President Biden took office as the oldest president at a tumultuous time in our country’s history as the coronavirus pandemic continued to plague the US economy and had killed 400,000 people by the time of his entry active. Here are Biden’s biggest accomplishments and failures in 2021.
1. End the war in Afghanistan
Biden’s decision to end the war in Afghanistan will likely be one of the most important decisions a president has made in decades. According to the Associated Press, the longest war in the United States cost 2.3 trillion dollars, killing 2,448 US military personnel, 47,245 Afghan civilians and 66,000 Afghan soldiers and police.
An explosive report called Afghanistan Papers was published by the Washington Post in December 2019, detailing how the U.S. government had misled the public about war for years even though it knew the war was impossible to win. Despite a predictable chaotic withdrawal, Biden was able to do what his previous three predecessors failed to do, taking a massive first step towards ending the war on terror.
2. Dramatically minimize drone warfare
The drone warfare had become incredibly popular under President Barrack Obama and his successor Donald Trump as the two men ordered thousands of drone strikes during their respective presidencies, with the two carrying out more than 16,000 strikes each from 2013 to 2021 in Iraq and Syria. A reporter by the name of Daniel Hale discovered information in 2013 detailing how nearly 90% of those killed in drone strikes were not the intended target and had the information published. Hale was then sentenced to 45 months in prison under the Espionage Act in 2021. Under the Biden administration, there were only 39 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
3. End the Keystone XL pipeline
Biden has cut the Keystone XL pipeline, fearing that the burning of the raw oil sands will only worsen climate change over time. The Keystone pipeline had already been cut by President Obama and was then relaunched by President Trump. Environmentalists have celebrated the move as a “historic movement” to limit the use of fossil fuels.
4. Pass the $ 1.9 trillion US bailout
The package included stimulus payments of $ 1,400, extended unemployment benefits, an ongoing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, and an increase in the child tax credit in a bid to help those suffering economically during the pandemic. . It has also subsidized testing and immunization programs and provided funds to state and local governments for lost tax revenue and donated money to schools K-8. The plan was promulgated on March 11, 2021.
5. Pass his $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill
This infrastructure bill was the first part of Biden’s legislative program, as it aimed to improve the country’s roads, bridges, water supply systems, broadband, public transport and ports. The project is investing $ 110 billion in roads and bridges, $ 66 billion in freight and passenger rail transport, $ 65 billion in broadband expansion, $ 55 billion in modernization of air conditioning systems. supply, $ 39 billion for public transport and $ 25 billion for airports, and will replace 100% lead pipes.
6. Increase the wages of federal contractors to $ 15 an hour
Biden signed an executive order in April raising the wages of federal contractors to $ 15 an hour, benefiting hundreds of thousands of workers. Worthy people will include cleaning and maintenance professionals who clean the workplaces of federal employees, nurses who care for veterans, catering workers who feed the military, and laborers who build and repair them. infrastructure of the country. The salary increase will begin on January 30, 2022 and will adjust to reflect changes in the cost of living each year. The minimum tip wage will be phased out by 2024 and will guarantee employees with disabilities a salary of $ 15 an hour.
1. Don’t Abolish Student Loan Debt
Biden took office promising students affected by the $ 1.7 trillion student loan crisis that he would ease $ 10,000 in debt. Since taking office, he has relieved the debt only of students with disabilities or victims of scams. Biden has the power to eliminate all student debt by decree under Page 383 Section 432A Section 6 of the Higher Education Act 1965.
This would give the Secretary of Education the power to “enforce, pay for, compromise, waive or release any right, title, claim, lien or demand, however acquired, including any equity or right of ownership. redemption ”. Young voters helped carry Biden to the White House as 61% of voters between the ages of 18 and 29 voted for Biden and breaking his promise will only hurt him halfway through.
2. Leave the senses. Joe Manchin, (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema, (D- Ariz.), Gut And Kill Build Back Better
Biden’s original social spending and climate bill was $ 3.5 trillion, including paid family and sick leave, free community college, Medicare extension for dental care, vision and hearing, child care, universal pre-K, with many of those provisions either watered down or taken off the bill, as well as the clean electricity payment program. Biden made no effort to use a carrot and stick approach to get Manchin and Sinema to support his program, leaving the pair to make him appear ineffective and weak.
The Biden / Harris administration was recently criticized by TV host Charlamagne The God, who asked Vice President Harris if the real President of the United States was Joe Biden or Joe Manchin.
3. Do not abandon Trump-era sanctions on Iran and reinstate the deal with Iran
President Trump violated the deal with Iran by adding new sanctions against the Iranian government and stepped down to upset former President Obama. The Iranian economy has suffered tremendously since 2018 due to Trump’s aggressive actions that caused their oil exports to plummet and their currency to lose 50% of its value. As a result, Iran has enriched its uranium levels in response to the United States
Biden could have dropped the sanctions before hardline Ebrahim Raisi took office, easing tensions between the two countries, but decided to ask them to join the deal the US had violated without dropping sanctions. Raisi says the United States should end its “tyrannical sanctions” if it is to renegotiate the 2015 deal.
“The lifting of the sanctions is an indication of the seriousness of the other party,” he said.
4. Continue to detain migrants in border detention centers
After many Democrats criticized former President Trump for his inhumane treatment of migrants at the border, slamming him for putting “children in cages,” Biden continued the same inhumane treatment. In March 2021, photos of immigrant teenagers sleeping on mats in overcrowded conditions surfaced. The footage came from a facility in Texas with Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), claiming that 400 migrants were housed there when it was only intended for 250. More than 15,000 migrant children remain in care the United States.
5. Fail to reach a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour
Biden touted a $ 15 minimum wage as a concession to Bernie Sanders voters during his 2020 presidential campaign and later told a group of mayors and governors that it “doesn’t look like we can make it.” , after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the effort to put the minimum wage increase in the US stimulus package goes against Senate rules.
Blame is shared by Vice President Kamala Harris and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as they could have had their caucus override or replace the parliamentarian to advance their agenda, as when Republicans used reconciliation for the Bush tax cuts. Objections were raised by Manchin and Sinema and Biden made no effort to match them to his agenda.
6. Failing to take meaningful action against climate change
Biden made a number of climate-related missteps during his tenure as president, such as approving 78 million acres of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which will be the largest offshore oil and gas auction in the world. history of the United States. Biden also backed a project that would transport 760,000 barrels of Canadian oil to native lands in Minnesota and Wisconsin and cost $ 287 billion in carbon.
The pipeline would cross treaty land and burn nearly 200 million tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere over the life of the pipeline, or the equivalent of 38 million cars.
“The administration’s support for the pipeline is ‘a betrayal of the Indian people,’ said Winona LaDuke, executive director and co-founder of Honor the Earth.