BIDEN SHOWED ALL AMERICANS HOW A TOUGH SPEECH CAN BE DELIVERED WITH DIGNITY, RESPECT, FOCUS, AND TRUTH
On Tuesday, February 7, 2023, Biden recounted his administration’s accomplishments, particularly on behalf of women and people of color. He spoke in bipartisan terms and congratulated Congress on its bipartisan laws, like the infrastructure bill already having an impact. In addition, he can take credit for doing more things in his first term than any other U.S. president. A few examples are managing the pandemic, job growth (record low unemployment), and slowing inflation—still, a way to go. Key drug prices are down, gas prices are down, and there was so much more. He talked about our help defending Ukraine’s sovereignty, which most Americans strongly support. Finally, he described the improvement of our reputation worldwide after Trump’s systematic devolution of our credibility.
Biden asked Congress to move on police reform. His goal is to restore a robust middle class, which also pulls up low-income families – an important issue for Florida NOW. He plans to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations —no more outrageous tax cuts that build the nation’s debt and does not help the country’s economy. He artfully backed the GOP into a corner, making it clear that they would no longer seek cuts in Social Security or Medicare – another critical issue for Florida NOW. He made it clear he would negotiate on the budget based on their plan (at this time, they don’t have one because the GOP disagrees on what would be in it) but that he would not negotiate on raising the debt ceiling, keeping our word by paying our debts!
FLORIDA NOW REACTS:
Debbie Deland, FLNOW President, said, “We support Biden’s optimism for America. Being ‘woke’ (a cultural trope) is not bad but rather a good thing that captures several of our issues for women and people of color. As President for all Americans and with the proof of his success, we support him as the President for all of us, which most Americans should do. He is our President, and we need to support him for our democracy and world standing. He laid out a pretty aggressive agenda with issues FL NOW cares about. For example, community safety, education initiatives, like paid family leave, childcare and raises for teachers, and banning assault weapons. He stood up for democracy and human rights. He was sincere and optimistic, which was appreciated. He was firmly behind bipartisanship which most Americans want. It was a good night for democracy and moving forward.”
CALL TO ACTION:
It is puzzling why Americans do not know how carefully and thoughtfully Biden has been running our country, especially at such a dark time. His understanding of politics has given him the wisdom to seek bipartisanship, and he does not waver. Please inform yourself of his achievements, works in progress, and leadership style, and share your thoughts with others.
Florida NOW: is an intersectional grassroots organization that promotes feminist ideals, leads societal change, eliminates discrimination, and protects the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. Florida National Organization for Women is the largest civil rights organization in the country, fighting for all women’s rights.