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Letter: Biden’s accomplishments add up

By Norm Luther, Spokane
Published: February 29, 2024, 6:00am

President Joe Biden’s accomplishments have been remarkable, especially considering the cultlike devotion to Donald Trump of most congressional Republicans.
Trump opposes everything Biden proposes, completely disregarding our country’s welfare, caring only about his election. Among Biden’s many accomplishments, despite Republican opposition:
1. Funding for the Internal Revenue Service to audit tax cheats that will many times more than pay for itself.
2. Expansion of benefits and services for toxic-exposed veterans.
3. Executive orders protecting reproductive rights.
4. Increased wages for everyday Americans, now exceeding inflation.
5. More people working than any time in American history.
6. Rallied the world to support Ukraine to thwart Russian aggression against democracies.
7. Managed and tamed the COVID pandemic.
8. Representation on the U.S. Supreme Court for two large, under-served American constituencies by appointing the first ever public defender or Black woman (Ketanji Brown Jackson is both).
9. Rebuilding our long-neglected infrastructure to benefit all Americans, reversing failure of the previous administration.
10. Reducing climate change, funded partly by taxing the richest, although insufficient to counteract the previous administration’s huge tax cut for the wealthiest.
11. More people with health insurance than ever.
12. Historic student debt relief for needy families.

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