Today is a day to take a moment to honor superheroes, fictional and real.
I don't really have a superhero to call out. My daughter is a nurse, helping elders in a facility, and doing what she can to keep COVID-19 away, from them and herself and family. I seem to be the last (so far) in my family to serve, but my dad, his brothers, and his father, all served in the military as well. While gramps was in WWII, and did get shot at (but not shot) in the Pacific, everyone survived with what seems like pretty mellow services. Even those who did go to Korea or Vietnam (or Hawaii...).
A little bit, we're all superheroes. It's hard to tough out the current times, given our previous flexibility and ability to kind of do whatever we wanted with whomever we wanted. It's been a long time since the old normal. I've had jobs and relationships that didn't last this long, or change me as much as this has. Staying safe, even just in little bits, like wearing a mask, is impressing on the kids how to beware in the future.
It's arguable to say POTUS is a superhero, at least any more than the rest of us. Compared to the last guy, it seems like it. Just a short while ago, Joe Biden addressed Congress, and gave his update for the last hundred days. In it, he called out COVID vaccination success, and how we're not done. He pressed his American Rescue Plan, to help bolster the economy and protect the middle and lower classes. He called out that "trickle-down economics has never worked." He called out worldwide security issues, and promised to leave Afghanistan. In all, a well-delivered, through speech.
Although I disagreed more, I also thought Trump gave good speech. I think the speechwriters deserve all of that credit. Not to diminish Biden's speech, they deserve credit there, too. I agreed with more of Biden's plans, and the approach.
Probably the most talked about in my circles is the gains tax changes he's proposing. I do believe the trickle-down is nonsense, and if the rich really want that money, they should first give it to the poor, so they'll spend it, and the rich can get it back. And I'm already in tax brackets where I pay more than others, and I'm OK with that. He's talking about impacting the top 1%, and taxing their gains. There may be more in the actual plan, but what he discussed seems better than other alternatives. If I earned my millions each year because of gains, I'd probably be less happy if I gave back more than the 15% I was used to, but knowing that extra 15% is going into the pockets of people who buy my goods or services, so it'll come back, would ease that pain.
In all, I guess a little superhero delivery there.