The President Is On FIRE!

I know that quite often people, even those within his own party, see President Joe Biden as too meek, too weak, not strong enough to stand up to the challenges before him, but I think if there was ever any doubt, his speech at the DNC rally yesterday should have put those doubts to bed!  Here are a few excerpts from that speech:

In 2020, you and 81 million Americans voted to save our democracy. That’s why Donald Trump isn’t just a former president. He is a defeated former president.

[Republicans] have made their choice to go backward, full of anger, violence, hate, and division. We’ve chosen a different path: Forward, the future, unity, hope, and optimism.

The whole notion of the burn-it-all-down politics and MAGA Republicans continues to be a drumbeat.

In this moment, those of you who love this country — Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans — we must be stronger, more determined, & more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are to destroying America.

There are not many real Republicans anymore. By the way, your sitting governor [Larry Hogan], he’s a Republican you can deal with. I respect conservative Republicans. I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans.

MAGA Republicans don’t have a clue about the power of women. Let me tell you something—they are about to find out.

If we elect two more [Democratic] senators, we got a lot of unfinished business we’re going to get done. Folks, look, we’re going to codify Roe v Wade. We’ll ban assault weapons, we’ll protect Social Security & Medicare, and we’ll pass Universal Pre-K.

Do you want to put your Social Security in the hands of Ted Cruz and Marjorie Taylor Greene?

We also had to take on the climate deniers. And guess what? We beat them. The survival of our planet is on the ballot.

In the first year-and-a-half of his presidency, Biden encountered more challenges than the former guy did in his entire four years, or than most any other president has faced in a single year.  And yet, he has managed to accomplish so much.  Just a few …

  • Signed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. This package increases investment in roads and bridges, renovates ports and public transportation, expands broadband access and replaces every lead pipe in the United States, among other initiatives. This bill brings jobs, jobs and more jobs, and it begins to rebuild our long-neglected infrastructure.
  • Signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package in March 2021 that included up to $1,400 per person to financially struggling Americans, extended unemployment support and provided billions of dollars to help schools, colleges and universities reopen.
  • Biden put in place a $20 billion vaccination program to fight COVID. While 1% of the U.S. population was vaccinated when Biden came into office, 74% of Americans – 249 million Americans – have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • Expanded access to affordable health care for five million Americans
  • Cut unemployment dropped to 3.9%; under Donald Trump, unemployment was 6.3%.
  • 6,000,000 jobs have been created already.
  • Jobless claims are the lowest since 1969.
  • And just two days ago, he announced student debt relief of up to $20,000 for most earning under $125,000 per year.

Yes, some will argue and nitpick, say these accomplishments cost money – which is true – but it is money well-spent, for these are the things that help people!  These improvements to infrastructure, jobs, education, safety and more have far more value than spending more money on military hardware, on the tools of war, or on padding the investment portfolios of the already-wealthy.  And frankly, if those already-wealthy were paying their fair share in income taxes, we could easily fund all of the above and more, while decreasing the national debt and deficit significantly!

In general, I much prefer President Biden’s normally calm demeanor to the bumbling, ranting, spiteful one of his predecessor, but this was one time I was glad to hear the fire in his voice, see the passion in his eyes.  In a perfect world, Democrats and Republicans would be working together to solve the problems facing this nation, but our world is far from perfect and as we all know, today there is no middle ground. To Republicans, the president can do no right and they would prefer the screeching, red-faced wanna-be dictator of yore.  I prefer President Biden.

24 thoughts on “The President Is On FIRE!

  1. Jill, couldn’t agree more with you, with Joe, and the rest of the sane, rational 81,284,666 American voters in 2020 that put this resilient man in the WH! 😁

    In today’s hateful, partisan, party-line politics there will ALWAYS be haters. That’s all they know. That’s their robotic programming-code typed into their cold databases. They can’t think for themselves without their Cult Leader telling them what to do, what to say, and what to think from the 6th-grade Orange Orangutan. 🙄

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    • Thanks, Prof! All that you say is true … and frightening. I think right now the thing that worries me most is voter disenfranchisement, in conjunction with the lies they are telling to the ignorant, to those who do not think for themselves and will drink whatever they are handed.

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  3. Jill, this is some speech. And, to be frank, those he is criticizing earned that right. And, the Democrats are at least passing bills that help address actual issues rather than exaggerated ones that are being touted in the GOP. So, he deserves to crow some. I am delighted he is addressing climate change and continuing the ACA subsidies introduced during the pandemic. Keith

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    • I fully agree … I was glad to see him take off the gloves for a minute and call a spade a spade. You’re so right … and also, I’m tired of hearing the Republicans grouse about spending and the deficit, when it was they who lowered corporate taxes even more. If every person and corporation paid a fair share in taxes, we’d have no debt and no deficit! But the #1 overall issue is climate change and the environment, and the Prez is well-versed on that and willing to fight the uphill battle to do something about it. I’m proud of him.

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        • Did you have a great summer vacation? I’ve thought about you … missed seeing your posts ‘n comments. Health is not much different. Every time I think I’m going to get the cardioversion done finally, there’s a roadblock. The latest is a respiratory infection. But, I’m hanging in … still able to do quite a bit as compared to 8 months or so ago, so … I try not to complain. Hugs to you, my friend!

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          • Hi Jill. I’m still trying to get back on blogging track.
            Respiratory infection is of course not a good thing. My MD daughter says the cardioversion is most likely your best option. Good that you’re better, but hopefully you can do the intervetntion soon.
            Hugs back

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            • It’s hard after being away for a while to get back into the groove … it took me a couple of months before I was able to return to 3 regular posts a day, and sometimes I still can’t. I really appreciate your daughter’s opinion on the cardioversion … it gives me an added bit of confidence, for I’ve been dreading it … the longer it gets put off, the more I seem to fear it. I’ll keep you posted.

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  4. This is great, Jill! I have long been saying this President is underestimated. I’ve felt since he first laid out his vision that it was, well, visionary. And he’s done more in 1-1/2 years, with much against him, than most presidents accomplish in their entire terms.

    As to those who complain about the money, in contrast to the obscene trumpian tax cut, these programs are targeted to help poor and middle class people—who’ve been suffering economic inequality for decades—and start healing our planet. The IRA Act raises revenues by modest taxes on corporations and helping the IRS audit very wealthy tax cheats.

    And the deficit in July, 2022, was $90 billion less than it was in July, 2021.

    Now all we need to do is give him larger majorities in the Senate and House in November so he can enact the family-friendly parts of BBB (that the Republicans, Manchin, and Sinema destroyed), codify Roe, voting rights, and more!

    (Note: link is to transcript of his 2020 nomination speech—mentions “the current president has cloaked America in darkness.”)

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    • Thanks, Annie! Yes, I agree … Biden is often understated, more reserved than what we are used to, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t thinking, doesn’t mean he isn’t acting. He’s just spending his time working, as we hired him to do, rather than traveling from one media outlet to the other airing his grievances as the former guy did. But boy, once he gets fired up, he’s GOOD!

      I’m finally seeing a light for the November mid-terms, hope that the Democrats have enough spunk, are enraged enough by the Dobbs decision, to get off their arses and get out and vote!

      Oops … thanks for pointing that out! I will remove it immediately. I didn’t to my due diligence!

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        • Thanks, Annie … I’ll get over there to read your piece shortly! Yep, lots of work and we cannot forget about the multitude of voter disenfranchisement laws in about 42 of the 50 states! That worries me.


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