• Biden: `There's Nothing We Can Do To Change The Trajectory Of The Pande

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    President Joe Biden was slammed on Friday after stating during a press conference that there was “nothing” his administration could do to
    “change the trajectory of the pandemic over the next several months,”
    which comes after he campaigned on ending the pandemic.

    Biden made the remarks about not being able to change the course of the pandemic over the next several months while talking about his “American
    Rescue Plan,” and how millions of Americans could lose their homes
    unless urgent action is taken. As The New York Times reported, Biden
    issued a series of executive orders on his first full day in office and
    pledged to wage a “full-scale wartime effort” to combat the pandemic.
    On Friday, he issued two more orders “aimed at steering additional
    federal aid to families struggling to afford food amid the pandemic and
    helping workers stay safe on the job,” the paper reported.

    “If we fail to act there will be a wave of evictions and foreclosures
    in the coming months as this pandemic rages on because there’s nothing
    we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several
    months,” Biden said (full transcript of his remarks below). “So look,
    this would overwhelm emergency shelters and increase COVID-19
    infections as people have nowhere to go and … can’t socially distance.
    The American Rescue Plan asks Congress to provide rental assistance for millions of hard hit families and tenants.”

    “A lot of America is hurting, the virus is surging,” Biden later added.
    “We’re 400,000 dead, expected to reach well over 600,000. Families are
    going hungry. People are at risk of being evicted. Job losses are
    mounting again. We need to act.”

    Biden’s remarks during the press conference quickly caused a stir
    online with people expressing frustration and anger over what he said.

    Former Congressman Justin Amash wrote: “Haven’t we been told for months
    that restrictions and mandates were necessary to change the trajectory
    of the pandemic in the next several months?”

    CNN commentator Scott Jennings wrote: “His entire campaign was that he
    had the plan to end the pandemic.”

    Heritage Communications Director John Cooper wrote: “The backpedal is
    so sad. Can’t believe anyone bought his bluff on this.”


    Political commentator Stephen Miller wrote: “This is a sudden and
    pretty extraordinary quote from the guy who is pretty much only in
    office for promising to do exactly that.”

    Radio host Chad Hasty wrote: “Well thank God we elected the guy who had
    a plan to crush the virus. A few days into the job and he’s giving
    people little hope while damaging the economy. But hey, at least he
    isn’t mean on Twitter.”

    The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh wrote: “Then why do you want us to wear
    masks for 100 days?”

    Then why do you want us to wear masks for 100 days?

    — Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) January 22, 2021

    Radio host Dale Jackson wrote: “Wait a second, Trump is personally
    responsible but Biden can just toss his hands up and say, ‘nothing we
    can do’?”

    Doctor and political commentator Pradheep Shanker wrote: “Wait… Now
    that he’s president… THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO? That is exactly
    opposite of the Democrat messaging for the last year, right??? SMDH.”

    Political commentator Dave Rubin wrote: “From ‘two weeks to flatten the
    curve’ a year ago to basically ‘we don’t have a clue’ today. We get it.
    They’re all incompetent buffoons drunk on power and our money. Fine
    then. Open the country. Now.”


    Full transcript of Joe Biden’s remarks provided via Rev:

    BIDEN: Good afternoon, folks. Vice President Harris and I just received
    a briefing from our economic team and we remain in a once in a century
    public health crisis that’s led to the most unequal job and economic
    crisis in modern history. And the crisis is only deepening. It’s not
    getting better. It’s deepening. Yesterday, we learned that 900,000 more Americans filed for unemployment, 900,000. They join millions of
    Americans who through no fault of their own, have lost the dignity and
    respect that comes with a job and a paycheck.

    So many of them never thought they’d ever be out of work in the first
    place, just like my dad did when he was used to lie awake at night when
    I was a kid staring at the ceiling unable to sleep, because he worried
    about whether or not he’s about to lose his health care. Or whether we
    were going to have the money to pay the mortgage, because of the
    economic circumstance he was in. And now a lot of these folks are
    facing eviction or waiting hours in their cars, literally hours in
    their cars waiting to be able to feed their children as they drive up
    to a food bank.

    This is the United States of America and they’re waiting to feed their
    kids. Folks who are able to still keep their job, many have seen their paychecks reduced and they’re barely hanging on and wondering what’s
    next. Sometimes the anxiety about what’s going to happen next is more consequential than what actually happened, but this is happening today
    in America. And this cannot be who we are as a country. These are not
    the values of our nation. We cannot, will not let people go hungry. We
    cannot let people be evicted because of nothing they did themselves.

    I cannot watch people lose their jobs and we have to act. We have to
    act now. It’s not just to meet them moral obligation to treat our
    fellow Americans with the dignity respect they deserve. This is an
    economic imperative, a growing economic and consensus that we must act decisively and boldly to grow the economy for all Americans, not just
    for tomorrow, but in the future. There’s a growing course of top
    economists that agree. That in this moment of crisis with interest
    rates as low as they are, historic lows, it is smart fiscal investment, including deficit spending, and they’re more urgent than ever.

    And that return on these investments in jobs and racial equity is going
    to prevent long-term economic damage and benefits that are going to far
    surpass their costs. If we don’t act, the rest of the world is not
    standing still in terms of their competitive advantage or the
    competitive possibilities relative to us. That our debt situation will
    be more stable and not less stable according to these economists. And
    that such investments in our people is going to strengthen our economic competitiveness as a nation and help us out-compete our competitors in
    the global economy, because we’re going to grow the economy with these investments.

    While the COVID-19 package that passed in December was the first step.
    As I said, at the time, it’s just a down payment. We need more action
    and we need to move fast. Last week, I laid out a two-step plan of
    rescue and recovery to get through the crisis and to a better and
    stronger and more secure America. The first step of our American Rescue
    Plan is a plan to tackle the pandemic and get direct financial relief
    to Americans who need it the most.

    In just a few days, it’s just been a few days since I outlined this
    plan and it’s received bipartisan support from the majority of American
    mayors and governors. Businesses and labor organizations have together
    welcomed it as an urgent action that’s needed. Even Wall Street firms
    have underscored its importance. In fact, an analysis by Moody’s
    estimates that if we pass our American Rescue Plan, the economy would
    create 7.5 million jobs just in this year alone.

    That would be on the way to the more than 18 million, I think it was
    18,600,000 jobs that they believe would be created over the four year
    period with our Build Back Better recovery plan. And with our American
    Rescue Plan, our economy would return to full employment a full year
    faster than without the plan, even President Trump’s. President Trump’s
    now, not some liberal organization. President Trump’s top former
    economic advisor, Kevin Hassett said, quote, “He absolutely is in favor
    of this rescue plan.”

    This almost doesn’t have a partisan piece to it. We’re seeing the
    support because this plan takes a step that we so urgently need. More
    than just a step number of steps. It funds big parts of the COVID-19
    national strategy that I released yesterday, we released yesterday. Our national strategy puts us on a war footing to aggressively speed up our COVID-19 response, especially on vaccines and testing and reopening our schools.

    I found it fascinating yesterday, the press asked the question is a 100
    million enough? Week before they were saying, “Biden, you’re crazy. You
    can’t do 100 million in 100 days.” Well, we’re going to God-willing not
    only do 100 million, we’re going to do more than that, but we have to
    do this. We have to move. The American Rescue Plan also includes
    economic relief for most Americans who are in need. We’re going to
    finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in direct payments to
    folks. $600, which was already passed is simply not enough. If you
    still have to choose between paying your rent, putting food on the
    table, we’ll extend unemployment insurance benefits for millions of
    workers beyond the deadline that’s now set.

    It means that 16 million Americans who are currently relying on
    unemployment benefits while they look for work can count on these
    checks continuing to be there in the middle of this crisis. The
    American Rescue Plan also addresses the growing housing crisis in
    America. Approximately 14 million Americans, 14 million have fallen
    behind on rent and many risk eviction. If we fail to act, there’ll be a
    wave of evictions and foreclosures in the coming months as this
    pandemic rages on. Because there’s nothing we can do to change the
    trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.

    So look, this should overwhelm emergency shelters, increase COVID-19
    infections as people have nowhere to go and can’t socially distance.
    The American Rescue Plan asked Congress to provide rental assistance
    for millions of hard hit families and tenants. This will also be a
    bridged economic recovery for countless mom and pop landlords who can’t
    afford not to have the rent, but they can’t wait. So on Inauguration
    Day, I directed my administration to extend nationwide restrictions on evictions and foreclosures. These crises are straining the budgets of
    states and cities and tribal communities that are forced to consider
    layoffs and service reductions among essential workers, police
    officers, firefighters, first responders, nurses are all at the risk of
    losing their jobs.

    Over the last year, more than 600,000 educators have lost their jobs in
    cities and towns. The American Rescue Plan will provide emergency
    funding to keep these essential workers on the job and maintain
    essential services. Look, it will also help small businesses that are
    the engines of our economic growth. When you say small business, most
    people think the major corporate entities are the ones who hire
    everybody. These small businesses are the glue that hold and they’re
    important, but these small businesses that glue and hold these
    communities together. They are hurting badly and they account for
    nearly half of the entire us workforce, nearly half.

    Our rescue plan will provide flexible grants to help the hardest hit
    small businesses to survive the pandemic. And low cost capital to help entrepreneurs of all backgrounds create and maintain jobs, plus provide essential goods and services that communities so desperately depend on.
    Look, our recovery plan also calls for an increase in the minimum wage
    at 15, at least $15 an hour. No one in America should work 40 hours a
    week making below the poverty line. $15 gets people above the poverty
    line. We have so many millions of people working 40 hours a week
    working and some with two jobs, and they’re still below the poverty

    Our plan access to affordable childcare. That’s going to enable
    parents, particularly women to get back to work. Millions are not
    working now because they don’t have that care. All told, the American
    Rescue Plan would lift 12 million Americans out of poverty and cut
    child poverty in half. That’s five million children lifted out of
    poverty. Our plan will reduce poverty in the black community by one
    third and reduce poverty and Hispanic community by almost 40%.

    I look forward to working with members of Congress of both parties to
    move quickly to get this American Rescue Plan to the American people.
    And then we can move with equal urgency and bipartisanship to the
    second step of our economic plan to Build Back Better, the recovery
    plan. It’s a plan that’s going to make historic investments in
    infrastructure, manufacturing, innovation, research and development,
    and clean energy and so much more that’s going to create millions more
    jobs. Good paying jobs, not minimum wage jobs. It will only work with
    members of both parties in the Congress. There are steps that we can
    and must take right now.

    For example, on Inauguration Day, I directed my administration to pause
    student loan repayments for interest for the interest payments for
    Americans with federal student loans until at least September. So
    they’re not going to have to pay till September. They still pay the
    bill as it stands now, but they will not accrue interest and they don’t
    have to pay, begin to pay until September. And we may have to look
    beyond that I might add. Today, I’m signing an executive order that
    directs the whole of government, a whole of government effort to help
    millions of Americans who were badly hurting.

    Requires all federal agencies to do what they can do to provide relief
    to families, small businesses and communities. And in the days ahead, I
    expect agencies to act. Let me touch on two ways these actions can help
    change Americans’ lives. We need to tackle the growing hunger crisis in America. One in seven households in America, one in seven, more than
    one in five black and Latino households in America report they do not
    have enough food to eat. That includes nearly 30 million adults and as
    many as 12 million children.

    And again, they’re in this situation through no fault of their own.
    It’s unconscionable. The American Rescue Plan provides additional
    emergency food and nutrition assistance for tens of millions of
    children and families to address this crisis. But families literally
    can’t wait another day. As a result of the executive order I’m going to
    shortly sign, the Department of Agriculture will consider taking
    immediate steps to make it easier for the hardest hit families to
    enroll and claim more generous benefits in the critical food and
    nutrition assistance area.

    This is going to help tens of millions of families, especially those
    who can’t provide meals for their kids, who are learning remotely at
    home who are not receiving the regular meal plans that they have at
    school for breakfast or lunch. We also need to protect the health and
    safety of the American worker. Right now, approximately 40% of
    households in America have at least one member with a pre-existing
    condition. Just imagine, you’re out of work through no fault of your
    own, you file for unemployment while you’re looking for a job, you find
    one and you get an offer. But then you find out if there’s a high risk
    of you’re getting infected with COVID-19 because of your condition and
    you and your loved ones have even greater risk of death and serious
    illness because of the pre-existing conditions, so you turn it down.

    Right now if you did that, you could be denied unemployment insurance
    because you’re offered a job, you didn’t take it. It’s wrong. No one
    should have to choose between their livelihoods and their own health,
    or the health of their loved ones in the middle of a deadly pandemic.
    Because of the executive order I’m about to sign, I expect the
    Department of Labor to guarantee the right to refuse employment that
    will jeopardize your health. And if you do so, you’ll still be able to
    qualify for the insurance. That’s a judgment the Labor Department will

    Look, they’re just two consequential ways that the action I’m taking
    today will help people in need. Another way to help approximately two
    million veterans maintain their financial footing by pausing federal collections on over payments and debts. Another, make sure that federal contractors are receiving taxpayers’ dollars, provide their workers
    with the pay and benefits they deserve. These are places where federal
    tax dollars are administered or being made available to build things
    from ships to staircases. And we let out the federal government lets
    the contract and we’re going to make sure that they buy American and
    are made in America.

    And here’s another. Right now there are up to 8 million people that are eligible for direct payments from the CARES Act and a relief bill
    passed in December. They’re entitled to those payments, but there’s not
    an easy way for those folks to access to them. So we’re making it a
    priority today to fix that problem and get them relief they’re entitled
    to. Look, I’m going to close and summarize this way. A lot of America’s hurting. The virus is surging. We’re 400,000 dead, expected to reach
    well over 600,000. Families are going hungry. People are at risk of
    being evicted. Job losses are mounting again. We need to act. No matter
    how you look at it, we need to act.

    If we act now, our economy will be stronger in both the short and long
    run. That’s what economist left, right and center telling us. Both
    liberal and conservative will be better and stronger across the board.
    If we act now, we’ll be better able to compete with the world. If we
    act now, we’ll be better able to meet our moral obligations to one
    another as Americans. I don’t believe that people in this country just
    want to stand by and watch their friends, their neighbors, co-workers,
    fellow Americans go hungry, lose their homes or lose the sense of
    dignity and hope and respect. I don’t believe that, especially in the
    middle of a pandemic that’s so weakened and wrecked so much havoc and
    cause so much pain on America.

    That’s not who we are. The bottom line is this. We’re in a national
    emergency. We need to act like we’re in a national emergency. So we’ve
    got to move with everything we’ve got and we’ve got to do it together.
    I don’t believe Democrats or Republicans are going hungry and losing
    jobs. I believe Americans are going hungry and losing their jobs, and
    we have the tools to fix it. We have the tools to get through this. We
    have the tools to get this virus under control and our economy back on
    track. And we have the tools to help people. So let’s use the tools,
    all of them, use them now.

    So I’m going to sign this executive order, but let me conclude again by
    saying. Folks, this is one of the cases where business, labor Wall
    Street, Main Street, liberal, conservative, economists know we have to
    act now not only to help people who are in need now, but to allow us to
    be in a competitive position worldwide and be the leader of the world
    economy in the next year or two and three and going forward. So thank
    you. I’m going to sign this executive order.

    The first one is the economic relief related to COVID-19 pandemic that
    I referenced. The second one is protecting the federal workforce. Thank
    you very much.

    Trump won.

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