Magazine Opinions Volume 70, Issue 3

Mr. President, You’re Fired

On November 7th, 2020, it was confirmed that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected the next President and Vice President of the United States, meaning that President Trump’s terrible presidency and war on journalism will come to an end on January 20th, 2021.

Although Biden’s win is a tremendous victory for Democrats, they had rather disappointing results elsewhere. They have lost seats in the House of Representatives so far and did not gain meaningful numbers in the Senate. The fate of the Senate now rests on Georgia’s 2 runoff races, where Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are challenging incumbent Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, respectively. It is crucial for the Democrats that Warnock and Ossoff win, as they would then obtain the Senate majority. A loss for both will mean that the Republicans will retain the majority, and Mitch McConnell will continue his job as Majority Leader, a death sentence to nearly all of the Democrats’ legislative goals.

Biden’s initial plans for his presidency include dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, combating climate change, rebuilding the economy and dismantling systemic racism. Biden also plans to sign several executive orders that will immediately reverse many of the actions of the Trump administration. 

Biden’s legislative agenda includes a public health insurance option, raising the minimum wage to $15, investing trillions of dollars in clean energy and raising taxes on the richest Americans. Biden would, of course, need the approval of Congress to pass any of these; if the Senate becomes a 50-50 split where Vice President-Elect Harris would break the tie, even one “no” vote from the Democrats’ side would kill a proposed bill if all Republican senators voted “no.”

In order for Biden and the Democrats to secure successful results in the 2022 midterms, they need to pass bold progressive policies. They need to learn from their mistakes during the Obama administration and know that Mitch McConnell’s GOP will not compromise with them. It is extremely important that they win the 2 senate seats in Georgia and then use all the powers the Senate majority offers; This will involve eliminating the Senate filibuster, which will help them pass legislation tremendously. The Republicans learned that politics is war 12 years ago; It’s time for the Democrats to do the same.