With a comprehensive economic program, Joe Biden wants to increase his chances of becoming president of the United States. He sharply criticized Trump in his speech.
The designated Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden has emphasized the importance of the middle class for the American economy. “We have to reward work as we reward wealth,” Biden said on Thursday at a speech in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, about his plans for the economy.
He reiterated his support for doubling the minimum wage to $15 an hour and a special focus on systematically disadvantaged sections of society, such as African Americans. Biden presented an investment plan with a volume of $700 billion. The plan is to increase government spending on products made in the United States by $400 billion. An additional $300 billion is also to be spent on research and the development of technologies such as electric vehicles or 5G mobile radio networks in order to strengthen the domestic high-tech industry. The plan can also be seen as a response to President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy.
Biden also attacked Trump directly during his speech. To alleviate the corona crisis, the economic turmoil and nationwide unrest due to systematic disadvantage of blacks, unity in the country is needed. “We all know that the stake couldn’t be higher. So this is no time for divisive politics. Donald Trump may believe in pitting Americans against Americans. Not me.” In the pandemic, low-wage earners in hospitals or supermarkets in particular showed how important they are, said Biden. “It is not enough to praise these people. It’s time to pay them.”
In addition, the 77-year-old says he wants to create five million new jobs and spoke in favor of taxing large corporations such as the mail order company Amazon at the federal level.