Biden planning massive stimulus, flurry of executive actions to start erasing stain of Trump
President-elect Joe Biden has ambitious plans for addressing the COVID-19 crisis immediately upon taking office, already developing executive actions that will kickstart the economic recovery and undo Trump's sabotage across government. It's the tallest order any incoming president has faced since FDR took office in the Great Depression, made even more complex because it's a public health crisis, economic crisis, and racial disparity crisis being handed over by an administration that not only didn't adequately address any of those issues, it purposefully made them all worse.
CNN reports that its sources in Biden's transition team say that he has two tracks of action in the works: «the passage of a broad economic aid package and, where legislation is not necessary, a series of executive actions aimed at advancing his priorities. Containing the Covid-19 pandemic, launching an economic recovery and tackling racial inequality are his most urgent priorities.» The pandemic, however, is the top concern. Getting the upcoming vaccines distributed is a massive undertaking on its own, with a federal government that's been gutted by Trump and states that have been starved of funding and of revenue. Ramping up all federal, state, and local public health entities to do this job is going to be a big lift, not to mention just the logistics of getting the vaccines delivered. On top of that, there's got to be a public service campaign to convince people to take the vaccine.