By Juslyn Manalo
It’s been said you cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. The truth behind this observation can be seen by comparing the way the Trump administration failed to prepare for the pandemic and its effects and the way Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are preparing to create a future for all.
Trump: Wishful Thinking Instead of Science
In the case of the Trump administration, in 2018 it took deliberate steps to reduce support for this country’s pandemic response team, preparing for the future by ignoring the threat and then, once the COVID-19 virus hit our shores, it failed to effectively respond to the healthcare crisis for months.
The Trump administration then exacerbated the problem by adopting policies that let the virus spread. At best, it traded a thoughtful response for wishful thinking, an approach that lacked a coherent vision of the future.
Biden and Harris: A Vision for the Future
Contrast this with the way Joe Biden and Kamala Harrisare preparing for the future of our country. Their approach is driven by a vision of the future that addresses the needs of the young, the elderly and those in need of care. It is this vision and his detailed and pragmatic commitment to create a future for all that has garnered the support of the Filipino American community.
Affordable Child Care to Aid Working Parents
For example, in the case of the young—and their working parents—Biden and Harris want to ensure access to high-quality, affordable child care and offer universal preschool to 3- and 4-year olds through greater investment, expanded tax credits, and sliding-scale subsidies.
Joe Biden is aware that students who enter kindergarten school-ready are nearly two times more likely to master basic skills by age 11—and high-quality preschool is critical to this preparation. That’s why his vision of a future for all calls for providing all 3- and 4-year-olds access to free, high-quality pre-kindergarten, laying a strong foundation for children and saving parents thousands of dollars a year on child care costs.
A Place for the Older Adults
When it comes to including a place for older adults in his vision of a future for all, Joe Biden wants to preserve and strengthen Social Security and protect and strengthen Medicare and work to provide affordable health care for all older Americans.
He also intends to implement the CAPABLE Program — Community Aging in Place-Advancing Better Living for Elders —which provides home repairs and modifications to help create safer, more functional home environments for older adults.
Improving Caregiving and Health Outcomes
Joe Biden’s comprehensive vision of a future for all—a vision he shares with Kamala Harris—also includes improving caregiving and health outcomes in our nation’s most underserved communities by adding 150,000 community health workers—an initiative close to the hearts of many Filipino Americans, many of whom work in healthcare.
He plans to engage in a national strategy to recruit, retain and empower nursing professionals. When elected Biden will fully and rapidly implement the CARES Act which allocates nearly $1 billion over four years to address nursing burnout, faculty recruitment and retention, and increase nursing workforce diversity.
Creating a Future For All
What makes these and other initiatives such as “build back better” more than a laundry list of government programs is Joe Biden’s awareness that we do not enter the future, we create it. To that end, Biden and Harris are committed to working with the Filipino American community and others to craft a vision of the future that is truly a future for all. #
(Vice Mayor for the City of Daly City, Juslyn Manalo is currently the President of the Filipino American Democratic Club of San Mateo County, mother, and Community Engagement Manager. She is the Co-Director for Filipino Americans for Biden in California. Photo and press release from the office of Vice Mayor Manalo.)