President Biden has routinely been compared to President Franklin D. Roosevelt – something that pundits began citing on the campaign trail back in 2020, although it has often been asked if he’s up to fulfilling the same size legacy as FDR – a president whose tenure came to define the modern day presidency, and has routinely been compared to the Democratic presidents that came after him.
One obvious difference between the two, among many, is that President Biden doesn’t have overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate to pass ambitious legislation, but he has been around long enough to successfully pass ambitious legislation regardless of the hurdles involved.
Apart from two massive pieces of legislation on infrastructure passed under a 50-50 Senate that we’re still realizing the full benefits of, the Biden administration is working to undo legislation that has done harm for decades, now looking at restoring an old labor law that would require contractors to pay a “prevailing wage” – setting a wage floor for the going rates of workers in a given area, what was once known as the Davis-Bacon Law, and closing the gap between what workers make in northern states where they already have strong labor protections and southern states where wages are low and protections have largely been gutted under hazardous work conditions.
Despite the media concocting a narrative that both sides are just as bad, they’re neglecting what has been one of the most progressive presidencies in decades – and this is just one of many reasons to support the Biden administration for re-election in 2024.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making