President Biden on brink of achieving what President Trump only boasted about on Twitter: rebuilding America’s infrastructure

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is 78 years old, the oldest man ever to lead the nation. But, he also seems to be the wisest and most determined person to get real things done, including rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure that former President Donald J. Trump only boasted about on Twitter and at meetings in Washington D.C.

President Donald J. Trump disembarks Marine One at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, and boards Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
President Donald J. Trump disembarks Marine One at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, and boards Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Although COVID-19 cases are rising in several states as public health measures, including social distancing and wearing of face masks are relaxed, more than 100 million Americans have already received at least one dose of their vaccine. The country is now vaccinating between 3 million and 4 million Americans a day, far more than any other country in the world.

Crushing the coronavirus, reviving a struggling economy hit by lockdowns and shutdowns caused by the public health emergency, reopening schools and getting businesses up and running once again, were President Biden’s first publicly stated priorities. And he seems to be performing well in all those areas.

For instance, on his vaccination target, before taking office, Mr. Biden had promised to deliver 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days. On day 58, the president met that goal and moved the bar even higher, setting a new goal of 200 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office. That other goal is about to be met.

The economy is also doing well. Last month, employers added 916,000 jobs and gains from February were revised higher to 468,000 jobs, according to figures from the Labor Department released on Friday. In addition, the unemployment rate ticked down to 6 percent, the lowest since the pandemic forced businesses to grind to a halt, pushing unemployment rate to a record high of 14.7 percent in April 2020.

Despite those achievements, President Biden’s legacy is likely going to be defined by what will outlast his presidency and his life: his over $2 trillion infrastructure bill that is being promoted by the president and his team across the nation.

This is because the economy often does well at times, and not too well at other times, jobs often pick up and come down and pandemics often come and go. However, good infrastructure, including good roads and bridges, good seaports and airports, good electric cars and trains and the high-tech infrastructure that includes the broadband, will not only create massive number of jobs, they will also transform America for decades to come. The president’s infrastructure drive is what will give life to his “build back better” agenda, many years after he has left office in four or eight years.

President Biden has proposed raising corporate tax rates from 21 percent to 28 percent and other taxes on people and companies that are already making a lot of money to pay back what will be needed to building back the country’s infrastructure.

Although there have been concerns about inflation, most economists who predicted inflation during former President Obama’s bailouts recognized that their projections never materialized even as the economy boomed.

Former President Trump talked a lot about infrastructure, almost every week, every month, boasting about it on Twitter and at meetings in Washington D.C.. But, until he was defeated by President Biden, he never proposed any infrastructure bill, and never achieved anything in that area. President Biden is about to achieve in practical terms what President Trump only boasted about on Twitter. That will only happen if the Democrats remain united in the face of a united opposition by the Republicans.

Simon Ateba covers the White House in Washington D.C.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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