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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Thursday, April 25, 2024

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Competing Visions

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A caucus-goer in Alaska didn’t understand why someone would question his choice for president.

“Trump, of course. He did so much for America in his last term,” he told the reporter.

What did he do?

The only things I can think of are tax cuts that mostly benefitted the wealthy, holding children in cages, and thumbing his nose at Covid. Oh, and the Muslim ban and tariffs on Chinese goods. Am I missing anything?

On the other hand, Biden has a slew of accomplishments. Remember the infrastructure bill Trump promised for four years? Biden got it done in his usual bipartisan fashion. He bolstered American security by bringing chip production back to the United States.

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And there is what his administration is trying to do – increase funding for border security – if only Trump’s man in the House would bring it to a vote.

A recent poll questioned voters about whose vision for America they endorsed.

Biden’s vision includes funding the IRS so they can go after tax cheats, a move that would reduce the deficit. In his America, women’s bodies and choices belong to them. Diabetics can afford insulin, families can afford childcare, childcare workers can earn a decent wage, and there are programs that lift families with children out of poverty.

Biden wants to make college more affordable. Despite opposition, he’s offering what relief that is in his power to holders of college debt.

Biden stands with our allies. He knows that we need them, and he knows that turning Ukraine over to Putin would put America’s service men and women in jeopardy.

The president’s vision almost always comes down in the middle. Take his drilling policies. Biden allowed drilling off the coast of Alaska but kept the Alaska Wildlife Refuge off limits. A February 2024 assessment confirms that in 2023, America remained the world’s leading oil producer. At the same time, he promotes alternatives to fossil fuels.

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What is Trump’s vision for America? He wants to be in charge and to have no consequences if he breaks the law. He wants to enrich himself and his family. This includes a takeover of the RNC. Lara Trump has assured that all donations to the RNC will go to her father-in-law.

“Drill, drill, drill,” he says. We already are.

Trump wants the southern border closed, despite what the Constitution says about asylum.

Ronald Reagan, in his Statement on Immigration Policy, said, “Our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other country, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands.”

Trump’s vision for America has left the old Republican Party behind, but one can’t say he’s looking forward. He’s looking inward. In his world, he’s the only one who matters.

Whose vision do you see as the better choice for America? With two incumbents’ records, we don’t have to guess.

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Mark Krawczyk
Mark Krawczyk
March 9, 2023
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Brette Pruitt
Brette Pruitt
September 5, 2022
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