While the COVID pandemic rages on, it raises yet more questions about how the world economy will be able to sustain itself, ones that the current administration in power won’t even attempt to address. Joe Biden, however, has been ahead of the curve – first unveiling a realistic proposal for re-opening schools and now offering a new plan that will offer universal childcare while also creating three million new jobs as caretakers, employing people who lost their jobs in the rampant unemployment of the pandemic.
“The pandemic has laid bare just how hard it is for people in this country to find access to quality caregiving they need for themselves, or to juggle the responsibilities of working and also caring for family members,” said Biden’s campaign, using rhetoric you couldn’t possibly imagine coming from Donald Trump’s mouth where nothing is his fault and the only problems are the ones caused by his opponents. It’s the type of humility and sensibility that the country has been sorely lacking for the last three and a half years.
The plan would be paid for by reducing tax breaks for real estate investors who earn over $400,000 a year, rather than by increasing taxes, eluding Donald Trump’s accusations of socialism. The plan would also offer an $8,000 tax credit to low-income and middle class families to pay for childcare. This is the third plank Biden has revealed in his plan to rebuild the economy, which also takes into account the 800,000 people waiting for community services under Medicaid.
For at least a few more nights, until Donald Trump gets tired of embarrassing himself again, we’ll inevitably hear about Trump’s vague promise to revive the economy again, without much of an idea of how he plans to do it. This should make our choice clearer than ever – vote for the candidate who always offers the same shallow promises, or the one who actually has a background in policymaking and a clear vision for America. Let’s not miss this opportunity and vote for Joe Biden and Democrats down the ticket on November 3.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making