Open Thread | President Biden Is Getting Stuff Done!

This announcement happened last week:

Now, at another blog, someone asked why this new program was being created? Why wasn’t it just run out of something like the AmeriCorps program?

This was a fabulous response:

Tim Ellis
SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 AT 10:21 AM

@NotMax: The core value proposition of the new program is two-fold imo:

1) A dedicated vehicle for large-scale climate mobilization lays important groundwork for us. The crisis is going to get substantially worse before it gets better; we need something we can scale up that is focused on addressing it and all the negative effects of it. AmeriCorps offers “stipended volunteer work”, which is nice but not appropriate to either the scope of the crisis nor to modern sensibilities among young people. They need an FDR style jobs program that can offer real careers doing meaningful work directly, not just passing them along to non-profits for volunteer. (I’m admittedly not well acquainted with AmeriCorps so this assessment relies on reading their wikipedia entry; any misunderstandings of AmeriCorps are my fault).

2) Like so much of what Biden has done, it’s not just smart policy but also smart politics. This sends a big message to young people that climate concerns are being heard and addressed, AND avenues of opportunity are being made for them. This program was one of the specific asks of the US climate movement’s youth wing so by delivering for them, Biden gives them more reasons to turn out for Dems next year and also shows that he listens to what they’re asking for and delivers – something we are frankly not used to from any president before now. It is this penchant of his for listening to us and delivering on our priorities that has converted me to a big-time Biden booster.

I thought that this was absolutely on point. This very concept harkens back to the New Deal. Harkens back to the CCC and WPA:

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a voluntary government work relief program that ran from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men ages 18–25 and eventually expanded to ages 17–28.[1] The CCC was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal that supplied manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to supply jobs for young men and to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States.

It joins together an idea from the past that worked, with the needs of today. I have to think that this is a benefit of having an older President. Having a President who spent 35 years in government before he was even Vice President. He is a student of history who understands that the challenges of today are new, but that there are possibly old solutions that just need tweaking; need modernization.

Remember, we have one party that believes Climate Change is real, and wants to find solutions and ways to attack the issue.
The other party won’t commit to Climate Change being real.
The more stark and obviousness in the difference in the parties with regards to this issue – can only be a positive. We can appeal to Gen Z and Younger Millennials with an actual Climate Change agenda.

And, our President stands with workers. Stands with the common man. He knows Unions built the middle class of this country.

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23 Responses to Open Thread | President Biden Is Getting Stuff Done!

  1. rikyrah says:

    Reecie @BlackWomenViews (@ReecieColbert) tweeted at 10:47 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    Republicans will shut the government down in 2 days for sh*ts & giggles…but the kicker is while essential workers will be forced to work without pay, they will still collect a paycheck. This is why we tried to warn y’all that Republicans are unfit to govern.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Reecie @BlackWomenViews (@ReecieColbert) posted at 3:09 PM on Fri, Sep 29, 2023:
    Put some respect on DA Fani Willis’ name! She has secured her first guilty plea from Trump co-defendant Scott Hall. He has flipped and will “testify truthfully” going forward.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) posted at 0:52 PM on Fri, Sep 29, 2023:
    NEWS: 198-232, the House votes to tank McCarthy’s stopgap funding bill. 21 Republicans vote with Democrats to sink the bill. A disaster for GOP leadership, which could embolden the Democratic-led Senate… and it makes a shutdown even more inevitable.

    Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) posted at 1:13 PM on Fri, Sep 29, 2023:
    Presiding over the House’s failed CR vote: Rep. Mike Lawler, who has urged his colleagues to avoid a shutdown. He represents the sort of Biden-to-GOP swing district in New York where a shutdown is bad politics.

    Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) posted at 1:36 PM on Fri, Sep 29, 2023:
    Republican leaders just made their swing-district lawmakers vote for a short-term bill with controversial spending cuts, only for their own hardliners to kill it — and leave those front-liners vulnerable to the attacks without the reward of funding the government.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Democracy Docket (@DemocracyDocket) posted at 9:54 AM on Fri, Sep 29, 2023:
    UPDATE: The Ohio Supreme Court won’t review the state’s new legislative districts as a part of ongoing lawsuits, the court’s conservative majority rules. New litigation would have to be filed to challenge the gerrymandered districts.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Qondi Is State Department Bae’s Left Handed Guitar (@QondiNtini) posted at 0:34 AM on Fri, Sep 29, 2023:
    Three important things happened in the past 24 hours:

    1) President Biden gave one of his most consequential speeches on democracy

    2) Vice President Harris sizzled in Miami at FIU on her #VPCollegeTour

    3) Representative Jasmine Crockett broke the Internet and the GOP

    A 🧵

  6. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) posted at 1:31 PM on Fri, Sep 29, 2023:
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore has filed for bankruptcy protection, less than two days before a new state law takes effect allowing victims of child sexual abuse to sue institutions, no matter how long ago the abuse took place

  7. rikyrah says:

    Renee (@PettyLupone) tweeted at 6:18 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    Man, Jasmine saying “Biden is only guilty of loving his son unconditionally and I hope my parents love me half as much” made me call my mama to double check.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Democracy Docket (@DemocracyDocket) tweeted at 5:47 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    NEW: Using the rejected independent state legislature theory, Michigan Republicans file a lawsuit seeking to invalidate voter-approved election amendments in the state constitution and to prohibit future ballot initiatives related to federal elections.

  9. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) tweeted at 5:04 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    NBC News Radio just reported Jonathan Turley testified at the GOP’s sham impeachment inquiry – and selectively omitted Turley’s admission nothing the GOP has nothing that rises to the level of an impeachable offense.

    The media is making a deliberate choice.

  10. rikyrah says:

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) tweeted at 8:14 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    Trump supporters have doxxed Fani Willis’ children, harassed her ex husband and her 80 year old father.

    Fani Willis: “threatening me is a waste of your time.”

  11. rikyrah says:


    Candidly Tiff (@tify330) tweeted at 1:07 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    No him saying “you about to lose yo job” in reference to McCarthy love me some Maxwell

  12. rikyrah says:

    Qondi Is State Department Bae’s Left Handed Guitar (@QondiNtini) tweeted at 11:54 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    It’s not a government shutdown, it’s a House Republican shutdown

    Congress is not failing, Kevin McCarthy is failing

    A deal doesn’t have to be reached, Kevin agreed to a deal months ago

    Congress isn’t dysfunctional, Kevin’s Clown Caucus is dysfunctional

  13. rikyrah says:

    LanaQuest aka RosaSparks (@LqLana) tweeted at 6:39 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    MTG introduced an amendment approved by House Confederates to reduce U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s salary to no more than $1.

    Lloyd James Austin III is a retired United States Army four-star general.

    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s awards are too numerous to list.…

  14. rikyrah says:

    2RawTooReal (@2RawTooReal) tweeted at 9:12 AM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    These political pundits love to grift off of our grief. Apparently Playing politics with peoples lives & lying on democrats is profitable

  15. rikyrah says:

    Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) tweeted at 8:26 AM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    Go somewhere with that BS… ask that Black man with the vote in the US Senate why he has held up the John Lewis Voting Rights bill, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and even blocked Black judges from SC from being appointed to the federal bench.

  16. rikyrah says:

    It’s Biden AND Harris 2024. Deal with it. (@What46HasDone) posted at 11:24 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    There is no doubt in my mind that today’s Republican Party would’ve handed Europe over to Hitler without a second thought.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Qondi Is State Department Bae’s Left Handed Guitar (@QondiNtini) tweeted at 10:47 PM on Thu, Sep 28, 2023:
    Something incredible is happening in Virginia

    This Black woman raised $1 million to protect the Democratic State Senate Majority

    She’s going to stop Glenn Youngkin’s extremism

    She’ll be the first Black Woman Senate Majority Leader in Virginia history

    Thank Senator Mamie Locke

  18. rikyrah says:

    Mohamad Safa (@mhdksafa) tweeted at 2:21 PM on Wed, Sep 27, 2023:
    My message inbox is being flooded by racists attacking and calling me “Muslim terrorist” for posting in defense of the little black girl who was subjected to racism during gymnastics. Say hello if you support my human rights advocacy and you don’t have a problem that I’m a Muslim

  19. rikyrah says:

    Chris Murphy 🟧 (@ChrisMurphyCT) tweeted at 10:02 AM on Wed, Sep 27, 2023:
    Remember, as part of the debt ceiling deal, McCarthy agreed to 2023-2024 spending levels.

    He kept his promise for like one minute, then quickly surrendered to his lunatic fringe. That’s the main reason he’s about to force a government shutdown.

  20. rikyrah says:

    The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) tweeted at 9:48 PM on Wed, Sep 27, 2023:
    Vivek says America needs to “put people back to work”.

    America has the lowest unemployment in decades under President Biden. Biden’s job record is stellar.

  21. rikyrah says:


    Crochet Creator🧶 (@Ore_akiinde) tweeted at 8:47 AM on Wed, Sep 27, 2023:
    Imagine sending your daughter to school and hearing that she’s dead before 10am that same day because she refused to accept flowers from a boy. Then he stabbed her with a machete because she rejected his flowers. My God.
    Like he packed a machete just incase she said no.

  22. rikyrah says:

    I believe this

    Henry VIII (@SussexHenryVIII) tweeted at 7:35 PM on Wed, Sep 27, 2023:
    So much behavior can be explained by the fact that no one at the palace or in the press thought for a second Prince Harry would leave.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😊😊 😊

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