Biden touts massive spending plans, social programs, systemic racism narrative in first address to Congress
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – President Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening, touting the benefits of federal spending while claiming Trump supporters perpetrated an attack on democracy and alleging America continues to be plagued by “systemic racism.”
“As I stand here tonight — just one day shy of the 100th day of my administration, 100 days since I took the oath of office, lifted my hand off our family Bible, and inherited a nation in crisis,” Biden declared early in the speech. “The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”
He went on to celebrate the proliferation of COVID-19 vaccinations, taking credit for a program instituted by his predecessor Donald Trump, and claiming the March passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill (less than 9 percent of which actually went to public health) got America “ready for takeoff.”
Biden called on Congress to support his so-called “American Jobs Plan,” a $2.3 trillion package covering everything from infrastructure projects to “diversifying” neighborhoods to left-wing priorities on climate change and right-to-work laws, as well as his $1.8 trillion proposal to federally subsidize child care and incentivize stay-at-home mothers to rejoin the workforce.
All of this, he claimed, would be paid for by raising taxes on “corporate America and the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans” without affecting those who make less than $400,000 a year, though such taxes historically translate to the lower and middle class paying higher prices for goods and services, as well as reduced job creation.
Later in the speech, Biden called on Congress to pass the so-called LGBT “Equality” Act, enact new gun control measures, support amnesty for illegal immigrants, and send to his desk the so-called “For the People” Act, which would make vote fraud dramatically easier while severely limiting states’ ability to enact basic election security measures such as requiring photo ID. He also took the opportunity to promote the narrative of “systemic racism.”
“After the conviction of George Floyd’s murderer, we can see how right she was – if we have the courage to act,” Biden said, framing the case as an example of the “knee of injustice on the neck of Black America.” While former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder for Floyd’s death, Minnesota far-left Democrat Attorney General Keith Ellison recently admitted authorities had no evidence that race was a motivating factor in Chauvin’s actions.
“My fellow Americans, we have to come together. To rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. To root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system,” Biden declared. “We have a giant opportunity to bend to the arc of the moral universe toward justice. Real justice. And with the plans I outlined tonight, we have a real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues American life in many other ways.”
South Carolina Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who is controversial among some conservatives for partially siding with Democrats on race and law enforcement issues, delivered the official Republican response to Biden’s speech, during which he hit the president for “abandoning principles he held for decades. Now, he says your tax dollars should fund abortions. He’s laying groundwork to pack the Supreme Court! This is not common ground.”
“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” Scott said. “It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”