This Monday, April 12th, which in normal years is just day’s before folks stress-rush to file their taxes, marks President Biden’s 82nd day in office.
For day 82–President Biden will receive his daily brief. At noon the President joins “briefly” the virtual CEO Summit on Semiconductors. Others attending the virtual event include; National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. After President Biden drops by the CEO Summit, he and the Vice President will meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan.
As seen in Friday’s Open Thread, President Biden had issued just 1 tweet. He added 4 more tweets giving himself a total of 5 tweets for Friday.
At 1:22 p.m. D.C., time he says Universal background checks are supported by the vast majority of American’s including gun owners.
When I Googled Universal background checks are supported by the vast majority of Americans — and the majority of gun owners, I found an article posted at iop.havard.edu. This article does not have a published date, but near as I can tell it was posted sometime in 2017…
So, given that was my first hit, followed by a blog posted at Giffords.org., another website I’ve never heard of opinion piece, and comments made by President Biden on the 8th of April, I expanded my keyword Google search and found a Politifact.com fact-check from March 12th, 2021.
According to their sources used, in 2019 the support for universal background checks was around 90 percent. 2019 was when the most polls were conducted on gun control measures. However, Politifact did find one survey conducted March 6th through March 8th, 2021, by Morning Consult/Politico, that said 84 percent of American’s support universal background checks on all gun purchases. The PDF contains 301 pages the question “To what extent do you support or oppose the following? Requiring background checks for all gun purchasers,” can be found on page 136.
4:00 p.m. D.C., time he posted his Presidential Portrait.
Chief Official White House Photographer Adam Schultz had revealed the portrait at 9:19 a.m. D.C., time Friday.
6:00 p.m. D.c., time he shares a 3 second propaganda video.
The text reads; HIGH SPEED INTERNET is INFRASTRUCTURE.
For his last tweet on Friday posted at 8:40 p.m. D.C., time he says that according to a “new study” released last week “55 of our largest corporations used various loopholes to pay $0 in federal income taxes in 2020.”
The study President Biden does not name was released on April 2nd, 2021, days after President Biden announced his Made In America Tax Plan. According to the left-leaning research group Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) based in D.C., “At least 55 of the largest corporations in America paid no federal corporate income taxes in their most recent fiscal year despite enjoying substantial pretax profits in the United States.”
ITEP goes on to say “This report is based on ITEP’s analysis of annual financial reports filed by the nation’s largest publicly traded U.S.-based corporations in their most recent fiscal year. All data presented here come directly from the income tax notes of these reports. Some companies with unusual fiscal years have not yet filed such reports. Some publicly traded corporations paid nothing on profits in their most recent fiscal year but are not included in this report because they are not part of the S&P 500 or Fortune 500.”
Figures used in the report; The tax-avoiding companies represent various industries and collectively enjoyed almost $40.5 billion in U.S. pretax income in 2020, according to their annual financial reports. The statutory federal tax rate for corporate profits is 21 percent. The 55 corporations would have paid a collective total of $8.5 billion for the year had they paid that rate on their 2020 income. Instead, they received $3.5 billion in tax rebates.
The New York Times explained on April 2nd, “Companies’ tax returns are private, but publicly traded corporations are required to file financial reports that include federal income tax expense. The institute used that data along with other information supplied by each company on its pretax income.”
For Saturday President Biden tweeted 3 times and retweeted 0 times.
His first tweet was posted at 10:23 a.m. D.C., time.
The video is 2 minutes and 5 seconds long and is a snip of President Biden’s weekly conversations. The above video features Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Secretary for the Department of Energy Jennifer Granholm, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and Hud Secretary Marcia Fudge.
The first 24 seconds of the video is them introducing themselves and their cabinet position.
Hud Secretary Marcia Fudge says: My favorite part about the American Jobs Plan is the fact that we see people where they are and we are going to make a difference in their lives, whether it be housing, whether it be education–creating jobs, building 2 million new homes–it is all of it. I’m happy about all of it.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says: I have two favorite parts. Can I have two favorite parts? I love that President Biden is prioritizing creating more decent-paying manufacturing jobs for Americans. The second thing I love about the plan is the emphasis on the care economy. There are so many women, women of color in particular, working hard every day for low pay, taking care of our loved ones, and they deserve raises, they deserve dignity, and this plan invests in them.
Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh says: The American Jobs plan is an incredible plan. There are several great parts of it. The $400 billion investment in the cares economy. The investment all across the board in the American worker. Doubling apprentice programs–I think that’s something that’s going to be really important as well for Building Back Better but also strengthening our economy and growing the middle class.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says: All across the country we are going to have better roads, better bridges, and better jobs. We don’t just need roads, bridges, ports, airports–we also need great broadband infrastructure and a grid for the 21st century. I can’t wait to see these resources go out to communities where people know that we need to be doing better on our infrastructure.
Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says: The thing I am most excited about for the American Jobs Plan is that it’s going to create millions of clean-energy jobs for Americans, using products that are made in America. That’s what I’m excited about.
3:15 p.m. D.C., time is another video this time it’s 8 seconds long.
The text reads: Replacing LEAD PIPES that go into OUR SCHOOLS, and OUR HOMES, and OUR BUSINESSES–That’s INFRASTRUCTURE.
His last Saturday tweet was posted at 7:30 p.m. D.C., time.
This above tweet is an opinion. It’s subjective, fact-checking it, is complicated, because it is a subjective take.
For Sunday he tweeted 2 times and retweeted 0 times.
11:59 a.m. D.C., time he shares a graph of the coronavirus vaccine progress.
According to data from the CDC:
3:20 p.m. D.C., time he says:
So far for Monday the President has tweeted 1 time.
11:54 a.m. D.C., time he shares an image of himself and Vice President Kalama Harris from the Oval Office.
The daily press briefing was scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. D.C., time. As of 12:19 p.m. D.C., time it had not started. We now join the program already in progress.
Live Feed: The White House.
This is an Open Thread.
Happy Monday everyone!