OUR VIEW: The First Lady comes south


In case you haven't heard, First Lady Jill Biden and actress Jennifer Garner are coming Friday to Walker County. 

The details are sketchy - we still haven't been given a press release that New York and Birmingham media have been given - but according to CNN, "Biden and Garner will tour the Jasper Area Family Service Center in Jasper, Alabama, and visit the YWCA of Central Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama, to amplify how the American Rescue Plan addresses childhood poverty and work toward the legislation’s goal of cutting it by half, according to a release from the White House." 

This is obviously part of a victory lap tour that the White House is making across the nation to hail the passage of the COVID-19 stimulus bill, which tackles many fronts, including the checks to Americans, unemployment benefits, help for local governments and so on. This is one facet of the bill that has received much discussion. 

"The $1.9 trillion relief package greatly enhances the federal child tax credit for one year, allowing millions of families to benefit," CNN said on its website. "The boost to the child tax credit will give eligible parents a total of $3,600 for each child under age 6, and $3,000 for each child under age 18 for 2021. Previously, the credit gave up to $2,000 per child under age 17. Some 90% of families with children are projected to receive an average credit of $2,380 in 2020, according to the Tax Policy Center." 

If you are wondering where Garner comes in with this, she is a board member for Save the Children and was a vocal Biden election supporter of the Biden-Harris campaign. 

Frankly, we are still learning what is in the act, both the good and the bad. (There will be both. Trust us.) It may be worth discussing another day when more of the facts are in.  We won't learn much Friday; this is a pool coverage photo op event with limited press, even for the TV stations. We wish local press had been considered. Maybe they will let us go to a border facility where national media are prevented to go. 

In the meanwhile, we've heard many local negative comments on Facebook about the Biden visit. We get it. And it does appear somewhat calculated. But we are somewhat old-fashioned. It doesn't matter if it had been Mrs. Trump or Mrs. Biden, either way there is a title for each: First Lady. And they were not elected, the husband was. Wives are more willing to do political stuff for their husbands, but really you would do things for your spouse, too. It is an honor to receive the First Lady, whoever it is. 

In that spirit, we would like to welcome Biden and Garner to Walker County, and hope you have a wonderful time. 

- Daily Mountain Eagle