is as laughable as it is arrogant. The cacophony of criticism from the echo chamber you inhabit does not constitute objective truth. It is merely the predictable squawking of ideologues bereft of original thought. Your inability to engage in substantive debate is as telling as your fashion choices.

Keep wearing t-shirts emblazoned with pot leaves and middle fingers.

Your comments are a veritable masterclass in vacuousness, adorned with the trappings of juvenile rebellion. Perhaps in the future, you might endeavor to elevate your discourse beyond the confines of your simplistic prejudices and engage with the world in a manner befitting a true intellectual. Until then, do enjoy the warm glow of your self-righteous indignation, for it is the only light that will ever illuminate your benighted mind.
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hightor
 
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Tue 11 Jun, 2024 03:42 am
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Your comments are a veritable masterclass in vacuousness, adorned with the trappings of juvenile rebellion.

This character is really more interested in concocting elaborate putdowns (in purple prose, no less!) of imagined political opponents than engaging in an actual discussion. Thus the manifold of tired cliches on multiple topics, many of which are long past their expiration date ("empty store shelves" were last seen during the first flush of the pandemic during the Trump administration.) Taking his cue from the likes of people such as Steve Bannon, his modus is to "flood the zone with ****," flinging multiple accusations and hiding behind the resulting smokescreen of lies and mischaracterizations. As with so many other "conservatives" who crop up repeatedly on this site under different user names, Harry B's main goal, his only one actually, is not communication, not the determination of facts, not dialogue, not discussion. No, it is much simpler. He shows up here for one sole purpose – to "own the libs". The only one he's fooling is himself.

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Keep wearing t-shirts emblazoned with pot leaves and middle fingers.

How devastating! Laughing
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hightor
 
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Tue 11 Jun, 2024 03:57 am
Violent crime is down and the US murder rate is plunging, FBI statistics show
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Region Philbis
 
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Tue 11 Jun, 2024 05:34 am
@hightor,
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purple prose
(AI-generated, i'm a-guessin'...)
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hightor
 
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Tue 11 Jun, 2024 06:02 am
To be fair, President Trump wasn’t that bad, other than when he incited an insurrection against the government, mismanaged a pandemic that killed over a million Americans, separated children from their families, lost those children in the bureaucracy, tear-gassed peaceful protesters on Lafayette Square so he could hold a photo op holding a Bible in front of a church, tried to block all Muslims from entering the country, got impeached, got impeached again, had the worst jobs record of any president in modern history, pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, fired the FBI director for investigating his ties to Russia, bragged about firing the FBI director on TV, took Vladimir Putin’s word over the US intelligence community, diverted military funding to build his wall, caused the longest government shutdown in US history, called Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate,” lied nearly 30,000 times, banned transgender people from serving in the military, ejected reporters from the White House briefing room who asked tough questions, vetoed the defense funding bill because it renamed military bases named for Confederate soldiers, refused to release his tax returns, increased the national debt by nearly $8 trillion, had three of the highest annual trade deficits in U.S. history, called veterans and soldiers who died in combat losers and suckers, coddled the leader of Saudi Arabia after he ordered the execution and dismembering of a US-based journalist, refused to concede the 2020 election, hired his unqualified daughter and son-in-law to work in the White House, walked out of an interview with Lesley Stahl, called neo-Nazis “very fine people,” suggested that people should inject bleach into their bodies to fight COVID, abandoned our allies the Kurds to Turkey, pushed through massive tax cuts for the wealthiest but balked at helping working Americans, incited anti-lockdown protestors in several states at the height of the pandemic, withdrew the US from the Paris climate accords, withdrew the US from the Iranian nuclear deal, withdrew the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership which was designed to block China’s advances, insulted his own Cabinet members on Twitter, pushed the leader of Montenegro out of the way during a photo op, failed to reiterate US commitment to defending NATO allies, called Haiti and African nations “shithole” countries, called the city of Baltimore the “worst in the nation,” claimed that he single handedly brought back the phrase “Merry Christmas” even though it hadn’t gone anywhere, forced his Cabinet members to praise him publicly like some cult leader, believed he should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, berated and belittled his hand-picked Attorney General when he recused himself from the Russia probe, suggested the US should buy Greenland, colluded with Mitch McConnell to push through federal judges and two Supreme Court justices after supporting efforts to prevent his predecessor from appointing judges, repeatedly called the media “enemies of the people,” claimed that if we tested fewer people for COVID we’d have fewer cases, violated the emoluments clause, thought that Nambia was a country, told Bob Woodward in private that the coronavirus was a big deal but then downplayed it in public, called his exceedingly faithful vice president a “p---y” for following the Constitution, nearly got us into a war with Iran after threatening them by tweet, nominated a corrupt head of the EPA, nominated a corrupt head of HHS, nominated a corrupt head of the Interior Department, nominated a corrupt head of the USDA, praised dictators and authoritarians around the world while criticizing allies, refused to allow the presidential transition to begin, insulted war hero John McCain – even after his death, spent an obscene amount of time playing golf after criticizing Barack Obama for playing (far less) golf while president, falsely claimed that he won the 2016 popular vote, called the Muslim mayor of London a “stone cold loser,” falsely claimed that he turned down being Time’s Man of the Year, considered firing special counsel Robert Mueller on several occasions, mocked wearing face masks to guard against transmitting COVID, locked Congress out of its constitutional duty to confirm Cabinet officials by hiring acting ones, used a racist dog whistle by calling COVID the “China virus,” hired and associated with numerous shady figures that were eventually convicted of federal offenses including his campaign manager and national security adviser, pardoned several of his shady associates, gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two congressman who amplified his batshit crazy conspiracy theories, got into telephone fight with the leader of Australia(!), had a Secretary of State who called him a moron, forced his press secretary to claim without merit that his was the largest inauguration crowd in history, botched the COVID vaccine rollout, tweeted so much dangerous propaganda that Twitter eventually banned him, charged the Secret Service jacked-up rates at his properties, constantly interrupted Joe Biden in their first presidential debate, claimed that COVID would “magically” disappear, called a U.S. Senator “Pocahontas,” used his Twitter account to blast Nordstrom when it stopped selling Ivanka’s merchandise, opened up millions of pristine federal lands to development and drilling, got into a losing tariff war with China that forced US taxpayers to bail out farmers, claimed that his losing tariff war was a win for the US, ignored or didn’t even take part in daily intelligence briefings, blew off honoring American war dead in France because it was raining, redesigned Air Force One to look like the Trump Shuttle, got played by Kim Jung Un and his “love letters,” threatened to go after social media companies in clear violation of the Constitution, botched the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans when he finally visited them, pressured the governor and secretary of state of Georgia to “find” him votes, thought that the Virgin islands had a President, and drew on a map with a Sharpie to justify his inaccurate tweet that Alabama was threatened by a hurricane.

In addition, he allowed White House staff to use personal email accounts for official businesses after blasting Hillary Clinton for doing the same thing, rolled back regulations that protected the public from mercury and asbestos, pushed regulators to waste time studying snake-oil remedies for COVID, rolled back regulations that stopped coal companies from dumping waste into rivers, held blatant campaign rallies at the White House, tried to take away millions of Americans’ health insurance because the law was named for a Black man, refused to attend his successors’ inauguration, nominated the worst Education Secretary in history, threatened judges who didn’t do what he wanted, attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, promised that Mexico would pay for the wall (it didn’t), allowed political hacks to overrule government scientists on major reports on climate change and other issues, struggled navigating a ramp after claiming his opponent was feeble, called an African-American Congresswoman “low IQ,” threatened to withhold federal aid from states and cities with Democratic leaders, went ahead with rallies filled with maskless supporters in the middle of a pandemic, claimed that legitimate investigations of his wrongdoing were “witch hunts,” seemed to demonstrate a belief that there were airports during the American Revolution, demanded “total loyalty” from the FBI director, praised a conspiracy theory that Democrats are Satanic pedophiles, completely gutted the Voice of America, placed a political hack in charge of the Postal Service, claimed without evidence that the Obama administration bugged Trump Tower, suggested that the US should allow more people from places like Norway into the country, suggested that COVID wasn’t that bad because he recovered with the help of top government doctors and treatments not available to the public, overturned energy conservation standards that even industry supported, reduced the number of refugees the US accepts, insulted various members of Congress and the media with infantile nicknames, gave Rush Limbaugh a Presidential medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address, named as head of federal personnel a 29-year old who’d previously been fired from the White House for allegations of financial improprieties, eliminated the White House office of pandemic response, used soldiers as campaign props, fired any advisor who made the mistake of disagreeing with him, demanded the Pentagon throw him a Soviet-style military parade, hired a **** ton of white nationalists, politicized the civil service, did absolutely nothing after Russia hacked the U.S. government, falsely said the Boy Scouts called him to say his bizarre Jamboree speech was the best speech ever given to the Scouts, claimed that Black people would overrun the suburbs if Biden won, insulted reporters of color, insulted women reporters, insulted women reporters of color, suggested he was fine with China’s oppression of the Uighurs, attacked the Supreme Court when it ruled against him, summoned Pennsylvania state legislative leaders to the White House to pressure them to overturn the election, spent countless hours every day watching Fox News, refused to allow his administration to comply with Congressional subpoenas, hired Rudy Giuliani as his lawyer, tried to punish Amazon because the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post wrote negative stories about him, acted as if the Attorney General of the United States was his personal attorney, attempted to get the federal government to defend him in a libel lawsuit from a women who accused him of sexual assault, held private meetings with Vladimir Putin without staff present, didn’t disclose his private meetings with Vladimir Putin so that the US had to find out via Russian media, stopped holding press briefings for months at a time, “ordered” US companies to leave China even though he has no such power, led a political party that couldn’t even be bothered to draft a policy platform, claimed preposterously that Article II of the Constitution gave him absolute powers, tried to pressure the U.K. to hold the British Open at his golf course, suggested that the government nuke hurricanes, suggested that wind turbines cause cancer, said that he had a special aptitude for science, fired the head of election cyber security after he said that the 2020 election was secure, blurted out classified information to Russian officials, tried to force the G7 to hold their meeting at his failing golf resort in Florida, fired the acting attorney general when she refused to go along with his unconstitutional Muslim travel ban, hired Stephen Miller, openly discussed national security issues in the dining room at Mar-a-Lago where everyone could hear them, interfered with plans to relocate the FBI because a new development there might compete with his hotel, abandoned Iraqi refugees who’d helped the U.S. during the war, tried to get Russia back into the G7, held a COVID super spreader event in the Rose Garden, seemed to believe that Frederick Douglass is still alive, lost 60 election fraud cases in court including before judges he had nominated, falsely claimed that factories were reopening when they weren’t, shamelessly exploited terror attacks in Europe to justify his anti-immigrant policies, still hasn’t come up with a healthcare plan, still hasn’t come up with an infrastructure plan despite repeated “Infrastructure Weeks,” forced Secret Service agents to drive him around Walter Reed while contagious with COVID, and told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by”.

Moreover, he fucked up the Census, withdrew the U.S. from the World Health Organization in the middle of a pandemic, did so few of his duties that his press staff were forced to state on his daily schedule “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings,” allowed his staff to repeatedly violate the Hatch Act, seemed not to know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, stood before sacred CIA wall of heroes and bragged about his election win, constantly claimed he was treated worse than any president which presumably includes four that were assassinated and his predecessor whose legitimacy and birthplace were challenged by a racist reality TV show star named Donald Trump, claimed Andrew Jackson could’ve stopped the Civil War even though he died 16 years before it happened, said that any opinion poll showing him behind was fake, claimed that other countries laughed at us before he became president when several world leaders were literally laughing at him, claimed that the military was out of ammunition before he became President, created a commission to whitewash American history, retweeted anti-Islam videos from one of the most racist people in Britain, claimed ludicrously that the Pulse nightclub shooting wouldn’t have happened if someone there had a gun even though there was an armed security guard there, hired a senior staffer who cited the non-existent Bowling Green Massacre as a reason to ban Muslims, had a press secretary who claimed that Nazi Germany never used chemical weapons even though every sane human being knows they used gas to kill millions of Jews and others, bilked the Secret Service for higher than market rates when they had to stay at Trump properties, apparently sold pardons on his way out of the White House, stripped protective status from 59,000 Haitians, falsely claimed Biden wanted to defund the police, said that the head of the CDC didn’t know what he was talking about, tried to rescind protection from DREAMers, gave himself an A+ for his handling of the pandemic, tried to start a boycott of Goodyear tires due to an Internet hoax, said U.S. rates of COVID would be lower if you didn’t count blue states, deported U.S. veterans who served their country but were undocumented, claimed he did more for African Americans than any president since Lincoln, touted a “super-duper” secret “hydrosonic” missile which may or may not be a new “hypersonic” missile or may not exist at all, retweeted a gif calling Biden a pedophile, forced through security clearances for his family, suggested that police officers should rough up suspects, suggested that Biden was on performance-enhancing drugs, tried to stop transgender students from being able to use school bathrooms in line with their gender, suggested the US not accept COVID patients from a cruise ship because it would make US numbers look higher, nominated a climate change sceptic to chair the committee advising the White House on environmental policy, retweeted a video doctored to look like Biden had played a song called “**** tha Police” at a campaign event, hugged a disturbingly large number of U.S. flags, accused Democrats of “treason” for not applauding his State of the Union address, claimed that the FBI failed to capture the Parkland school shooter because they were “spending too much time” on Russia, mocked the testimony of Dr Christine Blasey Ford when she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, obsessed over low-flow toilets, ordered the rerelease of more COVID vaccines when there weren’t any to release, called for the construction of a bizarre garden of heroes with statutes of famous dead Americans as well as at least one Canadian (Alex Trebek), hijacked Washington’s July 4th celebrations to give a partisan speech, took advice from the MyPillow guy, claimed that migrants seeking a better life in the US were dangerous caravans of drug dealers and rapists, said nothing when Vladimir Putin poisoned a leading opposition figure, never seemed to heed the advice of his wife’s “Be Best” campaign, falsely claimed that mail-in voting is fraudulent, announced a precipitous withdrawal of troops from Syria which not only handed Russia and ISIS a win but also prompted his defense secretary to resign in protest, insulted the leader of Canada, insulted the leader of France, insulted the leader of Britain, insulted the leader of Germany, insulted the leader of Sweden (Sweden!!), falsely claimed credit for getting NATO members to increase their share of dues, blew off two Asia summits even though they were held virtually, continued lying about spending lots of time at Ground Zero with 9/11 responders, said that the Japanese would sit back and watch their “Sony televisions” if the US were ever attacked, left a NATO summit early in a huff, stared directly into an eclipse even though everyone over the age of 5 knows not to do that, called himself a very stable genius despite significant evidence to the contrary, refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and kept his promise, and a whole bunch of other things I can’t remember at the moment.

But other than that…

...Erin Gomyo
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Tue 11 Jun, 2024 06:06 am
Biden's first year accomplishments:

What President Biden Has Done - Year One

Restores daily press briefings

Cancel Keystone Pipeline

Reverse Trump's Muslim ban

Require masks on federal property

Rejoins the Paris Climate agreement

Extend Student Loan payment freeze

Extend eviction freeze

Historic stimulus bill passed: - Click to see who was helped - Created nearly 8 million jobs, 200 million Americans fully vaccinated, and unemployment claims are the lowest on average since 1969. It also re-opened 99% of schools and sparked the fastest economic growth in decades

Ends funding for Border wall

Orders agencies to reunite families separated at border by Trump

Orders strengthening of DACA

Rejoins The World Health Organization

Requires non-citizens to be included in the Census

Creates the position of Covid-19 Response Coordinator

Rescinds Trump's 1776 Commission and directs agencies to review actions to ensure racial equity

Prohibits administration members from lobbying or registering as foreign agents for two years after leaving

Invokes defense production act to produce masks, PPE and vaccines

Provide funding to local and state officials to create vaccination sites

Ends transgender military ban

Ends Federal Contracts With Private Prisons

Restores Aid To Palestinians

Suspends new leases for oil & natural gas development on federal land

Restores access to healthcare.gov

Extends fair housing protections to include LGBTQ Americans

Ends support for Saudi Arabia led campaign in Yemen

Withdraws UN sanctions on Iran

Daily Covid deaths reduced in half after one month

Secured enough vaccinations for the entire US population

Historic stimulus bill passed: - Click to see who was helped
Increases poorest 20% of Americans' income by 20% permanently
85% of households receiving stimulus payments
Four provisions which lower Americans’ 2021 tax bills by an average of $3,360
Reduces backlog of Veterans compensation and pension claims by more than half
Created 8 million jobs
200,000,000 Americans vaccinated
Unemployment claims at the lowest levels since 1969

1/3 of America vaccinated in his first 60 days

1/2 million added to Obamacare healthcare rolls in 6 weeks

Extends universal free school lunch through 2022

Commits to cutting U.S. emissions in half by 2030 as part of Paris climate pact

Reverses Trump's Anti-Trans Shelter Rule

Officially recognizes massacre of Armenians in World War I as genocide

Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors and Federal Employees to $15

Cancels all border wall contracts using funds intended for military missions

Creates new operation to crack down on human smuggling

END OF FIRST 100 DAYS

Reverses Trump effort to loosen Arctic drilling restrictions

Restores Transgender Health Protections

Lifts Secrecy of Visitor Logs Cloaked by Trump

Suspends oil and gas leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Restores $1 billion in federal funding for California high speed rail Trump had cut

Grows US Economy 6.4% in 1st quarter - 2021

In first six months regained job numbers lost under Trump administration. (3 million)

Prohibits payday lenders from charging interests rates above that of what individual states allow

Reinstalls rules removed by Trump limiting methane emissions from leaks and flares in oil and gas wells

Enacts massive EO that provides 76 distinct actions to increase competition, reduce monopolies, and provide eliminate laws the unfairly treat workers. Including:
Eliminating non-compete clauses
Stop businesses from collaborating to reduce wages/benefits
Stop big tech companies purchasing competitors to unfairly compete with small businesses
Importation of prescription drugs from Canada and increase support for generics
Hearing aids to be sold over-the-counter
Requiring airlines to refund consumer fees when bags are late or Wi-Fi doesn't work
Crack down on railroads and ocean shipping to reduce costs of transporting goods
Other anti-monopoly legislation with agriculture, banking and internet

2nd quarter 2021 economy grows 6.5% - Economy surpasses pre-pandemic levels.

Achieves historic 45% reduction of poverty levels in first six months

Achieves historic 61% reduction of child poverty in first six months

Reaches goal of vaccinating 70% of adult Americans

Cut Obamacare premiums by 40%

Bans the pesticide chlorpyrifos, linked to neurological damage in young children

PAWS Act, allowing VA to pay for service dogs for veterans

Student Loan Forgiveness:

Round One: Cancels $1 Billion in student Loan Debt

Round Two: Cancels another $1.3 billion in student loan debt

Round Three: Cancels another $500 Million In Student Loan Debt (6/16/21)

Round Four: Erases student debt for students with disabilities - ($5.8 Billion)

Round Five: $1.1 billion in student debt for 115,000 ITT students

(Three more rounds have occurred in 2022)

Forms new Indo-Pacific alliance with UK, Australia allowing for greater sharing of defense capabilities

Adds measles to list of quarantinable diseases

LGBTQ veterans discharged dishonorably for sexual orientation get full benefits

Lifts abortion referral ban on family planning clinics

Ended the 20 Year War in Afghanistan - The longest war in American History

Global leadership bounce back from record lows

Secures agreement of G20 to block corporations from moving jobs or profits overseas in order to avoid paying taxes by establishing a world minimum tax for corporations of 15%

Passes largest infrastructure improvement bill in history

$11 billion in transportation safety programs

$7.5 billion for electric vehicles and EV charging

$2.5 billion in zero-emission buses

$2.5 billion in low-emission buses and $2.5 billion for ferries

$21 billion in environmental remediation

$47 billion for flooding & coastal resiliency and "climate resiliency," including protections against fires

$39 billion to modernize transit, largest federal investment in public transit in history

$25 billion for airports

$17 billion in port infrastructure

$11 billion in transportation safety programs

$11O billion for roads, bridges and other much-needed infrastructure

$40 billion for bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation

$17.5 billion is for other major projects

$73 billion for electric grid and power structures

$66 billion for rail services;

$65 billion for broadband

$1.47B in loans for forgiveness through PSLF program updates, and $2.82B with employer verification

52 year low in unemployment after one year as president

Returns land to Texas family seized for Trump's border wall

Imposes Sanctions on Foreign Persons Involved in Global Illicit Drug Trade

Aside from one Afghanistan strike early on, Biden has ended drone strikes

2.7% average across the board pay raise for federal employees

Ban goods made by Uyghur slave labor

Accelerated Access to Critical Therapies for ALS

Distributes $1.5 Billion to Strengthen School Meal Program

Formally ends combat mission in Iraq

Requiring autos to get 55 MPG by 2026 - Reversing Trump rollbacks - up from 37 MPG we now have

Job growth in Biden's first year tops 6.4 million - Sharpest one year drop in US history

Requires insurance companies to cover cost of at-home covid tests

$14 billion for over 500 projects for 2022 to strengthen supply chain and waterways

Order to fight malicious cyber activity, from both nation-state actors and cyber criminals

Small Business Applications Are 30 Percent Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

Farmers flourish under Biden, see recovery from Trump-era trade wars

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RECORD FIRSTS IN PRESIDENT BIDEN'S FIRST YEAR

President Biden and Vice President Harris delivered results for the American people in their first year in office. The President and Vice President made history growing our economy, addressing the climate crisis, and building a judiciary and government that represents America. Despite unprecedented challenges, 2021 was a year of record progress for working families.

Jobs: President Biden’s first year was the greatest year of job creation in American history, with more than 8 million jobs created.

Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate dropped from 6.2% when Biden took office to 3.9%, the biggest single year drop in American history.

Unemployment Claims: The average number of Americans filing for unemployment has been near its lowest level since 1969. When the President took office, over 18 million were receiving unemployment benefits, today only 2 million are—also the biggest single year drop in history.

Economic Legislation Passed: Most significant by economic impact of any first-year president.

Economy growth is faster than China's for first time in 20 years - Strongest economic growth since 1984

Child Poverty: Experts estimate the lowest child poverty rate ever in 2021.

Expanded Access to Health Care: Nearly 5 million Americans have newly gained health insurance coverage.

Reduced Hunger: The number of households reporting that they sometimes or often did not have enough food to eat dropped by 32%.

Judges Confirmed: More judges confirmed to lower federal courts than any president since President Kennedy.

Judges That Reflect Our Nation: More Black women appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals than any president – even over 8 years – in history.

Cabinet: First majority non-white Cabinet in history, with most women in the Cabinet, including first woman Treasury Secretary, first LGBTQ+ and Native American Cabinet officials, and first woman Director of National Intelligence.

Climate Investments: Largest investments ever in the power grid, electric vehicle chargers, and climate resilience.

Clean Water: Largest investment and national, bipartisan plan to get safe and clean drinking water to all Americans.

Cleaner Cars: Strongest vehicle emissions standards ever to save drivers money at the pump and reduce pollution.

Wind: First-ever approvals of large-scale offshore wind projects.

Personnel: Most diverse Administration in history – most women, people of color, disability, LGBTQ+, first generation American, and first-generation college graduates

Drone airstrikes fell 54% compared to Trump

Worker's Rights: 70% of first year executive orders protect worker's rights

Bankruptcy Filings: Plunged to Lowest Number Since 1985

Agricultural Exports Shattered Records in 2021

Global approval of US up 15 points during Biden's first year

5.4 million new small business applications: 20 percent higher than any previous year on record

Tripled installation of of offshore wind turbines
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Tue 11 Jun, 2024 06:07 am
Year two:

Makes sexual harassment in the military a crime

Economy grows faster than China's for 1st time in 20 years - Strongest economic growth since 1984

Limits the release of mercury from coal-burning power plants

Kills ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi

$5 billion for electric vehicle chargers

Gives $7 billion in frozen Afghanistan funds to compensate 9/11 victims and provide humanitarian aid

Posts $119 billion budget surplus in January; first in over 2 years

Unites world against Russia aggression

Imposes stiff sanctions to stifle Russian economy

Led the Western world in defending Ukraine against Russia's invasion

Ends forced arbitration in sexual assault cases in the workplace

Reinstates California authority to set pollution standards for cars

Ends asylum restrictions for children traveling alone

Clarifies the role of podiatric medicine for Veterans

Reauthorizes and strengthens the Violence Against Women Act

Creates Amache National Historic Site as America’s newest national park

Makes lynching a federal crime

Initiates "use it, or lose it" policy on drilling on public lands to force oil companies to increase production

Releases one million barrels of oil a day for 6 months from strategic reserves to ease gas prices

Rescinds Trump-era policy allowing rapid expulsion of migrants at border and blocks them from seeking asylum

Expunges student loan defaults

Overhauled the US Postal Service's finances to allow the agency to modernize its service

Requires federal dollars spent on infrastructure to use materials made in America

Restores environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects

Launches $6 billion effort to save distressed nuclear plants

Provides $385 million to help families and individuals with home energy costs through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This is in addition to $4.5 billion provided in the American Rescue Plan.

Establishes national registry of police officers who are fired for misconduct

Lifts sanctions on the Rojava and other opposition-held territory in Syria

Tightens restrictions on chokeholds, no-knock warrants, and transfer of military equipment to police departments

Requires all federal Law enforcement officers to wear body cameras

$265 million for South Florida reservoir, key component of Everglades restoration

Major wind farm project off West coast to provide electricity for 1.5 million homes

Continues Obama administration's practice of posting log records of visitors to White House

Devotes $2.1 billion to strengthen US food supply chain

Round 6 student loan debt cancelation: $5.8 billion - This is in addition to $20.7 billion previously cancelled

Invokes Defense Production Act to rapidly expand domestic production of critical clean energy technologies

Enacts two-year pause of anti-circumvention tariffs on solar

Allocates funds to federal agencies to counter 300-plus anti-LGBTQ laws by state lawmakers this year alone

Round 7 of student loan cancellation: $6 billion to 200,000 defrauded borrowers - Bringing total to $31 billion

Relaunches cancer 'moonshot' initiative to help cut death rate

Expands access to emergency contraception and long-acting reversible contraception

Prevents states from banning Mifepristone -- a medication used to end early pregnancy that has FDA approval

Steps to ensure the safety of those seeking and providing abortion care, including by protecting mobile clinics

Protecting privacy, safety and security of patients, providers and clinics

21 executive actions to reduce gun violence

Climate Smart Buildings Initiative: Creates public-private partnerships to modernize Federal buildings to meet agencies’ missions, create good-paying jobs, and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions - Paying for today’s needed renovations with tomorrow’s energy savings without requiring upfront taxpayer funding

Safeguards access to health care, including the right to choose and contraception

Oversees effort to admit Finland and Sweden to NATO

Ends Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy

Operation Fly-Formula bringing needed baby formula – (19 missions to date)

Executive order protecting travel for abortion

Kills Al Qaeda leader and 9/11 architect Al-Zawahiri with no civilian casualties

Invested more in crime control and prevention than any president in history

As of August 2022, unemployment at 3.5% (50 year low)

Gas Prices drop below $4 a gallon

Provides death, disability, and education benefits to public safety officers and survivors who are killed or injured in the line of duty

Round 8 of student loan cancellation: $3.4 Billion dollars of defrauded IT student loans have been cancelled

Reunites 400 migrant families separated under Trump

$1.66 billion in grants to transit agencies, territories, and states to invest in 150 bus fleets and facilities

Brokers joint US/Mexico infrastructure project - Mexico to pay $1.5 billion for US border security and processing source says

Blocked 4 hospital mergers that would've driven up prices and is poised to thwart more anti-competition consolidation attempts

Gets $1.5 billion in new border control security at the border and got Mexico to pay for it

Historic Police Reform

FIRST MAJOR GUN LEGISLATION IN 30 YEARS

• $750 million to implement and run crisis intervention programs

• Ended boyfriend loophole – Previously only married people convicted of domestic abuse were banned from owning firearms. The new law extends it to people who are dating

• Requires gun sellers to register as Federally Licensed Firearm Dealers

• More thorough reviews of people ages 18-21 who want to buy guns

• New statutes against gun trafficking and straw trafficking

• Increases funding for mental health programs and school security
THE PACT ACT

• Ensures high-quality health care screenings and services to veterans exposed to potential toxic exposure

• Extends period of time veterans have to enroll in VA health care from 5 to 10 years post discharge

• Codifies VA’s new process for evaluating and determining exposure and service connection for various chronic conditions

• Removes need for certain veterans and their survivors to prove service connection if diagnosed with one of 23 specific conditions

• Requires VA to conduct new studies of veterans health trends

• Provides critical resources to VA to ensure delivery of

• Invests in VA health care facilities by authorizing 31 major medical health clinics and research facilities in 19 states
THE CHIPS ACT

• Provides $52.7 billion to secure domestic supply of American made semi-conductor chips, create tens of thousands of good-paying, union construction jobs and thousands more high-skilled manufacturing jobs, and catalyze hundreds of billions more in private

• $39 billion in manufacturing incentives

• $2 billion for the legacy chips used in automobiles and defense systems

• $13.2 billion in R&D and workforce development

• $500 million to provide international information communications technology security and semiconductor supply chain activities

• Provides a 25 percent investment tax credit for capital expenses for manufacturing of semiconductors and related equipment
THE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT OF 2022

Climate:

• Largest climate investment in history - Will reduce 40% amount of carbon released into atmosphere by 2030

• Defines greenhouse gases as a pollutant making them subjected to pollution laws

• $370 billion for U.S. energy security and fighting climate change

• Tax incentives for switching to electricity to power homes and vehicles

• $60 billion invested creating millions of new domestic clean manufacturing jobs and 550,000 new clean energy jobs

• Will quadruple the number of solar panels over the next 8 years

• Cuts energy bills by $500 to $1,000 per year

• Doubles battery storage on the grid

• Invests in disadvantaged communities

Health:

• $62 billion to extend subsidies for health insurance under the ACA

• Provides free vaccines (2023), $35/month insulin for Medicare patients, (2023) and caps out-of-pocket drug costs to an estimated $4,000 or less in 2024 and settling at $2,000 in 2025

• Lowers health care costs of the average enrollee $800/year in the ACA marketplace

• Allows Medicare to negotiate 100 drugs over the next decade, and requires drug companies to rebate price increases higher than inflation

Inflation Reduction:

• Significantly Lowers energy and health care costs for families

• Reduces Deficit by $313,000,000,000

• Closes tax loopholes used by wealthy: a 15% corporate minimum tax, a 1% fee on stock buybacks and enhanced IRS enforcement

• Protects families and small business making under $400,000 a year

The Cost • $485 billion of new costs would be offset with $790 billion of additional revenue and savings over a decade.

Total Revenue Raised: $737 billion

• 15% Minimum tax on corporations with profits exceeding $1 billion

• Prescription Drug Pricing Reform: $265 billion

• IRS Tax Enforcement: $124 billion

• 1% Stock Buybacks Fee: $74 billion

• Loss Limitation extension: $ 52 billion

Deficit Reduction:

• $313 billion dollars
STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS (Round 8 and by far the largest)

• $20,000 for everyone with Pell Grants

• $10,000 for everyone else making less than $125,000 for individuals & $250,000 married couples

• Payments again paused until the end of 2022

• Payments for undergrad loans capped at 5% of your income (previously was 10%)

• This is addition to the 8 previous rounds of debt cancellation totally $35 billion

• 20-40 million people will benefit

• Codifies DACA into law - Allows dreamers (children of immigrants born in US) ability to work and stay in US
Declares Moonshot Style Effort to Cure Cancer

• Hires Dr. Renee Wegrzyn as the inaugural Director of ARPA-H, a new agency to drive biomedical innovation

• Launches National Biotechnology and Manufacturing Initiative

• Cancer Cabinet’s progress towards delivering cancer detection tech and support for researchers across US

Infrastructure Projects in Individual States Created by Infrastructure Bill

All-Time Low Uninsured rate

10 million jobs—more than ever created before at this point of a presidency

3.5% unemployment rate—a near record low in the history of this country

Best Economic growth in over two decades (yes that has been adjusted for inflation)

More than 220 million Americans were vaccinated

Record small business creation

Round nine of student loan forgiveness - $1.5 Billion for defrauded college borrowers

Biden created DOJ task force dismantles human smuggling organization near Texas-American border

Intervened to prevent nation-wide rail strike which would have caused national economic disaster

Blocks Chinese investments in US tech

Eliminates statute of limitations for civil suits for people who were sexually abused as minors

Pardons thousands for simple possession of marijuana

Reevaluating how cannabis is classified. Currently it is schedule I like heroin - Meth & coke are schedule II

Reunited over 500 families separated at the border by Trump policies

Puts new limits on drone strikes including requiring the presidential approval

Brokered deal between Israel and Lebanon ending maritime boundary dispute and establish a permanent maritime boundary between them

PAWS Act: Requires zoos, commercial animal dealers, and research facilities to have contingency plans in place to evacuate and care for animals in an emergency or disaster situation

Increases veterans’' life insurance benefit coverage to $500,000. First increase in 17 years

Ensures US is not funding or participating in human trafficking of 3rd world-country workers through our contracts overseas

Enacts aggressive steps to improve quality of nursing homes

Codifies Gay Marriage into law - Protects Same-Sex and Interracial Marriage

Prohibits private possession of big cats and prohibits exhibitors from allowing direct contact with cubs

Electrifies US Postal trucks by 2026

Stops the forcing out of pregnant workers, or denying reasonable accommodations

Extended health care funding for the 9/11 first-responders and survivors

Streamlined Veterans home loans, provided way to transfer GI Bill benefits to new school, and provided support for survivors of military sexual trauma.

Year Two Accomplishments:

4.5 million jobs added in year two - Over 11 million jobs added in first two years

Unemployment rate at 50 year low

Cuts budget deficit in half - $1.4 trillion deficit reduction is the largest single-year reduction in US history

Greatest year in history for new small business applications - (over 10 million new businesses created)

Record number of Americans having health insurance

This Senate has confirmed 97 federal judges

Limit China’s technological development breaking decades of federal policy and represents most aggressive American action yet to curtail Beijing’s economic and military rise

Appointed more black women to the court than any president in history

Brokers deal with 13 Indo-Pacific countries to coordinate supply chains to reduce dependence on China
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Tue 11 Jun, 2024 06:08 am
Year three:

Got republicans to publicly take Social Security and Medicare cuts off the table

Reduced unemployment from 18 million when he took office, down to less than 2 million now

Banned Tik Tok on government sites

Vaccines for tetanus, whooping cough, and shingles (costing up to $200) are now free for seniors on Medicare

Requires utilities to remove perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS) from drinking water

Makes $450 million available for solar farms and other clean energy projects at current or former coal mines

732-mile high-voltage transmission line across the Western U.S. that will help transport renewable energy

Directs federal agencies to find ways to make child care cheaper and more accessible

IRS answered 2.4 million more taxpayer calls for assistance due to new funding

$197 million for 100 communities across our nation to invest in wildfire resilience

Safeguard mature and old-growth forests on federal lands, in a science-based approach to reduce wildfire risk

Strengthen reforestation partnerships to support local economies and retain forest ecosystems and sustainable supplies of forest products for years to come

Combat global deforestation to deliver on key COP26 commitments

Comprehensive efforts to deploy nature-based solutions that reduce emissions and build resilience

Added threat of detention and kidnapping to risk factors of travel warnings

Increased consequences to terrorists who engage in the practice of kidnapping

Rail companies grant paid sick days after administration pressure in win for unions

$4 billion effort to electrify U.S. ports and cut emissions

Average job creation almost double any recent president

To date has forgiven $42 billion of student loan debt to borrowers of public service

Record 10.5 million new business applications were filed in first two years of Biden administration

Invests $11 billion for renewable energy in rural areas

US is now building factories at a wildly fast rate

Construction spending by US manufacturers more than doubled from last year

Offered billions of dollars in subsidies in the electric vehicles, semiconductor, and solar panels industries

Added 800,000 jobs in manufacturing in last two years to compete with countries such as China

Got Ticketmaster and Seat Geek to dump junk fees

The Inflation Reduction Act will provide one million solar and wind jobs by 2035

Doubled previous all-time high of new manufacturing construction

Continues negotiations and gets paid sick days for rail workers

Executive order to guarantee women access to contraception - (more will need to be done to make it permanent)

Eliminates US stockpile of chemical weapons

Largest offshore wind project in the US

Round 10 of student loan cancellation: $39 billion for over 800,00 borrowers

Gets big tech commitments to voluntary follow AI guidelines (Including Google, Meta, Microsoft and Amazon)

Stock Market gains in 2023 are the best in decades

Creates Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument - One million acres

Construction of manufacturing facilities in real terms (adjusted for inflation) has more than doubled since 2021

Launches "Saving on a Valuable Education" (SAVE): An income-driven repayment plan cutting borrowers’ payments in half, and some with no monthly bill

Creates bilateral collaboration helping Vietnam develop high tech in semiconductor production and artificial intelligence, countering Chinese efforts to do the same in the region

$800 Million to Strengthen Rural Infrastructure and Create Jobs

Round 11 of student debt forgiveness: 12,000 Wisconsinite Student Loans Forgiven

Siemens Kenosha factory to produce solar using tax incentives and will create a half million clean energy jobs

Suspends Trump-era authorization to ship natural gas by rail

Cancels oil and gas leases in Alaskan wildlife refuge that were allowed by Trump administration

Restores power of states and tribes to review projects to protect waterways

Creates 9-state offshore wind supply chain pact while funding $72m towards manufacturing

American Climate Corps launched

DOD to review DADT discharges

At-home COVID tests return

EPA announces $4.6B climate grants

TPS redesignated for Venezuela, protecting additional 450k migrants

$37M University of Phoenix debt forgiven

EO for East Palestine recovery

Prohibits Americans from investing in some Chinese companies

Directs Agencies to Account for Climate Change in Budgets

Creates new office of gun violence prevention

Commits $200 million to reintroduce salmon in Columbia River

$230 million for suicide prevention and behavioral are programs for at risk communities

Cuts funding to college programs leaving grads with unaffordable loans and/or low pay

All schools must provide prospective students with a framework outlining actual costs to get a degree and financial outcomes students can expect

Today’s announcement brings the total approved debt cancellation by the Biden-Harris Administration to $127 billion for nearly 3.6 million Americans.

Round 12 of student loan forgiveness of $5.2 billion bring total to $127 billion

Updated federal prevailing wage for first time in decades, raising wages by thousands of dollars

During very tense times, visits Israel and gets them allow humanitarian aid to Gaza

Creates the largest ever offshore windfarm of Virginia's coast

Supports UAW strike resulting in a 30% increase of wages

October economics report shows stunning improvement

---34th consecutive month of job growth (150,000 jobs in October)

---Longest stretch of unemployment below 4% since the 1960s

---GDP surged this past quarter 5% (seasonally adjusted)

---Federal Reserve announces interest rates are holding steady

---Auto Strike over! Workers get substantial pay raises (30%)

Eliminates co-payments, enrollment fees and monthly premiums for WWII veterans

Climate Corps sees 42,000 sign-ups since inception

Establishes White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research

Reestablishes open and direct communication with China

Brokers deal with Israel & Hamas for release of hostages

Brokers deal to allow Humanitarian aid into Gaza

Child poverty rates fall from 12.6% to 5.8% due to Biden's Expanded Child Tax Credits

2.9 million kids escape poverty

Another 813,000 people have their student loan debt wiped out

Supply chain backlogs are now at the lowest levels in 25 years.

Inflation is at the lowest rate since Biden took office early 2021

New small business applications continue at record rates: https://i.redd.it/ppmxb6z0bq3c1.png

Delivered largest economic recovery plan since Roosevelt

Delivered the largest infrastructure plan since Eisenhower

Confirmed the most judges since Kennedy

Delivered with Obama the second-largest healthcare bill since Johnson

Delivered the largest climate change bill in history

Dow Jones hits 37k for the first time in US history

Authorizes biggest pay raise for troops in more than two decades, despite objections from many conservatives

Brokers ceasefire between Congo and Rwanda, averting major humanitarian crisis

5.2% pay raise for military and federal workers - largest since carter administration

Pardons thousands who were convicted of use and simple possession of marijuana on federal lands

Provides $1 billion for low-emission school buses

$623m in funding to boost electric vehicle charging points

Provides summer grocery money to 21 million kids

Rescinds much of Trump ‘conscience’ rule for health workers

Reached Conservation Records in 2023 - Safeguarding public lands at a record rate

$1B in awards for clean school buses

Boots Uganda from trade deal over their "Kill the Gays" law

Awards $162M to expand computer chip factories in Colorado and Oregon

Round 13 of student loan forgiveness: Borrowers receiving less than $12,000 in federal loans and have been paying off balances will get remaining student debt cancelled immediately

Round 14 of student debt forgiveness: Another 74,00 have their student loans forgiven

Third year accomplishments:

World's best post-pandemic recovery by far: Doubles all nations except Japan

Job creation at 40 times the rate of the last 3 republican presidents - More than double Clinton and Obama

Longest period of under 4% unemployment since 1969

Created 14 million jobs since he took office - More than any president in history did in four years

16 million applications filed to start small businesses

3.7% unemployment - numbers we have not seen since 1960's

Wages are up more than inflation

Economy grew by 5% in the last quarter

Lowest inflation rate of any major economy in the world

Oil production reaches its largest volume in recorded history

Majority of Biden’s appointed judges are women, racial or ethnic minorities – a first for any president

Growth shatters expectations: GDP expands 3.1% - a year beginning with heavy odds of a recession

Black unemployment rate lower under Biden than any other administration (4.7%) - Compared to black unemployment under Trump was 2nd worst number in history, reaching over 16%

Added a record-setting 32.4 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity in 2023

Largest one year decline in homicides in 50 years
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hightor
 
  5  
Tue 11 Jun, 2024 06:12 am
Year four, so far:

Growth shatters expectations: GDP expands 3.1% - a year beginning with heavy odds of a recession

Job creation 40 times rate of last 3 republican presidents - More than double Clinton and Obama

Black unemployment rate lower under Biden than any other administration (4.7%) - Compared to black unemployment under Trump was 2nd worst number in history, reaching over 16%

$1 Billion to replace the Blatnik Bridge connecting WI - MN

$600 million to replace the I-5 Bridge between Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, with an earthquake-resistant, multimodal bridge.

$427 million to establish the first offshore wind terminal on the West Coast, off California.

$372 million to replace Cape Cod's nearly 90-year-old Sagamore Bridge.

$300 million for a new container terminal for the Port of New Orleans.

$95 million to widen a 10-mile section of I-10 through the Gila River in Arizona.

$142 million to fix the I-376 corridor in Pittsburgh, including an area infamously known as "the bathtub" due to its regular flooding.

$150 million to reconnect communities divided by the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York built in the mid-1900s.

Modernizes American port infrastructure

$3B investment for high speed internet for rural communities

$623 million to build EV charging network

Awards nearly $163 billion in federal contracts to small businesses

$426 million for Northern California offshore wind farm

Post-pandemics recovery is by far the most successful in the world

US oil production hits all-time high

Rescinds Trump-era "Denial of Care" rule that allowed health care workers to deny medical care to patients because of their personal religious or moral belief

Launches $11 billion on semiconductor-related research and development including $5 billion National Semiconductor Technology Center

US Trade Deficit With China Narrows to Lowest Since 2010

$250 million to modernize airports in 37 states

$4.4 million to upgrade Maine's power grid

Violent crime drop significantly since 2020

$5.8 billion to clean up nation’s drinking water and upgrade infrastructure

Round 15 of student loan forgiveness: $1.2 billion of federal student loans

Orders cybersecurity regulations for port operators similar to standardized safety regulations preventing injury and damage to people and infrastructure

$500 million to combat wildfire and improve resilience

$1 billion deal with Oregon, Washington, and 4 Columbia River tribes to revive Northwest salmon population

$1.7 billion package to fund initiatives aimed at ending hunger across the United States by 2030

$1 billion toward cleaning up 110 contaminated sites

$28 billion towards substance abuse treatment

$366 million to accelerate clean energy deployment in rural and remote areas

Implemented new rule that cuts credit card late fees $32 to $8

Allows student loan borrowers to repay based on income providing affordable payments and eventual student loan forgiveness

Directs DOJ to issue regulations giving clear protections of sensitive data from access by countries of concern

Bans asbestos

Funds program to fund coast-to-coast bicycle path without hitting a road

Commits $6B to cut emissions from high-carbon industries

Lends $1.5B to restart Michigan nuclear power plant

Allocates $750 million for hydrogen research and development

Restores threatened species protections dropped by Trump

Blocks mining on more than 221,000 acres of federal land in Colorado

First National standard ever for reducing harmful chemicals in drinking water

"Last resort" program keeps tens of thousands of American veterans who were in danger of losing their homes

America's economy growing at double the rate of all other G7 countries

Adds Title IX protections for LGBT students, forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

Shields millions of acres of Alaskan wilderness from drilling and mining

$7 billion in federal grants for residential solar projects serving 900,000-plus households

Extends rule requiring overtime pay to workers making under $58,000 annually

Requires airlines to give cash refunds for canceled and significantly delayed flights

Establishes standards to eliminate emissions from new federal buildings by 2030

Lays out conditions for national goal to cut emissions from freight shipping down to zero

Bans most noncompete employment agreements preventing workers from joining competing businesses or launching ones of their own

Reinstates net neutrality

Prohibits federally funded health providers & insurers from discriminating on basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

Canadian Solar, one of the largest solar manufacturing companies in the world coming back to the US, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act

Round 16 of student debt forgiveness: Clears $6 billion in debt for closed art school’s students

In 2021 only three states supplied 12 months of post partum care - Three years later 46 states now do

Online platforms and social media companies required to report child sex trafficking and online enticement to NCMEC’s tip line

Bans Russian uranium imports

$16 billion investments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Round 17 of student debt forgiveness: $7.7 billion for over 160,000 borrowers

Free online tax filing program piloted this year made permanent and scope will be expanded

Executive action ordering the closure of border cutting asylum claims in half (according to FOX News)

RESULTS:

COVID-19 vaccination program saved $732 billion, averting illness and related costs during the Delta and Omicron variant waves, with a return of nearly $90 for every dollar spent

Black unemployment at 4.7% - The lowest in US history

Stock market at record highs - Above 40,000 for the first time in history

13.2 million jobs added

Record number of states with unemployment rates at or below 3%

National unemployment rate below 4% for the longest stretch in more than 50 years
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Harry B
 
  -3  
Tue 11 Jun, 2024 09:39 am
@hightor,
Hey guess what?

I've got a real simple question for you that doesn't require you copying and pasting walls of text that no one will ever read.

If you weren't allowed to engage in luxury beliefs that hurt others while not affecting yourself, would you ever take responsibility for your own bad choices?

How would you deal with your life if you didn't have the ability to blame "old white men" for all your problems?

How will you deal with life once brics dethrones the U.S. (entirely thanks to Biden's actions and economic decisions since 2/24/22) and sends the country into a great depression that could rival the fall of Rome?

Will you have time to 'stick it to Trump' when you're eating your house pets in order to survive?
hightor
 
  4  
Tue 11 Jun, 2024 11:03 am
@Harry B,
Quote:
Hey guess what?

Who farted?
Quote:
If you weren't allowed to engage in luxury beliefs that hurt others while not affecting yourself, would you ever take responsibility for your own bad choices?

I'm unaware of any psychological system which differentiates beliefs as to their luxury or austerity. I don't understand the point you are trying to make. After all, it's not beliefs that hurt others, it's actions prompted by those beliefs.
Quote:

How would you deal with your life if you didn't have the ability to blame "old white men" for all your problems?

I don't see that there would be any change since I haven't experienced any problems caused by "old white men". I'm don't know what you are talking about.
Quote:
How will you deal with life once brics dethrones the U.S. (entirely thanks to Biden's actions and economic decisions since 2/24/22) and sends the country into a great depression that could rival the fall of Rome?

I'm not concerned about an economic doomsday which might actually forestall an environmental doomsday. Your question is based on a projected fantasy which may or may not come to pass. I'm not sure I understand your argument as presented.
Quote:
Will you have time to 'stick it to Trump' when you're eating your house pets in order to survive?

Why would I eat domestic pets when I have a yard full of chickens and my neighborhood is overrun with gray squirrels and whitetail deer? And as an insignificant individual, I don't have any ability to "stick it to Trump", all I can do is comment on his behavior from a distance – I'm not sure what you're asking.
Quote:
I've got a real simple question for you...

Which one of the four posed questions are you referring to?
thack45
 
  3  
Tue 11 Jun, 2024 11:17 am
While we await this real simple question, I'll just wonder aloud why someone who copy/pasted a post blaming boomers for all our problems would bristle at the idea of blaming old white men for all our problems.
Harry B
 
  -2  
Tue 11 Jun, 2024 04:38 pm
@hightor,
Who farted?

Oh, that must be your personality finally escaping.

It's adorable that you think throwing in a quote makes your rambling sound more intellectual. Did you copy-paste that from a forum where people pretend to know what they're talking about?

And as for the bit about not experiencing problems caused by "old white men," well, denial is a powerful thing, isn't it? Keep living in that blissful bubble of ignorance; it must be so cozy in there.

It's fascinating how you can use so many words to say so little. If you ever get tired of misunderstanding basic concepts, there's a world of knowledge out there waiting for you—just not in the mirror.

It's impressive how you can dismiss an entire economic scenario with such a wave of your hand. Who knew preventing environmental catastrophe was as easy as ignoring reality? I guess you'll just blissfully ride the waves of your fantasy while the rest of us deal with the actual world.

Picture this: the mighty US economy, once the unchallenged titan of the global stage, reduced to a mere shadow of its former self, all thanks to the brilliant economic maneuvers of the Biden administration. Enter BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), a coalition of nations ready to topple the American empire and send us all into a societal collapse that would make the fall of Rome look like a minor hiccup.

First, let’s marvel at the sheer genius of economic policies that have paved the way for this impending doom. Since February 24, 2022, Biden’s decisions have been nothing short of spectacularly misguided. One can only stand in awe as we watch inflation skyrocket, supply chains crumble, and the national debt balloon to astronomical proportions. Bravo, Mr. President, bravo. It’s almost as if he’s following a carefully crafted script to ensure the complete and utter destruction of the US economy.

But the real pièce de résistance will be when BRICS, finally dethrones the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Picture it now: the value of the dollar plummets, the stock market crashes, and Americans are left scrambling for the basics of survival. Hyperinflation will become the new norm, with prices of everyday goods soaring to unimaginable heights. Families will be forced to choose between heating their homes and putting food on the table. Retirement savings? Wiped out. Social services? Decimated. Goodbye middle class, hello breadlines and bartering. We’ll be lucky if we can trade a gallon of gas for a loaf of bread.

Amid this financial Armageddon, let’s not forget the role of our beloved environmental activists. These modern-day prophets of doom, with their cult-like fervor, have managed to hijack the national agenda. Their mantra? Climate change is the imminent threat we must all bow down to. Forget the crumbling economy or the rising unemployment rates. No, what we really need to focus on is banning plastic straws and taxing cow farts.

These activists have mastered the art of fearmongering, whipping the public into a frenzy over an environmental apocalypse that may or may not happen. The way they carry on, you’d think the world was going to burst into flames any minute now. It’s almost adorable how they demand we funnel billions of taxpayer dollars into their green initiatives, all while the country teeters on the edge of economic collapse.

Let’s be real here. Environmental issues are not the immediate existential threat they’re made out to be. Yet, thanks to the relentless pressure from these eco-cultists, our government is more than happy to divert precious resources away from more pressing concerns. Infrastructure crumbling? Who cares, as long as we’re planting trees and installing solar panels. Healthcare system in shambles? No problem, let’s build more wind turbines. Of course everyone knows that you can feed your family, not with bread, but with wind turbines!!

One can’t help but marvel at the sheer audacity of it all. The country is on the brink of a depression that could rival the fall of Rome, and yet, we’re being strong-armed into prioritizing environmental issues that, quite frankly, pale in comparison to the immediate threat of economic ruin. It’s like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic while the ship is sinking. The science on climate change isn't even fully agreed upon; yet, we’re treating it like the only crisis worth addressing while our economy teeters on the edge of the abyss.

As we brace for the inevitable societal collapse brought on by BRICS dethroning the US economy, let’s take a moment to applaud the environmental activists for their unwavering dedication to their cause of wasting taxpayer money on bullshit.

Here’s to a future of economic despair, all in the name of saving the planet. Cheers!

And this is exactly why Biden voters owe an apology to everyone who isn't a nitwit.

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Harry B
 
  -2  
Tue 11 Jun, 2024 04:39 pm
Aristotle on why multi ethnic societies don't work:

"For Aristotle, democracy is only possible within homogeneous ethnic groups, while despots have always reigned over highly fragmented societies. A multi-ethnic society is thus necessarily anti-democratic and chaotic, for it lacks philia, this profound, flesh and blood fraternity of citizens. Tyrants and despots divide and rule, they want the city divided by ethnic rivalries. The indispensable condition for ensuring a people's sovereignty accordingly resides in its unity."

Using Aristotle's quote, we can discuss the impact of illegal migration on the US:

Illegal migration, particularly in the context of a multi-ethnic society like the United States, challenges the very fabric of democracy according to Aristotle's understanding. Aristotle believed that democracy thrives within homogeneous ethnic groups where citizens share a profound sense of fraternity, or philia. In such societies, citizens are more likely to trust and cooperate with one another, fostering a sense of unity that is essential for democratic governance.

However, in a multi-ethnic society like the US, illegal migration can introduce challenges to this unity. The influx of individuals from diverse backgrounds, who may not share the same cultural or historical experiences, can lead to fragmentation and ethnic rivalries. This fragmentation is fertile ground for despots and tyrants, who historically have sought to divide societies in order to maintain control.

Furthermore, the presence of illegal migrants can strain resources and services, leading to social and economic tensions that further erode unity. In this context, Aristotle would argue that ensuring the sovereignty of the people in a multi-ethnic society requires a concerted effort to promote unity and fraternity among citizens, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds.

Aristotle's insights remind us of the importance of unity in maintaining democratic societies, particularly in the face of challenges such as illegal migration. It underscores the need for thoughtful and inclusive policies that seek to bridge divides and foster a sense of common purpose among all citizens.
Harry B
 
  -1  
Tue 11 Jun, 2024 04:40 pm
@thack45,
Hits a bit too close for comfort eh? Does it chafe?

The boomers are the most powerful voting block through the AARP lobbyists, as well as being well documented as the most selfish and solipsistic generation in human history. The evidence of that is in every facet of society. Go ask the zoomers how they feel about their prospects of owning a home or starting a family.

They stole from every other generation instead of earning their own wealth, and that includes stealing from their children, grand children, and successive unborn generations. All to fund their "me first" lifestyle and live unnaturally longer than anyone else in comfort.

My essay hit far too close to the bullseye. And that is why it was shut down with comments disabled.
bobsal u1553115
 
  4  
Tue 11 Jun, 2024 09:04 pm
@Harry B,
What a load of crap.
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bobsal u1553115
 
  3  
Tue 11 Jun, 2024 09:05 pm
@Harry B,
Aristotle has been out of the loop for a couple of thousand years. What is his qualifications to speak on the American economy, the strongest in the world????
 

 
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