BREAKING: Biden uses SOTU speech to push MAGA style policies on infrastructure, manufacturing, jobs

"My economic plan is about investing in places and people that have been forgotten. Amid the economic upheaval of the past four decades, too many people have been left behind or treated like they’re invisible."

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY
Biden addressed Congress for the second State of the Union Address of his presidency, touting what he sees as his accomplishments, glossing over the obvious failures. The pomp and pageantry surrounding that speech was emphasized by fencing that has gone up around Capitol Hill.

Biden stood before Congress, the body in which he spent the vast majority of his career, to mass applause from the assembled lawmakers, officials and guests, as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy sat behind him. McCarthy, too, received a standing ovation from many in Congress, though the First Lady, in her box, did not stand.

Biden pressed his record on jobs, thanking Congress for their efforts in that area. "Though bruised, our democracy remains unbowed and unbroken," Biden said, referring to the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021 as the greatest threat to democracy since the Civil War. He said that Covid "no longer controls our lives."

"To maintain the strongest economy in the world, we also need the best infrastructure in the world," Biden said. "We used to be number 1 in the world in infrastructure, then we fell to 13th."

Biden focused on American manufacturing, industry, and putting America first in those areas.
"Now we’re coming back because we came together to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the largest investment in infrastructure since President Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System. Already, we’ve funded over 20,000 projects, including at major airports from Boston to Atlanta to Portland," Biden went on.
"These projects will put hundreds of thousands of people to work rebuilding our highways, bridges, railroads, tunnels, ports and airports, clean water, and high-speed internet across America. Urban. Suburban. Rural. Tribal," he said.

"And we’re just getting started. I sincerely thank my Republican friends who voted for the law. And to my Republican friends who voted against it but still ask to fund projects in their districts, don’t worry.
"I promised to be the president for all Americans. We’ll fund your projects. And I’ll see you at the ground-breaking. This law will help further unite all of America," Biden said, before listing those items he hoped would be tackling with this funding.

He claimed he would stand up to big pharmaceutical companies, though his administration's massive expansion of the medical industrial complex by implementing what he calls a Cancer Moonshot, will boost the drug makers toward even greater profits.

Biden repeated all of his same talking points, telling the same stories, offering nothing new to the American people other than begging them to let him "finish the job." Biden is expected to run for a second White House term. 

As to fossil fuels and the oil industry, Biden claimed that his plans to create an energy infrastructure based on solar and wind would not be fully viable for another decade and that fossil fuels would be needed during that time. However, he plans to tax them mercilessly. 

"You may have noticed that Big Oil just reported record profits. Last year, they made $200 billion in the midst of a global energy crisis. It’s outrageous. They invested too little of that profit to increase domestic production and keep gas prices down.

"Instead, they used those record profits to buy back their own stock, rewarding their CEOs and shareholders. Corporations ought to do the right thing. That's why I propose that we quadruple the tax on corporate stock buybacks to encourage long-term investments instead. They will still make a considerable profit. Let's finish the job and close the loopholes that allow the very wealthy to avoid paying their taxes," he said.

And Biden asked Congress to raise the debt ceiling so that the nation can borrow more money. He repeated the false claim that Republicans want to cut Medicare and Social Security. Congress booed at this, since it's actually not true that this is a plan proposed by many in the GOP. This was a proposal brought by perhaps two congressmen.

The president and Congress came to a quick agreement that the social safety net would stay intact, which they were already agreed on.

Biden took aim at service fees, as well, and also pressed for the PRO Act, which would essentially eliminate the freelance economy. He slammed the industry practice of non-compete agreements, as well.

In regards to the economy, Biden said, "My economic plan is about investing in places and people that have been forgotten. Amid the economic upheaval of the past four decades, too many people have been left behind or treated like they’re invisible."

Former President Donald Trump bashed the statement on Truth Social, stating, "He’s using my “Forgotten Men and Women,” without saying they have been Forgotten by the Democrats, and helped by the Republicans and me!"

Biden's focus was on regulating the relationship between employer and employee, regulating prescription drugs, education, health care, and other domestic issues. He said that the public health emergency for Covid would end soon, as the administration said it would in early May. Biden used Covid to declare that more medical spending was necessary, and that he would crack down on anyone who had taken Covid relief money unnecessarily.

"COVID left other scars, like the spike in violent crime in 2020, the first year of the pandemic," he said, and asked for Congress to pass the George Floyd Act. He praised himself on increased gun control legislation as well.

As for the border crisis his policies created, he blamed Congress. "America’s border problems won’t be fixed until Congress acts," he said. "If you won’t pass my comprehensive immigration reform, at least pass my plan to provide the equipment and officers to secure the border. And a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those on temporary status, farm workers, and essential workers."

And of course, he demanded that Congress legalize pregnancy termination at the federal level so that babies could be murdered in the womb at any time during pregnancy. And he warned Congress that if they ban abortion, he will veto that law. 

"Let’s also pass the bipartisan Equality Act to ensure LGBTQ Americans, especially transgender young people, can live with safety and dignity," he said, with likely little idea of what is involved in medical gender transition.

The war in Ukraine, which Biden has funded with billions upon billions of dollars, has a soft spot in the president's heart. He told Congress, as well as the Ukrainian ambassador that "America is united in our support for your country. We will stand with you as long as it takes. Our nation is working for more freedom, more dignity, and more peace, not just in Europe, but everywhere."

"As we made clear last week," Biden said, referring to the Chinese spy balloon that the administration only shot down after it left American land, "if China threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country. And we did."

As he complained about fentanyl overdoses, Republican congressmen screamed out that he should close the border. 

Biden closed by decrying political violence, but only that carried out by Trump supporters, completely ignoring the attacks by protestors on the homes of sitting Supreme Court justices, or arson and vandalism attacks on pro-life reproductive health centers.

Biden reiterated that the nation is at "an inflection point," and stood on his moment in history at this halfway point through his presidency.


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