In a recent article, I summarized some of the main points of Vice President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech. In it, I discussed His proposals for inflation and economic recovery, as well as His reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here, I offer my own personal views and opinions on some of the topics he touched on. If you’re a bipartisan, liberal voter, or have just an opinion, I’d love to hear it.
Biden’s State of the Union speech
While most presidents use their State of the Union speeches to address the nation’s needs, Joe Biden focused on domestic policy. While the Republican side booed when he cited the 2017 Republican tax cuts, the vice president emphasized the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This bill will provide funds for physical infrastructure projects in the United States, and encourage the return of American manufacturing. Among the other things Biden addressed in his State of the Union speech, he advocated for a $15 minimum wage and a child tax credit.
Biden will be joined by many prominent guests during the speech. Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen and Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger will be among those attending. The first lady will also welcome the newly selected ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, Kezia Rodriguez. The full speech is being streamed live on CBS News. The full transcript is available here. You can also watch live streaming of Biden’s State of the Union speech in your own time zone by logging onto CBS News.
His proposals on economic recovery
Vice President Joe Biden is touring the Steel City today to push his economic recovery proposals. The first leg of his proposal will focus on infrastructure, domestic manufacturing, research and development, and a caregiving workforce. Experts say the nation’s infrastructure is badly in need of an update. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave the nation a C-minus grade. In his speech, Biden emphasized the importance of repairing and modernizing the nation’s infrastructure.
While many of the details are still to come, the president-elect is expected to call for a multi-trillion dollar emergency legislative package. The plan would fund COVID-19 vaccines and increase direct assistance to individuals and communities. Meanwhile, the American Rescue Plan would also fund clean energy projects, a program aimed at addressing the growing pollution problem. In short, Biden’s plans are the first step in a two-part plan.
His response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
In a letter to President Obama, Biden outlined several positive goals for Ukraine, including restoring the country’s independence and allowing it to define its own future. These goals also advance U.S. and allied interests. As the invasion of Ukraine escalates, these positive goals will become even more important. As the president makes these decisions, it is important to keep these goals in mind when weighing the potential impact of sanctions.
As the world’s attention turns to the situation in Ukraine, senators and governors are weighing their reactions to Biden’s remarks. While the Iowa governor is urging the president to continue his work on foreign policy, her comments about Biden’s speech are particularly troubling. “The president’s response was too late,” said Reynolds. “I think this whole episode is a reminder of why we need a new president,” said Reynolds.
His proposals on inflation
Joe Biden’s plan to combat inflation can help temper expectations of future economic growth. The former vice president has laid out his plan for fighting inflation in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. He has pledged to cut the deficit, let the Fed do its job, and make things more affordable. In his speech on Friday, Biden outlined his plan further. His plans come as the May jobs report shows that hiring is still on the rise and unemployment is near a pre-pandemic low.
However, the rapid price hikes have changed the political landscape and the agenda of the Biden campaign. The resulting concern has prompted many to question whether Biden is paying enough attention to inflation. The American people feel that it is the number one issue facing their country and the presidential candidate is not doing enough to combat this problem. Inflation is a major issue, and how Biden handles the issue could have a big impact on his chances for election in 2022.
His proposals on gun violence
Vice President Joe Biden made an impassioned speech last night in support of his proposals to combat gun violence. The speech was broadcast during prime time in the US and comes as men with guns have killed Black people in Buffalo, Uvalde, and Tulsa. In the speech, Vice President Biden called on lawmakers in both the House and the Senate to pass legislation regulating firearms. He pointed to the upcoming mid-term elections as a perfect time to move forward with gun control legislation. Biden stressed that gun control was not an issue of ideology but a matter of common sense. He also noted that the Second Amendment was not an absolute.
A ban on large-capacity magazines is a good start, but we should not expect it to drastically reduce the number of mass shootings. Assault weapons aren’t responsible for the vast majority of gun deaths and crimes. The legislation doesn’t even call for an outright ban on assault weapons, but it does raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21. However, despite its positive effect on the rate of gun violence, Biden’s proposals may not actually make Americans any safer.