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President Joe Biden's address to the joint session of Congress was perfect. During his first 100 days Biden has proven a extremely difficult target for Republicans to hit as he's successfully painted progressive ideas in a way that the country can get behind. Republicans released a response that was just a re-run of their usual talking points, everything they don't like is socialism. The problem for them, many of the things they are opposing; the vast majority of Americans, both Democrat and Republican support.
President Biden outlined, arguably the most progressive agenda in a generation - yet, as opposed to making the argument left vs right, republican vs democrat, it was couched in a common sense manner that basically all Americans can get behind. It was a massive call for the expansion of government, a spending spree that would be unheard of. But again the problem for Republicans is; most Americans support Biden's policies. Most Americans are behind higher taxes on the rich, most Americans support their taxes not being raised, most Americans support paid family leave, better schools and infrastructure.
In rejecting conservative ideology that Government is the problem, Biden opened his speech reflecting back to the fact that the United States is a Government of the people, by the people, for the people; saying: “Our Constitution opens with the words, ‘We the People.’ It’s time we remembered that ‘We the People’ are the government. You and I. Not some force in a distant capital. Not some powerful force we have no control over. It’s us. It’s ‘We the People.’” This theme, of we the people, need policies that will benefit us - not name calling, not political fights, not just words - but actual policy. A position that hard for Republicans to argue with. For all the talk about the government IS the problem, the fact is people are upset with policies, not the institution, but the policies being produced and last night President Biden delivered a speech full of policies to benefit the people.
Referring to his infrastructure proposal, Biden argued: “Nearly 90 percent of the infrastructure jobs created in the American Jobs Plan do not require a college degree. Seventy-five percent don't require an associate’s degree. The American Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America.” How can republicans oppose that without risking the gains Trump made with blue collar workers?
Biden, a long time politician, showed why he's such a respected figure on both sides of the aisle. Why not the greatest speaker, his ability to break down far reaching policy was head and shoulders better than Obama's professorial lectures that appealed to the left, or Trump's confrontational rants that appealed the the right. Biden's speech was a middle of the road, common sense appeal to all.
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