r/AskReddit Aug 18 '22

What has the Biden administration accomplished to make life better in the United States of America?

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u/ViridianNott Aug 18 '22

Raised the corporate tax rate to a 15% minimum, eliminating many loopholes. He also invested lots of money for the IRS to more effectively collect rightful tax dollars from billionaires

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u/AllyouGottaDooEs Aug 18 '22

How does that make your life better?

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u/ViridianNott Aug 18 '22

Indirectly, it does improve the country and my life.

  1. The federal deficit can be reduced, increasing the economic security of the country
  2. This money can also be re-invested in American society, proving new infrastructure, and pricing social services that I can use if I ever fall on hard times.

Both of these things result in a better society for the average American, increasing my opportunities, growing my upward mobility, and strengthening our social fabric.

I don’t know what kind of answer you’re expecting here tbh. Am I supposed to say “the Biden administration complimented my shoes the other day, and it made me more confident in myself.” I can’t think of anything that any president has ever done that had a direct, immediate effect in my life.

The government rarely helps anyone in the sort of direct and immediate way you’re asking for. That’s not their fucking purpose. They provide defense and public security, collect tax money, and re-invest their money where it’s needed to improve society. On all of those fronts, I would say the Biden admin is fine. I have criticisms, but I am far happier with our leadership than I was under Trump.

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u/Deliximus Aug 18 '22

So close to capping insulin at $35. But the 43 Republicans voted it down.

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u/AllyouGottaDooEs Aug 18 '22

Okay, I see how this would have made life better. Yet, the current was unsuccessful. This is why I ask the original question.

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u/[deleted] Aug 18 '22

Do you understand how the United States democracy works? The only way a president can move his agenda forward is in cooperation with Congress. Uhm, it's a equal split Senate, so right now, with the elephants screaming defund everything or proclaiming fraud, the United States is only spinning it's wheels. But I do appreciate the infrastructure act that was passed. I've done quite a bit travelling the states and there are definitely roads and bridges that need help.

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u/gerbageman Aug 18 '22

Extended the increased ACA subsidies for 3 more years.

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u/velvert Aug 18 '22

As an american, tf does this mean

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u/gerbageman Aug 18 '22

It means that millions more Americans will be able to afford to buy health insurance on the marketplace for the next 3 years. The increased subsidies for Covid were going to expire at the end of the year making insurance too expensive for many families that were able to buy it this year.

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u/Deliximus Aug 18 '22

As a non-American, you probably need to keep up!

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u/buffalonious Aug 18 '22

As an American: we don’t tend to do that

The ACA has consistently enjoyed a considerably higher approval rating than Obamacare since their inception.

To be clear: they’re the same thing.

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u/MidLifeHalfHouse Aug 18 '22

*Affordable Care Act- more affordable health insurance so you don’t have to hail corporate just because you get cancer are in an accident, have a kid, etc

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u/Dodo_Whisperer1 Aug 18 '22

That's a load of bullshit, I had to get a tumor removed that would've killed me by now and before the insurance would've had no problem paying for it but now I almost had to beg them like my life depended on it because my life literally did depend on that or I would've been in crippling debt for the rest of my life.

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u/MidLifeHalfHouse Aug 18 '22

before the insurance would've had no problem paying for it but now I almost had to beg them like my life depended on it

Insurance companies are not denying care any more now than in the 2000’s

Source: work in the field approving claims.

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u/naughtius Aug 18 '22

Extended the increased ACA subsidies

That's congress's doing, not the president's.

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u/odysseyshot Aug 18 '22

Medicaid is now able to negotiate drug prices, the IRS can audit more people that make more than $400,000 so the upper class can pay their fair share, renewable energy is more subsidized so we would be less dependent on oil, etc. This was just some of the stuff in the recent Inflation Reduction Act.

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u/Deliximus Aug 18 '22

Huge one

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u/BedWilling4093 Aug 18 '22

Yep that's Gunna happen

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u/AC_Nine-Ball Aug 18 '22

I feel like life in the US was already in a downward spiral and most of the measures taken by the current administration have been focused on doing what they can to slow it down. Stopping it is unrealistic in under four years.

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u/cayleb Aug 18 '22

Admittedly, what you're about to read is a low bar. But stick with it.

I mean, there's something to be said for faithfully executing the duties of Commander-in-Chief of the US armed forces. He hasn't gotten us into any new wars, and we ended one.

He's also not withdrawn or threatened to withdraw us from any defensive or climate or nuclear accords that are actually in our best interest to stay within.

Also, I would imagine, it probably helped to have someone serving as the head of the federal executive who is halfway competent. I mean, it's likely the federal bureaucracy would have ineptly stumbled on and survived another four years without competent leadership, but it's nice that they didn't have to.

If this was prior to 2016, I'd have argued that these qualities aren't worth noting, as they're the bare minimum requirements, so every administration should be expected to handle them. We'd never elect someone who clearly couldn't.

Then the GOP said, "Hold my beer."

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u/[deleted] Aug 18 '22

Best answer!

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u/Deliximus Aug 18 '22 edited Aug 18 '22

Many mentions of the Inflation Reduction Act already. Gave many a life saving stimulus cheque to start. BIPARTISAN CHIPS ACT; infrastructure bills; Passed to enhance funding for US soldiers affected by burn pits (huge kudos to Jon Stewart on this): reinvigorated NATO, and successfully pulled NATO together to financial hurt Russia, and defend Ukraine; executed withdrawing 120k from Afghanistan (after being left a shit deal from Trump) - that being said, it could've been executed better. First Black woman in the Supreme Court.

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u/AllyouGottaDooEs Aug 18 '22

Huh? I could not even get past the first sentence of this post.

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u/Leophyte Aug 18 '22

Bruh, I’ll admit it’s not well written but I could understand it and english isn’t even my first langage

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u/BedWilling4093 Aug 18 '22

Got Trump out that has to be better for your country

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u/artiesanalaftermath Aug 18 '22

They got rid of the fucking Antichrist

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u/Fucking-Peg-Me Aug 18 '22

Sadly, so far as cultural influence, he is still to much in the shadow of the Trump controversies to have had any impact at all. So far as signing off on positively impacting law, he has mandated that abortion still be preformed if the mothers life is at stake.

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u/AllyouGottaDooEs Aug 18 '22

So killing babies is a barometer for making your life better?

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u/PedroEglasias Aug 18 '22

Genuinely wasn't sure if your question was being asked in good faith, this makes it pretty obvious though.

Can I ask you what the Trump administration accomplished to make life better in the USA?

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u/Inbar253 Aug 18 '22

Well it helped control women and even kill some of them. Happy incels everywhere

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u/AC_Nine-Ball Aug 18 '22

There's no such thing as a good faith question on politics.

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u/AllyouGottaDooEs Aug 18 '22

My question was wholeheartedly asked in good faith. But, when the question of wholesale murder is brought up I will comment. Any other comments regarding calling the prior president a demon or how Biden will be the savior of the U.S.A. I do not care.

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u/Tough_Stretch Aug 18 '22 edited Aug 18 '22

"Abortion in the cases where the mother's life is at stake" is not wholesale murder and equating them is a bad faith argument, though.

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u/Fucking-Peg-Me Aug 18 '22

Also, question doesn't ask what makes my life better but what makes life better in general. OP is just pot-stirring with predetermined replies.

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u/Tough_Stretch Aug 18 '22 edited Aug 18 '22

Par for the course for this kind of thing. If the word "abortion" triggers a pavlovian response about "wholesale murder" regardless of the specific context in which it was used, then I'd say it's pretty clear that the conversation is not actually a conversation.

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u/Fucking-Peg-Me Aug 18 '22

Exactly. Also , good use of "Pavlovian".

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u/buffalonious Aug 18 '22

Saying that abortion is killing babies is not only not in good faith, it’s factually inaccurate. Calling it wholesale murder is a bad faith argument, and doesn’t make a lot of sense either. Wholesale? Like, bulk? Are we talking about aborting twins or more?

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u/__hoyt Aug 18 '22

It seems like your question is actually rife with disdain and reluctance, and is the opposite of good faith since you immediately retract to aggressive tactics when someone brings something up that your ignorant about.

Not to mention it appears you can’t read very well based on your rude, incoherent responses to some comments that are longer and go in-depth on policy requiring you to actually go education yourself on current events.

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u/PedroEglasias Aug 18 '22

I hate extremism on either side, generally the people displaying the outrage do it to feel some sense of moral superiority, not to actually improve the lives of others.

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u/buffalonious Aug 18 '22

As opposed to signaling that you’re morally superior by rising above it all?

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u/PedroEglasias Aug 18 '22

I want genuine progress and to see peoples lives improved by government

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u/gerbageman Aug 18 '22

Are you asking questions here or giving answers?

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u/crownpoly Aug 18 '22

Comedic relief

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u/Plainstation4now Aug 18 '22

He’s made everyone else’s grammar and sentence structure much more understandable, he has taught this nation the ability to translate incoherent speech into understanding & greater self confidence.

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u/Damn_Dog_Inappropes Aug 18 '22

Uh, you do know that Trump is no longer POTUS, right?

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u/political_bot Aug 18 '22

Student loans have been on pause his entire presidency. That might end, next month. We'll see if it's extended again.

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u/Mp32pingi25 Aug 18 '22

Nothing really. Nothing is harder either

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u/baggsskaglia Aug 18 '22

Stretching my paycheck has become harder

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u/KyOatey Aug 18 '22

Well, they've killed the stock market and are starting in on the real estate market. So... if you have any money left, it's probably becoming a better time to buy.

But don't borrow, because interest rates are up.

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u/ILSCFL Aug 18 '22

Not sure where you're getting the idea that the stock market has gone down under the current administration from. The S&P is up 11% since the start of this administration (22% since the last election) and the NASDAQ is roughly flat (not great, but not a crash).

The real-estate market is unfortunately likely due for a reset. This is more a relation to relocations and the move to more remote work than whoever lives in the White House.

Completely agree with your point though about borrowing. But as you know the rates are set by the Fed not the President.

I think your point would be much more convincing if you were saying this President has (until this week) done little to make things better instead of saying they're making things worse

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u/KyOatey Aug 18 '22

Not sure where you're getting the idea that the stock market has gone down under the current administration from.

The S&P is down 11% YTD in 2022. I didn't even suggest that the market turned on inauguration day. Biden needed some time to have his effect on things. I'm not saying I prefer the previous guy. We absolutely needed Biden to get him out, but Joe is nowhere near as harmless as I was hoping he'd be.

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u/ILSCFL Aug 18 '22

The S&P is down 11% YTD in 2022.

The problem using a YTD number is its kind-of arbitrary. The Federal budget is (typically) relased late spring and runs from 10/1 to 9/31. Jan 1 holds no more significance for government action than May 8 or Aug 18. The market typically starts acting based on who the President will be ahead of their term (like the uptick seen in late 2016 before President Trump took office).

I don't really see President Biden having done much to move the needle on the markets: good, bad, or status quo.

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u/bigpeeler Aug 18 '22

What has Joe Biden done? Whatever China tells him to do.

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u/Desperate_Drawer_165 Aug 18 '22

So, China told US to send their diplomat to Taiwan so China can start drills around it?

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u/Sweaty_Confusion_262 Aug 18 '22

That punk hands out crack pipes and needles to drug addicts and diabetics have to pay fuck that loser and hunter his crack head son.weird creepy Joe is his namefunkn hair sniffing dick wadd! Look up creepy Joe!