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- 46th and current president of the United States
Build Back Better would rebuild economy
The Build Back Better Act is the most significant piece of economic legislation in a generation and is a long-awaited moment for so many Americans. The act, passed by the U.S. House, would be paid for by making wealthy corporations and individuals pay their fair share of taxes while assuring tax cuts for the smallest businesses.
The act lowers the cost of child care, offers free preschool, expands job training programs, lowers the cost of higher education, closes the Medicaid coverage gap, adds hearing benefits to Medicare and lowers prescription drug prices.
It would also protect our state from the devastations of climate change.
Thank you, House Democrats and President Biden, for going big and bold and helping to rebuild our economy.
Catherine Baxter, Port Charlotte
President passed judgment on Rittenhouse
Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and wounded another. Before any evidence was presented, last year, Joe Biden labeled him a white supremacist.
After Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all charges by a jury in a court of the United States of America, President Biden said the verdict left him “angry and concerned” (spreading division), although he admitted he didn’t watch the trial.
How can an intelligent person be angry about something he knows absolutely nothing about?
Based on facts, we the people have to realize that Joe Biden is ignorant and should be removed from office due to incompetency.
Daniel Johnson, Sarasota
Where is Republican Party headed?
I believe in the two-party political system. I appreciate that each party has policy objectives and I want to hear them.
But what’s happened to the Republican Party? It’s not a political party anymore, it’s a human wrecking ball. Proposed legislation intended to help Americans is flatly opposed by Republicans as “communism.”
Dangerous statements by Republican leaders are indignantly dismissed as free speech.
Kevin McCarthy, a would-be House speaker, gives an 8.5-hour speech laced with juvenile ramblings while colleagues gaze admiringly. Republicans ignore House subpoenas in the Jan. 6 investigation, claiming presidential executive privilege.
Donald Trump suggests he should be named the next speaker, not to legislate but to disrupt, and some Republicans think it’s a great idea.
Republican leaders have taken action to ensure that they never lose another election, and if they do, to ensure they can overturn it.
What? And now they’re pushing Republican Party purity. Believe the big lie, or at least say you do, and support all the party’s insanity, or you’re out. Where are the Republicans going with this nonsense?
I desperately want America to succeed. So why would I ever vote for Republicans when their party clearly wants to break it?
Gary Booher, Lakewood Ranch
No right or wrong way to fight for equity
What Bret Stephens hoped to accomplish with his column Nov. 13 falsely equating “wokeness” with the struggle for social and racial equity is beyond me (“Why ‘wokeness’ will fail”).
If that wasn’t condescending enough, he argues that there is a right way to fight for your constitutional rights and a wrong way. While he doesn’t state exactly what the “right way” is, we can assume he is referring to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s long-game view, where Black folk don’t ask for too much too soon.
Another fragile white man uncomfortable hearing the vocalization of those tired of the long slog toward equity, he trivializes their pain through name-calling, aka “wokeness.”
Rather than face that the very system that allowed him to prosper while denying others access is very much alive, he argues “the experience of 250 years is that the first type of movement generally succeeds.”
For goodness’ sake, that’s 150 years of slavery and 100 years of Jim Crow. Has the needle moved? Yes! Is the deck still stacked? You bet!
We live in a segregated society with mass incarceration of black men and inequitable access to health care, education and housing. I don’t want to wait another 250 years to live in an equitable society.
Rhonda Peters, Sarasota
Unfortunately, you can’t fix stupid
Over the years our amazing scientists have developed vaccines to prevent a number of deadly diseases: small pox, polio, measles and, recently, COVID-19.
They have yet to discover a vaccine to prevent stupidity. They would, however, be wasting their time because the people who need it most won't take it.
Richard Garms, Englewood
Donate your hurricane provisions
This is a good time of year to review the expiration dates on your hurricane food and give all that’s older to local food banks.
Replace it in May!
William Anderson, Sarasota
This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Build Back Better Act big and bold, Republican Party a wrecking ball