Hubbard County DFL: Democrats have accomplished much for Americans
Editor’s note: Both the Hubbard County DFL and Hubbard County Republicans are invited to write monthly columns for the Enterprise’s Opinion page.
“Democrats Deliver.” That’s the message our billboard is conveying.
It is important to spell out the accomplishments of President Biden and Governor Walz. In spite of unprecedented challenges and opposition from Republicans, much has been accomplished.
President Biden has restored America's global leadership and took aggressive action to tackle the climate crisis.
The Biden and Walz administrations got shots in arms and saved lives.
The American Rescue Plan provided pandemic relief to families.
Frontline workers delivered for Minnesota, keeping our state running through the worst of the pandemic, and now, the governor and DFLers are delivering for them by signing frontline worker bonus pay into law.
Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system and the DFL Party team was proud to stand in solidarity as they strike for fair contracts.
And laws were passed that created jobs to rebuild crumbling infrastructures and got people back to work. Ironically, Minnesota's GOP Congressman Stauber and Congresswoman Fischbach touted grants funded by the infrastructure bill – that they both voted against.
Yes, inflation is on everyone's mind. And the GOP will say anything to put the blame on President Biden.
But the real truth, according to world economists, is that the rise in inflation is being largely driven by post-pandemic demand and the war in Ukraine.
Inflation is on the increase around the world, with food and energy prices hitting record highs. The rise has been driven, in large part, by pent-up consumer demand after the pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
President Biden has put out a plan to tackle inflation. It consists of lowering costs that families face and lowering the federal deficit by asking the large corporations and the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.
And, part of President Biden’s plan to lower costs is to strengthen Medicare by giving it the power to negotiate prescription drug prices.
He has also authorized the release of one million barrels of oil per day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for the next six months. President Biden has proposed a federal gas tax holiday, and he has urged states to do the same. He has called on Congress to make companies pay fees on idled wells and non-producing acres on federal lands – so that companies that continue to sit on excess capacity will have to choose whether to start producing or pay a fee.
And while the GOP has opposed all President Biden's efforts, the Congressional Republicans have put forward no real plan. Only Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) has proposed a plan “to rescue America.” But beware, the plan would require every major program to end every five years, and then be voted and re-passed. This would put Medicare – in addition to Social Security, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and other critical programs for American families – on the chopping block every five years.
And if the GOP has complete control of the Congress and the presidency, they would be able to move forward with one of their long-held agendas to privatize Social Security.
Senate Minority Leader McConnel will not say whether or not he supports this proposal, but just said, “Ask me when we take control of Congress and the presidency.”
So if the GOP is talking about ending Social Security, Medicare, prohibiting contraception, prohibiting same-sex marriage, lowering taxes for the wealthy while raising taxes for half of Americans, believe them!