Biden’s Turnabout on Promises
During his presidential campaign Biden made several promises to both parties, promising unity in legislation. This all sounded good, until it became apparent that Biden would not uphold the pledges he made to the American public. And this flip-flop comes less than a month from his inauguration.
Do you remember Biden promising to make lives more ‘livable’ by raising the minimum wage? He assured blue collar workers that the minimum, currently $7.25 dollars, would be raised to $15.
“To have it this close on the doorstep, they need to get it done. They need to feel the pressure,” Terrence Wise, a 41-year-old McDonald’s manager and leader of the organized labor movement Fight for 15 told ABC news.
Biden’s vaunting claim to make life livable was deflated when senators of both parties voted on Friday to put a halt on increasing the minimum wage due to the raging pandemic. “I don’t think it’s going to survive,” said Biden. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office, reported in the New York Post, would elevate 900,000 Americans out of poverty, but make 1.4 million people lose their jobs.
Biden promised to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to every American, a promise he broke the very next day.
“What the president’s goal is, is ensuring that there’s greater availability in the spring, He will push his team. This is his focus every single day. But the fact is, is every American is not going to be eligible this spring,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
This came after Biden’s prediction, “I think it will be this spring. I think we’ll be able to do that this spring. But it’s going to be a logistical challenge that exceeds anything we’ve ever tried in this country. But I think we can do that.”
In the inauguration speech Biden mentioned ‘unity’ eleven times, saying the word almost every two minutes. He promised to unite Americans, but he is doing this by stepping over Republicans to pass the costly coronavirus bill. Instead of extending an open hand for cooperation to reach a bipartisan decision, the Democrat led Congress is preparing to push aside Republicans to pass the legislation.
“First of all, the president ran on unifying the country and putting forward ideas that would help address the crises we’re facing,” Psaki stated. “He didn’t run on a promise to unite the Democratic and Republican Party into one party in Washington.”