We would all have to be living under a rock to know that Donald J. Trump left the White House in disgrace and dishonor. He and Melania Trump felt it better for the both of them to simply vanish to Mar-a-Lago and back into the woodwork like cockroaches with the light shining on them. I certainly could not be further from being a Donald Trump fan. While we have a new president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., we still have the old problem of the working class repeatedly getting victimized by the wealthy of this country. When President Biden famously said that nothing would fundamentally change under his leadership, we would best believe him.
The United States now has Biden at the helm of the country and already we see how quickly that talks of stimulus funds quickly got whittled down from a more reasonable sum of 2000.00 to only about 1400.00. In many places in America, this fails to cover the cost of housing. Even 2000.00 does not completely cover the rent in some places but the extra 600.00 can mean the difference between putting better quality food on the table and having to go to the dollar store or the food bank. We would do best to hold the president to his original claims of the importance of a 2000.00 stimulus
Yet this stimulus is just really the tip of the iceberg of the fundamental unfairness of life for the working class. The working class often face paying higher interest rates, higher insurance rates, higher costs of commuting to and from work and stores, and higher banking fees; in short, it is expensive to be poor. We pay more for healthcare and more for medications and the list simply goes on and on. This is what a country that does not have enough economic regulation looks like: a system that is designed to reward the wealthy, a system that automatically accords the wealthy better socioeconomic status simply because the person holding the resources is a millionaire or billionaire.
If Joe Biden will not help the working class then all of his other policies are mere democratic window dressing. Many people voted for Biden in the hopes that his working class roots would guide his policies and decision making. Thus far, he has only reversed the most egregious of policies that Trump put into play. Yes, I like that we’ve now rejoined climate discussions and stopped the ban on travel. This is all good stuff but if there isn’t an America for Americans, then this is all merely political theater. If Biden wants to truly be great, then he will adopt the model of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
So while we have a new man in the White House, it looks like life may improve, at best, incrementally. Incrementalism is something millions literally cannot afford right now. How many hard working, honest Americans are facing bankruptcy, foreclosure, or even getting evicted from their homes through no fault of their own? There is a new president but we still have the old problems.