Barbarian at the Gates: Come on, man! That’s cruel!

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    • #398057
      Ohio Barbarian
      • Total Posts: 22,562

      It’s only been five days since Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, and there is every sign that his administration is going to be one of calculated neoliberal cruelty to tens of millions of American citizens, many of whom voted for him. Let me count just a few of the ways.

      First, before Biden was even sworn in, Biden broke his promise that a vote for two Democratic Senate candidates would guarantee that desperately needed checks of $2000 would “fly out the door.” $2000 became $1400, and even that is very uncertain since, according to Hill Rising, Democrats are now saying they won’t even consider voting on his relief package until March. March! People need that help yesterday, and now Biden is dangling it out there like a piece of candy that is easily snatched away.

      I’m willing to bet that we won’t receive a dime in direct financial relief from the Biden Administration. Come on, man! That’s cruel!

      Second, Biden campaigned on having a public option to buy into Medicare for all Americans as part of his health care proposal. Just a couple of days ago, the public option vanished as the Biden Administration embraced a plan by the health insurance lobby that doesn’t mention the thing. Some 30 million Americans have recently lost their employer-sponsored health insurance due to the pandemic/depression through no fault of their own. Now Biden won’t even give that minimum level of relief.

      Come on, man! That’s cruel!

      Finally, Biden’s first big legislative push is immigration reform. From what I’ve seen of his proposals, this measure would go a long way to restoring family-based immigration policy and undo a lot of heinous practices, such as putting women and children in cages, that was started under Obama and accelerated by Trump. Unfortunately, none of that matters.

      What matters is there is zero chance of this thing ever getting through the Senate, and Biden knows that, and the inevitable culture war debate will be taken advantage of by both Democrats and Republicans to ignore pleas for desperately needed financial help now. This is not only cruel to everyone who needs that assistance, but to the immigrants and their families themselves–getting their hopes up, only to see them dashed.

      Come on, man! That’s cruel!

      But wait! There’s more! In recent days, Biden’s future Secretary of State told Marco Rubio at his Senate confirmation hearing that he agreed with Rubio that President Maduro of Venezuela is a “brutal dictator,” and that “free and fair elections” must take place in that country to “restore democracy.” Not only that, but Biden will continue the ridiculous policy of recognizing Guido or Guaido or whoever that CIA puppet is as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

      Biden has also signaled an increase of troop levels in both Syria and Iraq to “secure the oil” and “fight terrorism” respectively. War by it’s nature is cruel, but Biden has never met a war he didn’t like. There is no reason to suppose that he is going to change his corrupt, demented mind on that issue.

      None of this has anything to do with Donald Trump; all of it is on Joe Biden. Biden could choose to do the right thing and actually try to live up to the hype promoted not only by Democrats, but by people like Noam Chomsky and Bernie Sanders who should know better, that he could be the next FDR. I see nothing remotely resembling FDR on the horizon.

      I do see lots of neoliberal cruelty and austerity ahead, and lots of Democratic partisans coming on and bleating “But Trump was worse!” and “Democrats can’t do anything” because of evil Republicans, recalcitrant Blue Dogs(who must be supported anyway), progressives who didn’t get their ponies didn’t support them enough, or because Jupiter is in the wrong sign or voters just don’t understand that the great big liberal hearts of Joe Biden and the Democrats are in the right place.

      No, they are not. They don’t give a shit about the American people, only their donors, wealth, status, and careers. This administration is going to be a cruel one, and voters should neither forgive nor forget. And I’m pretty damned sure they won’t.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #398067
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
      • Total Posts: 6,950

      Or, simply “FDR”

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

    • #398068
      • Total Posts: 4,727

      Blue ribbon prize goes to the Barbarian by the lake.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

      My pronouns: vuestra merced, monsieur, господин, pana Bogu, πανίσχυρος Δίας

    • #398070
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      going to do one thing every business day (and that is quite a weird time-frame, except perhaps it takes into account that really shitty Vichy Dem stuff is done on the weekends, less media to think about) – one thing that will prove to progressives that Biden is better than Trump.  Um, nope.  Although, perhaps, we progressives have not had the offishul ‘splanation of why all the shit you listed is GOOD.  No, Biden is a liar, and the Vichy Dems are horrendous.  Throw in some “purity”, perhaps.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

      "black flag" is an inadvertent mash-up of black ops and false flag. . I think it is accurate, and I will keep it. Thanks to those who pointed it out!

    • #398181
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      I voted for Bernie.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

      Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

      “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

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