During the State of the Union Address, Americans expect the current President to talk about current accomplishments. When President Joe Biden decided to criticize former President Donald Trump’s tax breaks, he received boos from the Republican audience.
Biden Booed As He Criticized His Predecessor During State Of The Union Address
During his State of the Union address, Biden discussed his challenges in getting approval for his American Rescue Plan.
As he delivered his speech, he also took the opportunity to criticize the Trump administration’s tax breaks. Immediately, boos rained from the Republican part of the audience.
In particular, a loud chorus of disapproval erupted when Biden referred to Trump’s program instead of his own accomplishments.
He praised the benefits of the American Rescue Plan. Then, he compared it to a totally unrelated tax reduction program from the previous administration.
“Unlike the $2 trillion tax cut passed in the previous administration that benefitted the top 1% of Americans,” Biden said. This triggered a loud round of boos from Republicans in the gallery.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, A Democrat, was seen uncomfortably standing up as the nearby audience began booing Biden’s remarks.
According to Biden, the American Rescue Plan Worked
Then, Biden went on to explain how the American Rescue Plan worked to help work and middle-class Americans. “It worked. It created jobs. Lots of jobs. In fact — our economy created over 6.5 million new jobs just last year”.
The President added that the US economy grew at a rate of 5.7% last year. He said that this is the strongest growth in nearly 40 years.
Then, the President began criticizing trickle-down economics. He said that for the last 40 years, everybody pushed for trickle-down economics.
If we gave tax breaks to those at the top, the benefits will trickle down to everyone else. However, that theory led to weaker economic growth, lower wages, and bigger deficits. It also created the widest gap between the rich and the poor.
Biden Mentioned Economic Growth But Ignored Inflation Rate
Conveniently, the President did not provide details on the country’s inflation rate last year. During the same year that economic growth hit 5.7%, the US inflation rate rose to 6.8%. This is the country’s highest rise in the price of goods and services since 1982.
Wages also rose last year to the tune of 3.6% between June 2021 and June 2020. This is the highest rate recorded in more than a decade.
However, the high inflation rate of 6.8% virtually erased workers’ gains from their salary hikes. In effect, American workers received a 1.7% pay cut from their wages last year due to inflation. This is according to numbers presented by the Bureau of Statistics.
More Than Half of Americans Disapprove of Biden’s Presidency
Prior to his State of the Union address, the President is dealing with low approval ratings all around.
Many Americans are beginning to doubt Biden’s ability to regain his ground, especially with the 2022 midterm elections just around the corner.
According to a February 28 NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ poll, 57% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of his presidency. Another 55% say that the President is not a clear communicator.
In addition, 54% think that Biden is not mentally fit. These numbers do not exactly show confidence to the President of the United States.
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