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On his 80th day in office, President Biden publicized his worst tendencies. He hired a presidential commission at the Supreme Court to “judge the merits and legitimacy of certain reform proposals,” which is mostly referred to as “court wrapping”.
While the expansion of the Supreme Court would delegitimize the institution – the last sane federal institution in the US – the very existence of the Commission is a way of intimidating the current Supreme Court justices. How could lawyers who value their court, value its history and integrity, respond to the credible danger of being devalued by the executive? Consider the history of court packaging under Franklin Roosevelt. When the Supreme Court ruled several New Deal laws unconstitutional in the 1930s, President Roosevelt attempted to “vitalize” the court with younger, like-minded judges. That initiative failed because of some men of integrity within Roosevelt’s own party, but the message was received. Roosevelt then secured a much friendlier Supreme Court.
You will have a thin time finding men of integrity within you
Joe BidenDemocratic party ready to denounce the Commission for what it is: a heavy blow to the independence of the judiciary.
– Talmage Tyler, George Mason University, Economics
No moderate here
Was President Biden’s $ 1.9 Trillion Covid Relief Bill Necessary? What about the infrastructure package that will cost an additional $ 2 trillion when passed? It is too early to judge on these issues. However, the president’s agenda for the first 100 days shows one thing: Mr Biden has ditched his temperate label and given up his message of unity.
During the Democratic Party primaries, Mr Biden made it clear that he was not the candidate to push the party far to the left. As a presidential candidate, he put his reputation across the aisle at the center of his campaign. However, after his tenure, Mr Biden has moved aggressively to the left and made no real attempt to pass bipartisan law. After a tight presidential competition and with the smallest majority in the House and Senate, Mr Biden was not given a mandate by voters to pursue a lively left-wing agenda implemented through executive orders and votes with the vice president to break a tie in the Senate. But that’s exactly what he did.
– Thomas Wolfson, University of Maryland, College Park, History
The return of reason
The best that President Biden has done since he took office has been to restore sanity, truth, and order to US politics. If Mr. Biden and
Won in November, they identified four priorities for their first days in office: containing the pandemic, tackling climate change, promoting racial justice and revitalizing the economy. Whether or not you think Mr Biden achieved his goals – and I think the record is mixed – isn’t it a relief for a president to accurately identify the problems our country is facing?
For four years, President Trump avoided responding to climate change – which he viewed as a “joke” – with complaints that wind turbines kill birds and fail to flush toilets with low flow rates even when wildfires scorched California. He told us to fear violent gangs like MS-13, but it was a crowd of his own followers who invaded the hallowed halls of Congress. He downplayed the Covid-19 threat and promoted falsehoods regarding masks, which made the pandemic here far worse than it needed to be. He lamented America’s growing debts and the plight of the displaced while cutting taxes on the rich. Even if the administration got close to reality, it would miss the mark; China is threatening this country economically and ideologically, not by boiling up viruses in a Wuhan laboratory.
Mr Biden’s greatest achievement has been his constant focus on the real problems of the country, which have been shown in his speeches, executive orders and legislative proposals. The first 100 days of this government have proven to be a victory for rational, evidence-based policymaking. However, focusing on the right problems only creates the conditions for a far greater challenge: solving those problems.
– Paul Hager, Dartmouth College, Government and Business
Another foreign policy from “America First”
In the post-war period, democratic administrations generally fell short in foreign policy. President Biden is no exception. We knew he got off to a bad start when he authorized John Kerry to establish a rival center of power in the State Department.
President Trump left a parting gift in the Abraham Agreement. The Saudis and Israelis were on the verge of normalizing relations – an important step towards Middle East peace and a unified front to challenge Iran. The deal was reportedly canceled only because the Saudis reasonably preferred to make a deal with the incoming Biden administration to curry the favor. A hundred days later there was no announcement. Instead, Mr Biden has strained relations with the Saudis by imposing sanctions on 76 Saudi nationals, delaying arms sales and delisting the Houthi militia in Yemen as a terrorist organization. Mr Kerry made headlines this week by allegedly providing the Iranian Foreign Minister with classified information about Israeli drone strikes in Syria. America’s closest ally in the Middle East will not approve of this news.
The president also picked up on his predecessor’s misguided America First policy. Biden’s government initially refused to share supplies and unused vaccines with India, an indispensable ally in containing China and a country in dire need of humanitarian aid. The isolationist ideology also influenced the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, which gave the Taliban a strategic and symbolic victory. America has often maintained military bases in countries it has occupied, such as South Korea, Germany, and Japan. Why can’t it do that in a hopelessly poorly managed Afghanistan?
In the face of these mistakes, don’t hold your breath to make a course correction.
– Rahul Srivastava, Cornell University, Law (JD)
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