Guardian readers on Joe Biden’s first 100 days


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‘It’s a blessing to not cringe each morning after I have a look at the information’

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He’s much better than I anticipated on his home insurance policies. If he can get the Senate to eliminate the filibuster, he’ll most likely do much more. His overseas coverage staff is hawkish, dragging their toes with reference to Iran and actually reactionary relating to Latin America. However in comparison with Trump even that appears good. It’s actually a blessing to not cringe each morning after I have a look at the information and don’t see 45 [Donald Trump who was the 45th president of the US] remains to be in control of the US. Chip Hollister, 73, retired psychologist, Pennsylvania, Inexperienced celebration

‘I’m dumbfounded (in a great way) by how a lot this president has taken on in such a short while’

I’m dumbfounded (in a great way) by how a lot this president has taken on in such a short while. Managing the pandemic and vaccine rollout, historic fiscal stimulus supposed to elevate individuals out of poverty, pressing initiatives to handle local weather change, sweeping infrastructure funding, dismantling systemic racism … Any one in every of these would possibly soak up the eye and power of a complete four-year time period. That this president is tackling and prioritizing all of those points without delay, and inside mere months of taking workplace, is astounding. I’m exhausted for President Biden and his staff. And nervous. But additionally hopeful. His unflagging optimism, perseverance and spirit, even after a long time in politics and enduring partisan divisions, render him the rarest kind of civil servant: an inspiring one. Tara Chhabra, 47, HR supervisor, New York, Democrat

‘The key flaws so far have been refusing to chop our “protection” institution and failure to mitigate inhumane remedy of refugees’

He’s doing so significantly better than I anticipated on home issues. I’m impressed by the Covid, infrastructure and poverty aid initiatives. He’s even dared to say the unmentionable – we have to reform our tax construction above all else. Biden speaks firmly, although with a average tone and presence. On the nationwide entrance, that is the most effective information our nation has had for 40+ years. I believe no matter occurred between him and Bernie Sanders has had some impact on present insurance policies. Leaving Afghanistan (or largely leaving it) is nice. Nonetheless, the key flaws so far have been in refusing to chop our bloated and much too highly effective ‘protection’ (aggressive) institution, and the failure to mitigate the inhumane remedy of refugees. My very own view is that the US can work towards serving to social democratic/populist governments to outlive in Central America, in order that these looking for refuge will have the ability to stay at residence. Florence S Boos, 77, college professor, Iowa, Inexperienced/Democrat/Bernie wing

‘Biden has achieved nothing to assist Individuals who’ve misplaced their jobs, houses and vehicles’

He’s only a puppet – he’s not operating the nation, he’s simply being instructed what to do and what to say. I’m a third-generation immigrant from Italy and proper now the borders are ridiculous – placing immigrants in inns whereas we’ve got so many Individuals dwelling on the road. I’m sorry their international locations are so unlivable, however their governments allowed it to occur. The lecturers union is stopping our kids from returning to the classroom, when unions are an merchandise of the previous. Then there’s electrical vehicles which the common individual can’t afford due to their worth. Fuel costs are out of line too as a result of he has canceled new manufacturing of gas. So many Individuals are with out great-paying jobs now, shedding their houses, and vehicles and Biden has achieved nothing to assist them. Nameless, 68, retired, Indiana, Republican

‘As a reluctant voter I’ve been pleasantly stunned’

As a reluctant voter for Biden as president, I’ve questioned why, but once more, I can solely vote towards the worst of two unhealthy decisions, reasonably than for a candidate that represents my values. Viewing Biden as a dinosaur who was overdue for retirement, I’ve been pleasantly stunned each day by his onerous work, his evident dedication to hearken to others and to behave on what he hears from them, and by his willingness to problem a few of the many US shibboleths which have remained untouchable for much too lengthy. My most important concern is whether or not he could take Obama’s path of looking for bipartisan assist when there may be none available, and my most important hope is that he’ll pursue his publicly said agenda and eradicate the Senate filibuster in an effort to succeed. Dr Philip V Hull, 58, psychologist, California

‘He’s typically caught on pointless compromise’

Biden has led in addition to a president can throughout this disaster, and his administration appears largely able to serving to our nation discover its means again to 2016. It appears evident, nonetheless, that Biden doesn’t understand how succesful he’s of doing this, and too typically is caught on pointless compromise with the very conservatives the individuals resoundingly voted out final yr. Charlie, 17, pupil, Virginia, Democrat

‘We’ve got a deeply unequal and damaged society – Biden shouldn’t be able to fixing that’

It’s truthful to say that he has exceeded expectations. I assumed I’d get the vaccine in the summertime however I acquired my first dose on 12 April. The American Rescue Plan was additionally an enormous assist for the financial disaster introduced by the pandemic, and it’s the first time because the Nice Society that the federal authorities has substantively combatted poverty and inequality. I used to be feeling a lot worse earlier than he was elected, however that is nonetheless a nation with little or no hope, particularly for the younger. Inflated tuition and a tough job market imply that the best way ahead shouldn’t be clear in any respect.

All of us nonetheless wrestle below a deeply unequal and damaged society. Biden shouldn’t be able to fixing that. Even when he finds success towards the fast crises we face, there may be nonetheless a a lot deeper malaise infecting the nation. One which has destroyed the American dream for everybody however the wealthy. I’m glad he’s president, however America wants somebody with a imaginative and prescient for the nation on par with Franklin D Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson. Nonetheless, Biden’s success in his first 100 days could pave the highway for somebody transformative. All of us await that day. Paul Arango, 21, unemployed, New York, Democrat

‘His immigration coverage is just too Trump-like’

I’m dissatisfied that Biden has not reversed extra of Trump’s insurance policies, like elevated sanctions on Iran, and the cutoff of Obama relations with Cuba. His immigration coverage can also be too Trump-like; dad and mom and relations ought to be reunited with youngsters, then monitored. As a substitute of restoring the company tax price to 35%, he needs solely to lift it to twenty-eight%. Biden’s financial insurance policies are good, however short-term, when many have to be made everlasting whereas we nonetheless have a majority in Congress. Biden has condemned Medicare for All, which is totally crucial. I assist a lot of the insurance policies advocated by Bernie Sanders, and need he have been president, however he’s taking part in an important position as head of the funds committee. Dr Kegel, 73, retired medical psychologist, Illinois, normally votes Democrat, however not a supporter of the mainstream celebration

‘Refreshing and hopeful’

I’m completely satisfied to have the ability to breathe once more. I now not get up afraid of what has been inferred, threatened or said on Twitter. I discover his encouragement of accountability, sympathy for these impacted by catastrophe and solemn dedication to local weather change refreshing and hopeful. These have been issues typically anticipated from a sitting president prior to now. They’ve now turn out to be valuable pearls of sudden maturity. The bar had been set so low, that something above it could look like a trigger for celebration. I believe President Biden has a lot to appropriate and a giant job forward of him however I’m inspired that we’ll regain the belief of our world companions and deal with world issues with respect and maturity.

For me personally, my healthcare protection feels stabilized and the quilt provided is best because of Biden’s dedication to enhancing the prevailing program. Inventory markets are steady and the housing market is booming. If nothing else, the final 4 years have taught me to concentrate. Voting is essential and holding elected officers to activity is necessary. I’ll by no means be that lazy once more. Sara Sally L, 63, artist, educator and author, Kansas, former Republican, newly a Democrat



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