Stan Schapiro: Turning plans into action

Published: 1/21/2021 10:50:56 AM

Donald Trump continues to suck up huge amounts of airtime even as he has given up governing and prepares to slink out of Washington.

Due to his nefarious deeds we will still have to read more headlines about him in the coming weeks. But I am greatly cheered to see the promise of the Biden administration readied for its first days.

The American Rescue Plan proposed by Biden holds a clear message that our government can be a positive force in the lives of Americans. In addition to “going big” to stimulate the economy and defining a federal leadership role to address the pandemic, the proposal addresses the looming eviction crisis and supports state and local governments and schools.

In addition, it addresses entrenched poverty with a roadmap to a $15 minimum wage and significant ongoing increased support for families in the form of enhanced child tax credits as well as proposals that will extend health care coverage.

President Biden has also promised a host of executive actions to undo the meanest and most destructive policies of the last four years: ending the “Muslim ban”, reuniting children of migrants with their families, rejoining the Paris climate accords and more.

There has been a great deal of conjecture about the path that President Biden will take. These first actions should cheer all those who are rooting for substantive change and a new day in our country.

Joe Biden received a record number of votes in the November election. Now it’s up to all of us to stay active and support his turning these plans into action.

Stan Schapiro

Northampton




Daily Hampshire Gazette Office

115 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01061
413-584-5000

 

Copyright © 2020 by H.S. Gere & Sons, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy