It is no secret that President Joe Biden’s boldly progressive legislative agenda aimed at improving the lives of the American people faces some hurdles on its journey to fruition, from Republican opposition to disagreements within the Democratic Party. Thankfully, recent polls show that a comfortable majority of the voting population remains supportive of what Biden campaigned on accomplishing.
On Saturday, Biden reassured a pandemic-weary and economically cautious nation that he will not stop fighting for the promises of change that elevated him into the White House last November, and he was very honest about how difficult the path forward will be.
“Everybody’s frustrated, it’s part of being in government, being frustrated,” Biden said before departing for his Wilmington, Delaware home, adding that he will ”work like hell” to deliver the goods.
While the president admitted that the arduous negotiations with lawmakers on Capitol Hill over his infrastructure bill, spending proposal, climate change mitigation, and tax increases on the wealthy and giant corporations will likely drag on, he also said that he intends to traverse the states to sell the importance of his plans to Americans across the political spectrum.
“I’m going to try to sell what I think the American people will buy. I believe that when the American people are aware of what’s in it we’ll get it done,” he said, noting that there is still “plenty of time to change the tax code for people next year.”
The most urgent issue facing Congress, however, is the raising of the debt ceiling, a failure of which would all but certainly trigger a global financial catastrophe.
Biden rightly pointed out that the only ones standing in the way of avoiding a devastating, first-ever default on the national debt are members of the GOP.
“I hope that the Republicans won’t be so irresponsible as to refuse to raise the debt limit and to filibuster the debt limit,” said Biden. “That would be totally unconscionable. Never been done before. And so I hope that won’t happen.”
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