Budowsky: Biden and Dems back moms, dads and kids

President Biden arrives to give his first joint address to Congress
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Nothing better dramatizes the difference between President Biden and former President Trump, the difference between Democrats and Republicans, and the opportunity for Democrats and danger for Republicans in the 2022 and 2024 elections, than the answer to the following question:

What defining event will happen on July 15, Aug. 15, Sept. 15, Oct. 15, Nov. 15, and Dec. 15 — ten days before Christmas?

On or around each of those days, for six consecutive months, mothers and fathers across America will be receiving checks or direct deposits — courtesy of President Biden and Democrats in the House and Senate, and opposed by Republicans in the House and Senate — to support their families and children, from the expanded child tax credit that was enacted in March.

This family-focused program comes from the heart of Joe Biden, a family man of devout faith, and his first lady, Jill Biden, who is a widely respected educator.

Some 39 million households, with moms and dads of more than 65 million children, will be receiving $300 a month for each child under age 6, and $250 a month for each child between age 6 and 17, month after month, for six months ending Dec. 15.

For lower-income families who don’t make enough money to pay taxes, they could visit a government portal, detail their information and receive the payments every month as well!

The moms and dads who will receive this support for their kids include those who voted for Biden and Trump, and working class and poor Americans of all races, religions and backgrounds who are hard-hit from an economy Biden is lifting, plagued by a deadly disease Biden is defeating.

Most Americans who will benefit from this important and worthy program do not yet know they will, though they will be very happy when they learn about and receive their payments. Major media are only beginning to focus on them. Most politicians do not yet fully understand the economic and political impact of them. Soon they will.

Biden will use the presidential bully pulpit to inform moms and dads across the nation about the significant support for their families and children they will soon receive.

Democrats in the House and Senate will spread the good news in their regular newsletters to constituents and in town meetings and local media appearances.

In states and districts where GOP incumbents opposed the legislation in which these payments to moms and dads to support their sons and daughters are included, Democratic campaign committees will soon be hard at work helping their future Democratic challengers raise this issue forcefully against them.

This program to support parents and children dramatizes the core difference between the two parties. Democrats support these tax cuts for moms and dads with kids, and support some tax increases to the most wealthy Americans and reasonable but not excessive corporate tax increases for the largest American companies.

Democrats believe in bottom-up economic progress, where helping middle- and lower-income workers lifts the national economy the most.

Republicans believe in cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans, claiming, contrary to the evidence of history, that wealth trickles down to everyone else.

As midterm elections approach, Biden and Democrats can point to programs such as helping families with children, improving the national economy, making Americans safer from deadly disease and other good works that Americans benefit from greatly.

What do Republicans offer? Voters witness the battles within the Republican Party about big lies, discussion of which Democrats and occasional Republicans they hate the most, and which programs they oppose that would help Americans hard-hit by the economy.

Biden will be spending June and July alerting moms and dads about the help that is coming for their sons and daughters, while Trump will be renewing his famous rallies attacking Republicans he hates and Democrats he loathes and reminding voters why they do not want to return to the days when he was president.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives.

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