While more Americans have gotten vaccinated since Biden took office, it hasn’t been enough to stop the problems that come with new variants, which in some cases may be more viral or deadly.
It’s no secret that Biden inherited some of the good and some of the bad when it comes to the pandemic.
He was inaugurated right as the vaccine was being distributed. Since his inauguration in January, the percentage of people in the United States with at least one shot has gone from around 6% to more than 73%.
But he also came in during the pandemic’s big winter wave last year and has also been forced to deal with both the delta and the omicron variants.
Average hourly earnings have also gone up by an above-average amount, with the average hourly worker making about US$1.12 more than they did at the end of last year.
But there are some ugly economic figures that the US is battling too, with inflation going from 1.4% in January to 6.8% in February – well over the recommended 2%. This, in essence, this means things cost more, from groceries at the store to gas at the pump.
Biden’s most significant foreign policy move this year was the pullout from Afghanistan, which drew the criticism of many on both sides of the aisle over the summer.
But he has defended the pullout, saying that staying in the country would have resulted in worse outcomes than leaving.
In terms of China, Biden seems to have upheld his original approach: to confront China on some subjects, compete on others and work with China where mutual interests are available.
But he still hasn’t canceled student loan debt, something he committed to as President-elect and something progressives are still waiting to see him do.
In October, he managed to enact the child tax credit, which kept a reported 3.6 million children out of poverty in October 2021. But if he can’t pass the BBB plan, that tax credit will end, which will risk sending many of those children back under the poverty line.
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