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The Earth-Shatteringly Amazing Speech That’ll Change The Way You Think About Adulthood

Here at Upworthy, we make it a mission to find things on the Internet that have real meaning — things that take you out of the tempting narrow focus of your own existence and give you some perspective about your neighborhood, your community, and your world. This speech, delivered at Kenyon College way back in 2005, encapsulates that vision perfectly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Earth-Shatteringly Amazing Speech That’ll Change The Way You Think About Adulthood

UPDATE: So, the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust has decided to take this video down, claiming copyright infringement. While I've found another link for the time being, I'm not entirely sure how long it'll be up. If you think this video has an important message that serves a real public interest and shouldn't be taken down, please sign and share this petition. Thanks.

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Shortly after taking office, President Biden got to work selling Congress and the country on a massive coronavirus relief package. One of the centerpieces of what would become a $1.9 trillion dollar bill was raising the Child Tax Credit (CTC) from $2,000 to $3,000 per child (or $3,600 for a child under age 6) and making it refundable.

The program gives parents who make $400,000 and under filing jointly ($200,000 and under on a single return) direct payments of around $250 to $300 a month from July through December 2021.

The president made a bold statement while talking about the CTC that seemed a little far-fetched at the time. "If we get this done, it will cut child poverty in half," Biden said at a roundtable in February. The White House stood by the claim with Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeating it in three separate beings.

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