Would Someone Please Explain The Big Mo To Biden?
It pains me to say this, but I’m really disappointed with President Biden. He got off to a really good start even before he was inaugurated. And then followed that up with his American Rescue Plan. Got it passed in record time. Checks sent out in record time. Vaccination rates setting records.
Then he stumbled.
Infrastructure hasn’t been going well for him. Mainly, it’s about the taxes needed to pay for the projects.
The border has been a disaster. Biden seems to be floundering around rather than vetting possible solutions.
Then he tried to do something about gun control. It was pretty lame.
Now it’s the Supreme Court.
The big question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Biden will try to pack the court.
Biden has made the fatal mistake of establishing a commission to “study” the Supreme Court. He has made sure that the commission is diverse, both ethnically and politically. The commission will study the issues for 180 days and then send a report on its findings to Biden.
Among the issues that the commission will study are increasing the number justices and term limits.
That’s a whole lotta studying but I don’t see anything about recommendations. So what’s happening is that Biden is just kicking the ball down the road for six months and then whoops! It will be time to start campaigning for the midterms and of course we can’t do anything drastic until after the midterms because we don’t want to upset the chances of Democrats expanding their majorities in the House and Senate or, God forbid, losing seats to the Republicans.
Somebody needs to explain the concept of the Big Mo to Biden.
He had lots of momentum built up after his rescue plan was passed. He should have used that to get his infrastructure plan passed. Who cares if the Republicans in Congress don’t like it? Tell McConnell to take his Trojan Horse analogy and stick it where the sun don’t shine.
Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, loved what Biden was doing. They loved their relief checks. They loved their vaccines. They would have loved improvements in their infrastructure too.
Same with gun control. Americans are sick of mass shootings. Sick of their kids having to do active shooter drills in school. They want to be able to live their lives in safety not fear. The only people who don’t like gun control are Republicans who are funded by the NRA.
Biden could have used the Big MO to finally get meaningful gun control legislation passed.
And now the Supreme Court. I agree that we need to make some changes there. Maybe not increasing the number of justices, but definitely term limits and mandatory retirement.
Lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court are written in the Constitution. Except that back then (18th century) the average life expectancy for White men (the only ones allowed to be appointed at the time) was less than 50 years. That meant that justices did not serve for decades as they do now when life expectancies have increased by about three decades.
Now, I understand that there are people who stay sharp even into old age. Consider RBG who was 87 when she died but was as sharp as ever right up until the end. But with advanced age, comes infirmities. Chronic illnesses. Serious, life-threatening illnesses like the cancer that killed her.
I know that it sounds callous, but she died at a very inopportune time, right before the election. If there were term limits or mandatory retirement, it would be much less likely for a justice to die in office.
Term limits or mandatory retirement would also ensure a regular turnover of justices so that we wouldn’t be facing a court that skewed liberal or conservative for years. With presidents of both parties able to regularly fill openings, the court would be more consistently balanced.
But alas, nothing will be done. Biden has squandered all of the advantages that he had after the passage of his relief bill. We are back to politics as usual. Legislative gridlock.
Worst of all, without passage of his infrastructure bill, gun control legislation and changes to the Supreme Court, the Democrats are destined to lose the midterms, setting us up for two years of obstruction in the Congress until the 2024 elections.
There is a minimum age to run for president. There should also be a maximum age to run for president. Biden is a nice guy, but he is too old and too slow to be a truly effective president.
Sorry, Joe. I used to be a big fan but you are showing your age. We need a president who is younger and more agile. Someone who knows that they have very little time to get a lot done and has the energy and stamina to do it.