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Posted 28 July 2020 - 02:55 PM

Apparently Biden feels that the Trump administration's abject failure on coronavirus response has shifted the political calculus away from the Republican mantra of "the government is the problem." We've seen what it looks like when we have a minimal federal government response to a real need and the result has been horrendous. Between that between the eyes, live-in example and younger voters who feel screwed by the current system this could be a time to make real changes, not just small adjustments.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden built a career on incremental change. Now he’s styling himself as the next Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Biden’s campaign was defined early on as a return to “normalcy” — the time before President Donald Trump took office — but now he is thinking much bigger. With the coronavirus, there’s no “pre-Trump normal” to go back to. Biden’s rhetoric has shifted as well, increasingly laying out a transformational vision for the country.

Over the course of the Democratic primary, progressives — particularly those who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders — made it no secret they found Biden’s more cautious approach inadequate. But with Biden poised to accept the party’s nomination in just a few weeks, many sound a lot more hopeful that he now shares their goals.

“My sense of it is Biden tends to read the room. He’ll move as he deems the politics allow him to,” Sanders’s former presidential campaign manager Faiz Shakir told Vox. “He has certain areas that philosophically he has deep principles on, but then there’s a lot of areas he doesn’t have hard, fast views on.” Shakir added that Biden is a politician who sees “where the politics of possible lie.”

There’s no question the coronavirus has changed the tenor and the stakes of the 2020 election. The United States is still in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 146,000 Americans due to a horribly mismanaged federal response. As cases surge in dozens of states, the country is also suffering the worst job losses since the Great Depression. And growing frustration over systemic racism, police brutality, and decades of pervasive racial and economic inequality is erupting in the streets.

“Biden’s been very clear: To get back to where we were sets the bar way too low,” Biden campaign adviser Jared Bernstein, who served as Biden’s chief economic adviser in the Obama administration, told Vox. “Much like FDR faced a structural crisis of economic insecurity, we’re at a similar place. The vice president recognizes that the extent of market failure here is not something you can fix with a Band-Aid and that structural reforms are necessary.”

Those close to Biden told me that watching the country fall into two debilitating recessions in the past 12 years has had a profound effect on the former vice president. Biden helped shepherd the country out of the 2008 crisis, yet many working families never enjoyed the full benefits of that recovery. With America in yet another economic calamity, Biden now envisions a much larger role for government in his administration if he wins than past Democratic presidents have been comfortable with.

“There’s full knowledge you’ve got to get the shackles off the government,” said former Chicago mayor and Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who engineered the 2006 Democratic House takeover largely by championing moderate candidates and now talks regularly with the Biden campaign. “Right now, whether it’s the market, higher education, the tax code, the criminal justice system — the system’s rigged!”


I found comment at the finish of the article to be heartening.

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Biden will also have to negotiate with Republicans in some form or fashion — whether the GOP is in the majority or the minority of the Senate. He recently signaled he could be open to filibuster reform if Republicans stall his agenda, telling Ezra Klein, “It’s going to depend on how obstreperous they become.”

“He has decades of experience negotiating with Republicans, and much of it has been successful. But if they refuse to negotiate in good faith with him, that’s not going to stop the agenda,” Bernstein said.

If Moscow Mitch decides to go full blown obstruction, and I see zero indication that he has either the temperament or the ability to do anything else, this quote from my signature line starts looking like a guiding principle for Biden: "That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 04:21 PM

Biden has published his economic strategy to help all Americans but also try to reduce the racial earnings divide. I wonder why he's not saying he knows more about the economy (or anything everything else) than everybody else.

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Joe Biden unveiled a plan Tuesday to ensure that the nation’s post-pandemic economic recovery is built around promoting racial equality, promising to dramatically spur investment in Black-owned small businesses and encourage home ownership while closing wealth gaps among minority communities.

Much of the 26-page proposal — and the billions in federal spending needed to pay for it — had already been promised as part of previous, larger Biden plans to jumpstart the economy when the coronavirus outbreak begins to recede. But as protests against institutional racism and police brutality have swept the country in recent months, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is attempting to show voters that he’s committed to implementing specific remedies that can promote racial and economic equality should he win the White House in November.

It’s also another way Biden is aiming to offer a stark contrast to President Donald Trump, who has spent weeks vowing to restore “law and order” and ordering federal authorities to intervene against ongoing protests in places like Portland, Oregon, and Chicago.

“Everything is worsened by the crisis of presidential leadership. A change of ‘tone’ over a few days does not change the facts of the last four years,” Biden will say in a speech later this afternoon from a community center in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, according to excerpts released by his campaign.

The president did strike a more somber tone when commenting publicly about the virus for the better part of the week, but has now resumed spreading misinformation about how to fight it while offering digs at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

“But this election is not just about voting against Donald Trump,” Biden plans to say. “It’s about rising to this moment of crisis, understanding people’s struggle, and building a future worthy of their courage and ambition to overcome.”

The former vice president wants to take $30 billion, or 10% of federal investment he’s already promised as part of larger economic plans, and funnel it into a “Small Business Opportunity Fund” designed to leverage $5 of private investment for minority owned enterprises for each $1 in public funds allocated. He also plans to spend $50 billion to provide startup capital that can help entrepreneurs of color start businesses in disadvantaged areas.

To encourage home ownership, the plan would create a $15,000 federal tax credit to help low-and middle-income families cover down payments on their first homes. It also pledges to build 1.5 million new homes and public housing units in hopes of addressing the “affordable housing crisis” which has hit many of the nation’s marquee cities and disproportionately hurt people of color.

Biden similarly vowed to undo Trump administration regulatory changes which the Democratic presidential nominee says “gutted” Obama administration rules preventing housing discrimination and unfair lending practices.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 08:14 PM

View PostLFC, on 28 July 2020 - 02:55 PM, said:

Apparently Biden feels that the Trump administration's abject failure on coronavirus response has shifted the political calculus away from the Republican mantra of "the government is the problem." We've seen what it looks like when we have a minimal federal government response to a real need and the result has been horrendous. Between that between the eyes, live-in example and younger voters who feel screwed by the current system this could be a time to make real changes, not just small adjustments.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden built a career on incremental change. Now he’s styling himself as the next Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Biden’s campaign was defined early on as a return to “normalcy” — the time before President Donald Trump took office — but now he is thinking much bigger. With the coronavirus, there’s no “pre-Trump normal” to go back to. Biden’s rhetoric has shifted as well, increasingly laying out a transformational vision for the country.

Over the course of the Democratic primary, progressives — particularly those who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders — made it no secret they found Biden’s more cautious approach inadequate. But with Biden poised to accept the party’s nomination in just a few weeks, many sound a lot more hopeful that he now shares their goals.

“My sense of it is Biden tends to read the room. He’ll move as he deems the politics allow him to,” Sanders’s former presidential campaign manager Faiz Shakir told Vox. “He has certain areas that philosophically he has deep principles on, but then there’s a lot of areas he doesn’t have hard, fast views on.” Shakir added that Biden is a politician who sees “where the politics of possible lie.”

This what the far left just can't quite grasp. They shun what they brand as incrementalism without understanding that incremental progress is not by design, but out of reality. As the old adage goes about politics is the art of the possible, you have to take what you can get when you can get it, but it does not mean that you give up on trying to get the rest of your goals. Biden can read the tenor of the current political realities. Between the overreach of the Repubs over the last few years and the economic crisis brought on by Covid those realities have changed.
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Posted 29 July 2020 - 10:27 AM

View PostAnBr, on 28 July 2020 - 08:14 PM, said:

This what the far left just can't quite grasp. They shun what they brand as incrementalism without understanding that incremental progress is not by design, but out of reality. As the old adage goes about politics is the art of the possible, you have to take what you can get when you can get it, but it does not mean that you give up on trying to get the rest of your goals.

I've had this conversation multiple times with people. Some grasp it at least somewhat. Others honestly believe in the revolution approach. The latter group is what you get when people whine about politics but have never actually followed or studied politics. Hey, I want to win the lottery and retire. Ironically my odds are better than having President Sanders achieving his agenda.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 08:34 PM

View PostLFC, on 29 July 2020 - 10:27 AM, said:

I've had this conversation multiple times with people. Some grasp it at least somewhat. Others honestly believe in the revolution approach. The latter group is what you get when people whine about politics but have never actually followed or studied politics. Hey, I want to win the lottery and retire. Ironically my odds are better than having President Sanders achieving his agenda.

I think the latter group hasn't figured out that the structure of American government makes large change...by that I mean dismantling an existing system and replacing it with a new one...impossible unless a single political party controls all of Congress and the Presidency by a pretty large margin. Burn it all down leaves us nothing to work with.





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