No time to be shy: Biden could easily lose re-election if he doesn’t offer real solutions

With the backing of President Donald Trump, the insurgents stormed the Capitol building to disrupt the peaceful transition of power to Biden‘s incoming team. Meanwhile, the country marked the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Even when vaccinations have begun, the virus continues to spread at an alarming rate, and the United States leads the world in both infections and mortality.

The US economy, despite the all-time highs in the SPX stock market, + 0.09% DJIA, + 0.22%, is in dire straits. Unemployment is on the rise again. The poverty rate in the United States had its largest increase last year since measurement began in 1960. Nearly 20 million additional Americans faced hunger in 2020, bringing the total to more than 50 million.

“The Biden administration should seize these political opportunities to promote the boldest version of its agenda. This is not the time to be shy. ”

Against this carnage, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won what seemed like a decisive victory in the November elections: they prevailed by 7 million popular votes and secured 306 electoral votes that seemed comfortable. But thanks to America’s antiquated polling station system, just 43,000 votes in three key states could have returned the election to Trump, despite his national unpopularity. the next election if Biden and Harris can’t deliver when facing these crises. The incoming administration has been lining up key appointments. They have issued statements on how to tackle the pandemic. They have discussed executive orders to reverse at least some of the damage from the Trump years. They haven’t taken office yet, but they’re already on a roll. And, with the victories of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia, the Democrats will control the Senate by the slightest margin. They will control the Senate committees and agenda, and the confirmation process will be easier. The new administration will have an advantage when it defends legislation that requires a simple majority, such as fiscal measures.

“Infectious diseases, climate change, economic inequality, racial injustice: these are the enemies that the new administration must defeat. ”

Meanwhile, Republicans face growing divisions over their party’s embrace of right-wing extremism. The toughest opposition from Democrats, both in Congress and on the streets, has now been branded “traitors.” It will be much more difficult for this opposition to claim that it is upholding the Constitution, protecting “law and order” or subscribing to genuinely conservative values ​​by challenging the new administration. The status quo ante is not good enough The Biden administration should seize these political opportunities to promote the boldest version of its agenda. This is not the time to be shy. The United States was not in good shape before COVID hit. Even before Donald Trump took office in 2017, the United States was far behind in handling the climate crisis, growing economic inequality, and racial injustice. Going back to the status quo before, before COVID, before Trump, is just not good enough. Instead, the Biden administration must execute a pandemic turn, using the current crisis to fuel a long-awaited transformation of a stagnant country. First, the new administration has to control the pandemic by coordinating a nationwide effort to accelerate vaccination, institute a robust testing and tracing system, and provide robust assistance to all those who have suffered financially from this disease. It is also essential to reactivate global cooperation to defeat COVID. The disease will continue to wreak havoc if it is not eradicated everywhere. When it comes to the pandemic, Donald Trump’s anti-globalist philosophy, like his underfunding from the World Health Organization, was literally counterproductive. Even while dealing with the acute COVID-19 crisis, the new administration must also address the economic and environmental emergencies that threaten to overshadow the pandemic. Biden’s agenda for a “clean energy revolution” is sensible, even visionary in places. Jobs, jobs, jobs But for it to pass in Congress, it must be presented as a jobs program. Trump and the right wing have portrayed environmental law as anti-employment. The way to avoid this misunderstanding of efforts to reduce America’s carbon footprint and promote clean energy is to rethink everything in terms of job creation. Anyone who opposes such legislation would automatically be “anti-employment,” a label that is political suicide. And a strong jobs program could be vital to anti-radicalization efforts in the regions that backed Trump. The pandemic has caused a tragic loss of life. It has gone through the economy with gale force. But hurricane force winds can also be winds of change. The Biden administration, to avoid becoming an interim transition between two far-right presidencies, must go on the offensive. Infectious diseases, climate change, economic inequality, racial injustice – these are the enemies that the new administration must defeat. Your future, and ours, depends on it. Victory will be difficult. But it will not go to the faint-hearted. John Feffer directs the Foreign Policy In Focus project at the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the author of the new book, “The Pandemic Pivot.” More on Biden and the economy The economy may need more spending on public infrastructure if the pandemic leaves Americans cautiously saving more How Biden can create lots of good jobs Biden to ask for stimulus controls, more funding for vaccines