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Joseph R. Biden ranks with FDR and LBJ in legislative achievements.

By Curt_Anderson
August 8, 2022 2:16 pm
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There’s not much debate anymore over whether Biden has been a consequential president. In the long run, his first two years may be remembered as akin to Lyndon Johnson when it comes to moving his agenda through Congress. Unlike LBJ Biden didn't have solid Democratic majorities in the both chambers of Congress, including a filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate.

Achievements under his watch include:

  • American Recovery Act
  • Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
  • Chips and Science Act
  • Expanded NATO
  • Passed a new gun safety law
  • Passed a law to address the effects of vets exposed to toxic burn pits.
  • Inflation Reduction Act--The scope of the issues addressed is notable: the pandemic and its economic fallout, highways, bridges, broadband, rail, manufacturing, science, prescription drug prices, health insurance, climate change, deficit reduction and tax equity.



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    1. by HatetheSwamp on August 8, 2022 2:30 pm

      Quality v. Quantity.


    2. by oldedude on August 8, 2022 6:36 pm
      Achievements under his watch include:

      American Recovery Act-
      Helped us go into a recession. Thank you pedojoe.

      Chips and Science Act- Although a good concept, it just fed the rich.

      Expanded NATO- Most of which don't have the infrastructure to support the agreed upon terms to stay in. Finland is the only one that could do that, AND he didn't include Ukraine until it was too late. They are the ONLY ones that could actually use it and support NATO.

      Passed a new gun safety law-
      Most of which will be struck down by SCOTUS. At least pass a fucking bill that won't be in the courts for the next 10 years.

      Passed a law to address the effects of vets exposed to toxic burn pits. which missed several pieces that veterans were hoping for AND had so much fat on it a pig would be embarrassed.

      Inflation Reduction Act--The scope of the issues addressed is notable: the pandemic and its economic fallout, highways, bridges, broadband, rail, manufacturing, science, prescription drug prices, health insurance, climate change, deficit reduction and tax equity.
      This was really interesting. It promised to add 58,000 auditors to audit ONLY those making under $200K. This means that the audits for middle class families will quadruple. They lost on drug prices and didn't get what they wanted. They are spending money, yet again in a recession. Econ 101 in High School says that the worst thing to do. He's still giving money out, when schools have used 7% of their funds. His major "climate change" issue was putting a pipeline as a bribe to WV. The deficit reduction is actually borrowing from itself. So they're isn't any reduction at all. It may help the economy approximately 0.2% according to CBO if it helps at all.


    3. by Donna on August 8, 2022 7:50 pm
      What did the Oranguman ever do for veterans?


    4. by Curt_Anderson on August 8, 2022 7:52 pm
      OD,
      You probably didn't like the New Deal or LBJ's Great Society either.


    5. by Ponderer on August 9, 2022 6:33 am

      Donna, he put them in their place. Don't you remember? He called them "losers" and "chumps". Why would he have done anything for those he believed to be losers and chumps?


    6. by oldedude on August 9, 2022 7:14 am
      "What did the Oranguman ever do for veterans?"
      Made the ROE livable again, instead of forcing a unit to wait for a "lawyer" to make a decision. That saved a lot of lives. obomber just wanted them dead.

      Also, released a couple of people that were jailed for protecting their units.

      Updated equipment, manpower needs, etc.

      Treated the military like a military.

      You probably didn't like the New Deal or LBJ's Great Society either.
      Although I wasn't alive during the "New Deal" i'm not a big fan, but I don't worry about it much. I actually like LBJ. A friend of mine was part of a unit assigned to do ground support radar. LBJ would play poker with the off-duty folks. He got pissed if you "allowed" him to win. He also brought beer and bourbon. He was also heartbroken during the weekly casualty numbers from VietNam.

      Donna, he put them in their place. Don't you remember? He called them "losers" and "chumps". Why would he have done anything for those he believed to be losers and chumps?

      Proof? That's more Curt's verbiage. Not mine. If you meant veterans, that was definitely Curt talking about soldiers that lost wars. This is why you lie so much. You don't have anything meaningful to say.


    7. by Donna on August 9, 2022 8:42 am
      The people were said to have reported that Trump called deceased military veterans "suckers" and "losers" haven't denied that they said Trump said that. There's no question that they would have denied having said that if it wasn't true.

      The ROE? Yes, you're right on that.



    8. by oldedude on August 9, 2022 11:33 am
      Yeah, sorry. I tried to find out whom we were talking about. I remember that.


    9. by oldedude on August 9, 2022 4:46 pm
      Curt-
      "You probably didn't like the New Deal or LBJ's Great Society either."

      What I remember about FDR was his refusal to take Jews before the war, knowing they were being put in to camps, all the way to the end of the war, and knew about the work and death camps. Whatta guy. Really concerned about human life.


    10. by Donna on August 9, 2022 9:56 pm
      Not just FDR, though. From what I read, hardly anyone in government was hot on allowing large numbers of Holocaust refugeees into the country, but many still emigrated here. In fact my dad used to work p/t for a refugee who lost his entire family in the Holocaust.


    11. by oldedude on August 10, 2022 2:58 am
      FDR was the President at the time. He made those decisions.

      "The U.S. Government Turned Away Thousands of Jewish Refugees, Fearing That They Were Nazi Spies"

      A Ship of Jewish Refugees Was Refused US Landing in 1939. This Was Their Fate
      "Though World War II had not yet begun, the groundwork for the Holocaust was already being laid in Germany, where Jewish people faced harassment, discrimination and political persecution."

      FDR refused to act to save Jews
      "For example, thousands of U.S. cargo vessels, known as Liberty ships, brought supplies to Allied forces in Europe and North Africa, but when they were ready to return, often they were too light to sail, so they had to be weighed down with ballast. Jewish refugees could have served the same purpose.

      Roosevelt could have let the existing immigration quotas be filled. In his 12 years in office, the German quota was filled just once, and in most other years, it was less than 25 percent filled. More than 190,000 quota places from Germany and Axis-occupied countries went unused. Filling them would not have involved changing laws or igniting controversy."

      New evidence shows FDR’s bigotry derailed many Holocaust rescue plans
      "President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers a 'fireside chat' from the White House. (public domain)
      Not only was US president Franklin Roosevelt perfunctory about rescuing Jews from the Nazis, but he obstructed rescue opportunities that would have cost him little or nothing, according to Holocaust historian Rafael Medoff.

      FDR’s role in preventing the rescue of European Jewry is detailed in a new book called, “The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust.”"

      etcetcetc...

      smithsonianmag.com
      history.com
      washingtonpost.com
      timesofisrael.com


    12. by islander on August 10, 2022 5:44 am

      "Today, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law. The new measure will provide $52.7 billion in subsidies to semiconductor production in the U.S. and invest in science and technology. Biden noted that with signing of the bill into law, Micron would announce a $40 billion investment in new chip-manufacturing facilities in the United States through the end of the decade, and GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm “announced yesterday a $4 billion partnership to produce chips in the U.S. that would otherwise have gone overseas.”

      “Fundamental change is taking place today—politically, economically, and technologically—change that can either strengthen our sense of control and security, of dignity and pride in our lives, in our nation; or—or change that weakens us so that people are left behind, causing them to question whether or not the very institutions—our economy, our democracy itself — can still deliver for them, for everybody,” Biden said.

      Pleased to be signing the bill that invests in our technological future into law, Biden said: “[D]ecades from now, people are going to look back at this week, with all we’ve passed and all we’ve moved on, that we met the moment at this inflection point in history—a moment when we bet on ourselves, believed in ourselves, and recaptured the story, the spirit, and the soul of this nation. We are the United States of America, a singular place of possibilities…. I promise you, we’re leading the world again for the next decades.”
      heathercoxrichardson.substack.com


    13. by HatetheSwamp on August 10, 2022 6:01 am

      "Today, President Biden signed the BIPARTISAN CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law. The new measure will provide $52.7 billion in subsidies to semiconductor production in the U.S. and invest in science and technology..."


    14. by islander on August 10, 2022 6:19 am

      Notice how Old Dude tried to change this topic from Biden’s legislative accomplishments to blaming FDR for not helping the Jews enough during WWII 

This of course is off topic but here’s a bit about that. 😁

      “Whether Franklin Roosevelt should have or could have done more to rescue European Jews and to stop Hitler’s killing machine is a question that will likely be debated by historians for decades to come.

      Some scholars have criticized President Roosevelt for his approach to refugee issues prior to and during World War II, and he is even accused of having pursued misguided policies and of being indifferent to the Holocaust.

      Others insist that such assessments fail to account adequately for the American public’s pre-war isolationism and anti-Semitism, strict immigration and quota laws that enjoyed wide public and Congressional support, and military practicalities that—for much of the war—limited the Allies’ ability to reach Jews trapped deep behind enemy lines.

      In 1942, as details of Hitler’s Final Solution reached the Allies, it was difficult for the public and many government officials to grasp the extent and significance of the Nazis’ systematic, mechanized killing. In a December 13, 1942 radio broadcast listened to by millions, popular newsman Edward R. Murrow described “a horror beyond what imagination can grasp . . . there are no longer ‘concentration camps’—we must speak now only of ‘extermination camps.’”

      On December 17, 1942, the United States joined ten other Allied governments in issuing a solemn public declaration condemning Nazi Germany’s “bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination” of the Jews. The American Congress and the British Parliament stood in silence on that date to mourn what was happening to the Jews and pray for the strength needed to defeat the Nazis.

      Roosevelt believed that the surest way to stop the killing of innocent civilians was to defeat Hitler’s Germany as quickly and decisively as possible. Critics say that FDR’s “win the war” approach did not address the possibility that significant numbers of Jews could be rescued.

      In January 1944, after learning from Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr. that the State Department was obstructing rescue efforts, Roosevelt established the War Refugee Board to coordinate governmental and private efforts to rescue those who might still be saved.

      The Board is credited with saving at least 200,000 Jews. Critics argue that if FDR had acted earlier, and more boldly, even more lives could have been saved.

      The documents contained in this selection are from the collections of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and are intended to reflect the many sides of this issue.

      “I feel that more might have been done but I am also aware that there were many factors in the rescue situation which were simply beyond the Roosevelt Administration’s control. Not the least of these was Berlin’s determination to liquidate the Jews and the great difficulty of assigning to a modern nation-state a humanitarian mission to rescue a foreign minority for which it had no legal responsibility. It is a moral and humanitarian response we seek from the Roosevelt Administration. Such responses are rare in history and practically nonexistent during wartime.” 



      Henry L. Feingold The Politics of Rescue: The Roosevelt Administration and the Holocaust, 1938-1945 (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1970).


    15. by oldedude on August 10, 2022 6:42 am
      Isle/Curt,
      It's refreshing how tied to your religion you are.
      What Isle said is conjecture and like I was telling Donna, a quick rewrite of history. Remember the southerners weren't starving, they had rats to eat. Nice rewrite...

      I was going to say before being ganged up on, that I agree with the theory of semiconductors being made in the states. Making them overseas comes from a long line of trying to make high tech "stuff" at the cheapest cost. Fault and foul on all sides of the aisle on that one.

      The Biden "bill." My thought is that the left feels it necessary to legislate the economy back to the US (I'll include Canada in on this also, and maybe Mexico). Trump did it without the legislation and started to get manufacturing back to the US. Was there government cost? Yes, but it wasn't an unnecessary law. Of course, pedojoe had to legislate it because he doesn't have the juice to do it any other way than to force people. He already put a few thousand out of work the first month he was in office. Ergo, $5/gal gas. This of course, had zero to do with Putin. And then we were caught flatfooted, and pedojr made several million from it.


    16. by Ponderer on August 10, 2022 6:43 am

      I realize that this is off-topic, but since we're discussing the Holocaust, I couldn't help but be reminded of a harrowing article I read a couple of nights ago about what's happening in Ukraine, and specifically about a city of a half million people in southern Ukraine 75 miles east of Odessa called Kherson.

      The article, entitled Inside the City of the Damned: What's Going On in Putin Occupied Kherson Has Been Hidden From the World begins:

      "A cloud of thick smoke hangs over the occupied city of Kherson in Ukraine. Its very stench is evidence of Russian war crimes, on a scale almost too sickening to contemplate.

      The smoke comes from mobile incinerators that are running night and day. Vladimir Putin's paranoid soldiers are burning the corpses of Ukrainian citizens tortured and murdered on suspicion of helping the resistance."




      rsn.org


    17. by Donna on August 10, 2022 6:44 am
      Oops - sorry. I posted that.


    18. by oldedude on August 10, 2022 6:46 am
      Oh, Isle, had you looked into the postings, it was Curt that brought up FDR.


    19. by oldedude on August 10, 2022 6:46 am
      Oh, Isle, had you looked into the postings, it was Curt that brought up FDR.


    20. by Donna on August 10, 2022 6:50 am
      Btw, gasoline is back down to $3.69 here in Tucson.


    21. by HatetheSwamp on August 10, 2022 6:55 am

      Right, Donna, the Putin Price Cut, eh!!!!!?


    22. by islander on August 10, 2022 6:55 am
      Old Dude...This topic is about Biden's and FDR's legislative achievements not about the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust and what our country should or could have done about it.


    23. by HatetheSwamp on August 10, 2022 6:59 am

      This President Clouseau/Roosevelt comparison? Not every group that cut a lot of records was the Beatles. The Former Truck Driver is the Archies!


    24. by oldedude on August 10, 2022 1:17 pm
      "Old Dude...This topic is about Biden's and FDR's legislative achievements not about the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust and what our country should or could have done about it."
      Which both are epic failures at. I rate a President at what they have done, not just what they can cram through congress. If I did that, obomber would be even lower on my scale than he already is. And he rates right around James Buchanan. He was the one that split up the country prior to the civil war.


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