Biden laid out his plan for the U.S. in a joint address to Congress on Wednesday night, touting a $ 6 trillion spending plan that would fundamentally expand the role of the federal government.
The Biden spending package, known as the American Families Plan, is designed to grow government assistance programs for education, child care and housing.
Biden insisted his proposal would help Americans by putting money directly into their pockets.
“No one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck, or taking care of themselves and their loved ones, or parent or spouse or child,” バイデンは言った.
ザ・ ウォールストリートジャーナル criticized Biden’s “cradle to grave” 予定, arguing that it was designed to make the middle class dependent on government.
共和党セン. Tim Scott from サウスカロライナ delivered the Republican rebuttal to the president’s remarks Wednesday, and directly refuted Biden and the Democrats’ big spending approach.
The South Carolina senator argued that conservative policies and principles are the way to set Americans free, not big government stepping in.
Scott told the American people in his televised address that the American Family Plan would lead to “even more taxing, even more spending, to put Washington even more in the middle of your life — from the cradle, to college.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence, during remarks to the Palmetto Family Council at a dinner on Thursday evening, expanded on the Republican vision for Americans — to build upon individual success and determine their own destinies without heavy government influence.
Pence said that he has “had enough of higher taxes” そして “a bigger welfare state” during Biden’s first 100 日々.
The former vice president expressed the conservative view that devotion to freedom and limited government would result in individual prosperity.
“後 100 days I think the time has come for Americans devoted to faith and family and freedom, and limited government, to stand up and unite behind a positive agenda and win back America. And it starts right here and right now, in South Carolina,” Pence said.
この “tale of two americas” has become even more striking over the last year, as calls for social justice and law enforcement accountability erupted following the death of ジョージ・フロイド in police custody over the summer.
具体的には, the growing debate over whether America is “fundametally racist” has embroiled both Republicans and Democrats.
スコット, a Black man who grew up in the South, addressed the issue of racism in his rebuttal speech, detailing instances in his life when he was judged based on the color of his skin.
“Nowhere do we need common ground more desperately than in our discussions of race,” スコットは言った.
“Hear me clearly: アメリカは人種差別主義の国ではありません,” 彼は続けた. “It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different kinds of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”
Biden weighed in during an interview Friday morning, saying he doesn’t “think the American people are racist,” but that the country’s history of slavery and Jim Crow laws still have impact on America today.
On numerous occasions, Biden has referred to the term “体系的な人種差別” to describe the racial issues dividing the country.