Written By: Anton Sawyer
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Que the eye-rolls!
I know right now there are going to be a lot of people rolling their eyes over the fact that this article stems from a lie that President Joe Biden told in regards to the amount of stimulus money the American people will be getting.
“We will finish the job of getting $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it the most,” Biden said, adding that the “$600 already appropriated is simply not enough.”
As we all know, with the release of the official Biden stimulus, the "average American" will be receiving $1,400.
There are going to be a lot of die-hards who will use the reasoning "it's a lot better than nothing/what the Republicans would have given." This might be true, but that still doesn't negate the fact that he made the public statement about what he promised before seeing if it was something that could have been done.
The problem with this choice is two-fold.
First off, he had experience as Vice President to Obama for eight years and was able to witness the controversies first-hand. One of the biggest would have been the blow-back Obama got about lying to the American people about Obamacare and taxes. That was a MASSIVE talking point for Conservatives for years. In fact, when watching this latest inaccuracy portrayed by Biden, and the same conservative mindset towards Obama earlier, it's been used to stoke the fires of the "Ocasio-Cortez v. Biden (Traditional Democrats)" war. Even if you are an ardent Biden supporter, there was one small difference between the Obama lie and the Biden one; Obama's lead to more people getting healthcare (gave them stuff) and Biden's lead to people getting less than what was promised (took stuff away).
The thing Biden should have done was speak to all incoming Republican Senators and House members that were never-Trumpers and realistically saw what could have been done. Since his stimulus plan has come out, there has already begun the dissension. "I see no way this gets 10 Republican Senate votes in its current form," Brian Riedl, a budget expert at the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute in touch with GOP offices, said in an interview. Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan is set to collide with Republicans - and it could force Democrats to scrap measures like a $15 minimum wage to see it pass. Biden is seeking to garner 10 Republican votes for the plan and approve it through "regular order," the usual path for legislation. But it's already running into early Republican opposition ranging from Rep. Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, to Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee.
Had he vetted, met with, and presented that this could have been an opportunity for Republicans who are in jeopardy of losing their primaries to pro-Trump support, that it would give them the leg up in reminding that same base of how much money was secured during their term for the average folk. Then again, I'm not a "real" political analyst, so what do I know?
The second reason this lie is so important is because as a nation we are hyper-sensitive. We have been lied to so much that our tolerance is near zero. We have been fed massive lies for such an alarming rapidity over the last half-decade that unfortunately for Joe, he's the boyfriend that's following an abusive relationship.
He needs to learn that we are so sick of the hyperbole, that he needs to check with all parties involved, see what can ACTUALLY be done, and present that to the people. Credibility is EVERYTHING right now. You have people who had to quit their jobs from political fact-checking over the last four years because it has been so difficult to keep everything straight.
That's what President Biden hasn't figured out yet; the utter confusion has lead to a level of clarity. When you know everything that comes out of the mouth of a world leader is a lie, it numbs perception into thinking that is how it is all going to be—no matter the side of the fence. When people assume that everyone in charge is nothing more than a charlatan, and you are exposed for a non-truth even before you start "day one," it is going to be called out immediately by a cluster of those who have long memories.
Other than the deception, there also needs to be a shift in the mentality of the DNC as an entity.
As much as the mantra from four years ago, "When they go low, we go high," is said in some circles, it needs to change. The GOP went nuclear to get what they wanted, yet Democrats are either too worried about looking good to the intellectuals or those with a specific moral fiber, to go full "Operation: Ground and Pound."
It's a little over-the-top to some, but Democrats have had opportunity after opportunity over the last five decades to keep us where we had upward mobility with relative ease in America. Liberals can point at Reagan, Bush Sr., Bush Jr., and Trump all they want, but to ignore the number of times liberals held both houses of Congress—with or without the presidency—and haven't re-enacted the New Deal statues of the Roosevelt administration, would be ridiculous. But right now, in its even lessened form, it does include measures that follow suit with those ideals of F.D.R. with its federal minimum wage bump. It is a way to ensure that the average taxpayer isn't on the hook for companies like Wal-Mart.
Whether the Biden stimulus or Trump's, the point is to pour money back into the economy through the spending of the average American citizen. Putting more money in their pockets is a definite way to ensure more money gets spent. Raising the minimum wage is a great first step towards this.
To the core-liberals out there, if you truly want to enact change, you have two years. You have to work fast. The GOP didn't care how you felt about all the laws they shoved down the throats of the American people—you need to feel the same.
Of course, if you are a die-hard dem, everything is going to get better. It's going to be light years ahead of the Trump administration, but you cannot be so blinded by joy as to accept mediocrity. The "true liberals" have always spoken in reverence to F.D.R. and his impact on all economic classes. It wasn't popular with many, but it landed him as the only three-term President in American history.
He made it happen, and with the ball in your court, can you?
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