Updated: Aug 16
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For all the people who have categorized Joe Biden as “confused,” “senile,” “pre-Alzheimer’s” the oldest president America has ever had has proved all his detractors wrong by signing a flurry of bills in the last week that will significantly improve the lives of American people and make an impact on environmental issues that even the most die-hard climate activists have to acknowledge. In the process, he managed to bring into the fold a coal-friendly Senator from West Virginia and a corporation-friendly Senator from Arizona in a feat of political diplomacy that surely has to give pause to his critics who think he is past it.
Here is a list of his most recent accomplishments –
- The CHIPS and Science Act: A $280 billion package that includes $52 billion in funding to boost US domestic semiconductor manufacturing.
- The Inflation Reduction Act: (awaiting passage in the Democratic-controlled House) Contains a $370 billion climate investment, Medicare drug benefits, and extends a pandemic program that reduced health insurance premiums for 13 million low- and middle-income Americans for three years. It also has a 15% minimum tax on corporations that pays for a chunk of the investments. The act is expected to slash emissions in half by 2030 when compared to 2005 levels.
- The PACT Act: Expands benefits to veterans suffering from exposure to burn pits.
- NATO expansion: Signed a treaty of agreement to become the 23rd country to accept the inclusion of Finland and Sweden in NATO. (total 30 countries needed)
- Blow to Al-Qaeda: Authorized drone attack to take out Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri the Egyptian-born terrorist and physician who served as the second emir of al-Qaeda from June 16, 2011.
Oh, did I mention he did this while suffering from COVID?
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the 2 critical senators from Georgia and we, as citizens of America and the earth, owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the activists in Georgia, including Fair Fight and our own amazing TheySeeBlue Georgia Chapter
for making it possible.
Given the nihilistic statements of the current GOP, it would be wise to remember that these amazing progressive initiatives will be constantly under threat unless we elect more Democrats at the House and Senate. Plus, electing more progressive senators would blunt the impact that Manchin and Sinema have had in making the Inflation Reduction Act more corporate and fossil-fuel friendly.
Let’s spread the word on all the good that the current administration is doing with the help of Democratic representatives in the House and Senate and build momentum for another Blue Wave this November.