By Quentin Choy
April 28, 2021
I’ve written a lot about Joe Biden on this blog, and recently I’ve been hearing comparisons of him and his legislative agenda to that of one of my favorite presidents, Lyndon Johnson. While I vehemently oppose Johnson’s escalation of the war in Vietnam which led to him not running for president in 1968, I greatly admire his signing of the Civil Rights Act and his passing into law of Medicare and Medicaid as part of the Great Society reforms which were a part of his greater “war on poverty.”
Following Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, it seems that he’s learned the lesson from Obama’s presidency following the 2008 financial crash in which Obama was criticized for not going far enough in terms of economic recovery. Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill seeks to impact a wide range of infrastructure, and his proposals regarding family leave and childcare seem to expand Biden’s legislative agenda and public spending.
Biden’s “American Families Plan” seeks to add four years of free education, providing two years of free preschool and community college, seeks to create a “national comprehensive paid family and medical leave program,” seeks to extend tax cuts for families with children, and more.
Find the full plan here.
I’m not sure if Biden will achieve the same levels of economic reform as Lyndon Johnson or if these reforms will even successfully pass. However, I am optimistic, and I hope that Biden can be “the most progressive president since FDR.”
Biden is on that trajectory, but tonight, after his address to Congress, we will see.
Image Courtesy of Senate Website.