After being sworn in, Biden is set to sign a flurry of decrees to reverse Trump’s policies in various areas …
The first major issue that will engage the new president, however, will be the new economic aid package for a country exhausted by the virus. A few days ago, Biden presented a proposal of almost two trillion dollars that has been promoted as a list of measures of a progressive nature. Some of the measures, moreover, are not directly linked to the pandemic emergency, but represent battle horses of the “left” of the Democratic Party, such as raising minimum wages to 15 dollars an hour.
Even so, it is difficult not to see in Biden’s promises an illusory way out of the crisis. As always, the formally “progressive” stances of the Democrats will rather be the starting point of a negotiation with the Republicans, at the end of which very little progressive will remain. This in spite of the Democratic majority in both chambers of Congress, which would give Biden’s party the possibility to concretize the proposals presented to the Americans. Even before Biden’s arrival at the White House, in fact, the leaders of the two parties in the Senate, where the Democrats will have a very slim majority only thanks to the vote of vice-president Kamala Harris, met to trace the path of a bipartisan collaboration in legislative activity.
The attitude of the new administration over the next four years was glimpsed in the speech Biden gave Wednesday after being sworn in. Prevailing was a call for unity and an end to what he called an “uncivil war” in America. The unity of which the incoming president speaks, however, is not that of the entire country, but rather of the American ruling class, called to manage one of the most serious crises in recent history. The call for unity in a scenario marked by the active participation of a political party in subversive plots speaks volumes about the intentions and nature of Biden and his party.
Collaboration with the Republicans is essentially necessary to recompose an establishment shaken to its foundations by the crisis and the explosive social tensions that have accumulated. Unity must also be found to try to relaunch the presence of the United States on international scenarios, especially in the presence of multipolar dynamics that, instead of being stopped in the last four years, have actually been accelerated by the policies of the Trump administration.
On the domestic front, the exit from the tunnel will be made enormously complicated by the very conditions of the American system and the structural changes of these years. First and foremost, the fragility of the foundations on which an economy that looks almost exclusively to Wall Street and guarantees an incessant and illusory growth in stock market indices only thanks to low interest rates and the uninterrupted flow of money guaranteed by the Fed. Ultimately, Biden’s United States will not have the resources, as well as the political will, to arrest the crisis and resolve the social contradictions that have been channelled dangerously towards populism and the extreme right. The priorities will remain the interests of the oligarchy and the impulse to militarization, essential to sustain competition with the emerging powers of the planet.
Even before the beginning of Biden’s mandate, it was already possible to guess the prospects of the new president with the nominations for the most important posts of the new administration. Most of those chosen, many of whom are already undergoing hearings in the Senate to obtain the confirmation foreseen by the US Constitution, are “hawks” who have already served during the Obama presidency or have very recent precedents at the top of the big Wall Street banks. With these premises, beyond the rhetoric of Inauguration Day and the legitimate sense of liberation for Trump’s exit from the scene, the solutions that Biden will be able to offer Americans will do little to foster the “unity” on which the 46th president of the United States insisted on Wednesday.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – WPN