Promises and Approval: Where Does Biden Stand One Year Into His Term? Viral News!

Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, 2021. A year later, his approval rating is in the low-40s, which is worse than any other president’s first term approval rating.

Despite his first year’s triumphs, Biden’s decline in approval is likely due to his inaction on several campaign promises and uncontrollable events.

Biden quickly delivered on his campaign promise of a diverse government and appointees.

Overall, his government has delivered on diversity promises, especially when it comes to women and minorities.

His cabinet includes the first Native American, Deb Haaland, and the first openly gay man, Pete Buttigieg.

His 42 judicial appointments, the most in a single year since President Kennedy, include the first Muslim federal judge and only two white men.

Justice Breyer’s Supreme Court seat will be filled by a Black woman, continuing his commitment to a more representative government.

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Biden began his first term with a positive outlook on the pandemic and a bold plan to stop it. COVID-19 delta and omicron variations destroyed the country’s aspirations.

Relatively few Americans (about 15%) are vaccinated due to vaccine mistrust. Biden’s approach overemphasized vaccination, failing to respond fast to new outbreaks with guidelines, masks, and testing.

His recent attempt to provide free high-quality masks and testing ran into supply chain challenges and arrived too late to help us through the holiday season of 2021.

Promises and Approval

Promises and Approval: Where Does Biden Stand One Year Into His Term?

This last year saw unprecedented job creation and record low unemployment.

However, high inflation — generally linked to low unemployment — has prompted criticism of Biden. These criticisms ignore the issue’s pandemic universality.

American families were protected by initiatives implemented by both Biden and Trump during the worst days of the outbreak.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was designed to rescue those who lost jobs during pandemic lockdowns. In the end, Biden isn’t to blame for global inflation.

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On immigration, the Biden administration has so far failed to deliver on campaign promises. While some of Trump’s worst practices, like separating migrant families, have been reversed, others remain.

One example is the federal government’s persistent use of Title 42, which empowers it to deny asylum seekers based on public health concerns.

Biden also raised the refugee cap, but Trump’s severe cuts to resettlement infrastructure haven’t been rectified.

The past year has seen several prior administrations’ immigration policies continue, with little sign of the immigration overhaul many progressives hoped for.

Despite prioritizing climate change, rejoining the Paris Agreement, and making bold promises in Glasgow, Biden’s climate policy has been inconsistent.

His bipartisan infrastructure plan included clean energy. But senators like Sen. Joe Manchin, who refused to endorse the Build Back Better bill, have slowed his climate-change proposals.

On top of that, while Biden started strong with executive orders to substantially reduce emissions by 2050, he also auctioned off territory for offshore drilling, which the administration argues it was legally required to do.

On the whole, Biden is working toward a cleaner climate future, but he is falling short of meeting the Glasgow pledges.

Biden may forgive student loan debt without Congress’ help. He previously backed cancelling up to $10,000 per individual, while leftists like Elizabeth Warren want $50,000.

This action would win over young people and progressives, crucial voters in the midterm elections.

Biden and the Democrats must also work with Republican legislators to enact some type of social spending and voting rights legislation, both vital to American lives and democracy.

In the end, Biden had to deal with deadly coronavirus outbreaks, a rocky Afghanistan retreat, and partisan gridlock on social spending.

He has undoubtedly promised more than he has been able to deliver, especially to progressives who were first skeptical of his campaign.

As the midterms approach, Biden must demonstrate his presidential power and agency to keep his commitments.

Voters must criticize the administration’s immigration record, mixed climate policy, and inaction on recent COVID-19 surges.

But we must equally acknowledge that the president has no control over senators’ votes or the global economy.

Despondent by the lack of progress, progressives must now volunteer and vote in the 2022 midterms, and tell the administration where its members must improve.

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