by Alex Lloyd Gross
Mar 9, 2023
President Joe Biden paid another visit to Philadelphia. This time, he went to the Finishing Trades Institute on Hornig Road. He was there to talk about his budget and what it will mean.for voters.
He was adamant about not cutting any programs like Social Security. He tricked the MAGA Republicans to come out against any cuts in his State Of the Union Address. “But what about the Affordable Care Act, or Medicaid” ?he asked a small crowd of invited guests. He vowed to not support any cuts in those programs.
Biden also talked about not raising taxes on those making less than $400,000 per year. “I want to get a fair tax system, who here thinks the current tax system is fair” he asked the crowd. . Not one hand went up. “It’s not fair for billionaires to pay three percent in taxes, No billionaire should be paying a lower tax rate than a firefighter”, Biden said.
Biden stood behind his podium for a bit but then grabbed a microphone and wandered his stage. He would look out into sections of the crowd to make certain emphasis on his points. As the president spoke, a few people shouted in agreement. One such time was when he spoke about limit federal borrowing, including a reversal of the 2017 tax cuts made by then President Donald Trump . In fact, Biden only referred to his predecessor by name one time. Every other time he referenced “The prior administration”.
During the riots during the spring of 2020, “Defund the police ” was a rallying cry. Biden said he will not do that. He will invest in training and equipment instead.
He spoke about getting prescription drug prices under control. “Insulin is now $35.00”, he said. Nowhere is prescription drug prices higher than in the United States. When very wealthy pay increased taxes, that money will be used to help fund medicare and keep it solvent beyond the year 2050. The president was speaking to a friendly crowd. There were no protestors of hecklers. At times, the crowd was quiet. So quiet that you could hear a pin drop.
This is doubtful that this budget will pass the house and senate as written. . This budget is a list of talking points for the 2024 Presidential election. After Biden was finished, he walked off the stage and spoke with those in the crowd. When asked by this writer about the minimum wage, he replied that he wants it raised. You can see that exchange below.
The president flew into Philadelphia International Airport and then boarded Marine 1 which took him to Northeast Airport. From there, his motorcade took him to Hornig Road.