Biden’s Broken Promises Spell Hard Times Ahead

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      ZimInSeattle
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      First it was the minimum wage. Then student loans. Then the $300 weekly unemployment benefit. Then ditching the God-awful Trump tax cuts for billionaires. There was also the public option. Biden sure was racking up a lot of things he wouldn’t fight for, and guess what they all share? They’re all things working people care about – vitally.

      Biden and the Dems may figure they can abandon workers, because who will they turn to? Ignominious Trump? The would-be Republican Reich devoted to worker destruction? Not likely. But they could stay home during the mid-terms and, even more devastatingly for Dems, in 2024. Then we’ll have a one-party autocracy, as one twitter wag put it, with giant bronze statues of Trump everywhere. Remember: Obama’s betrayal of tens of millions of workers to bail out bankers ultimately gave us Trump. And that demagogue waits in the wings. Biden’s broken promises may just give him the opening he needs.

      Blaming Joe “I Just Don’t Give a Shit” Manchin for Biden’s broken promises is lame. A president like LBJ would have beaten Manchin into shape within his first few weeks of office. LBJ’s DNC would have defunded the renegade senator tout de suite. Even more pathetic is Biden hiding behind the Senate parliamentarian. When confronted with decisions from this person that they didn’t like, GOP senators earlier in the century just fired him.

      Biden could have instructed his party’s senators at least to overrule the parliamentarian, when that nobody ruled against including the minimum wage in the covid relief bill. The Dems could even – oh my goodness! – have removed her. But Biden, like most Dems, doesn’t know how to play hardball. That’s because he’s got one arm tied behind his back by his Wall Street donors. Only a few Dem senators don’t. They are the only ones who display any guts when it comes to looking out for the 50 to 60 percent of Americans struggling to pay their bills, as they straggle through each week on a dicey paycheck.

      More: https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/06/11/bidens-broken-promises-spell-hard-times-ahead/

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

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      GZeusH
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      It’s on display every time progressives ask for something.

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

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      djean111
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      They are actually a team.

      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.

    • #428968
      closeupready
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      refuses to see that yes, working people WILL turn to the Republican Party. They have done it in the past, they do it every election and will do it even more. The question is, in what proportion will working people vote for Republicans over Democrats.

      To the extent that Joe Biden betrays voters on every single campaign promise, and Nancy Pelosi, AOC and Joe Manchin rubber-stamp his betrayals, working people will vote Republican just to spite the Democratic Party.

      Setting all that aside, it’s also an uncomfortable fact that the money that changes hands between lobbyists and elected officials in our government make the idea of winning an election almost an afterthought for a large number of our elected officials, many of whom have served multiple terms and have huge money in campaign war chests waiting for them to convert to 501(c)(3) organizations (named after themselves and administered by their family members), for after they leave Congress. (And of course the no-work board seats, and overpaid lobbying gigs.)

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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      David the Gnome
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      All of these broken promises have at least that much in common: no one is really able to hold Biden accountable for them.  Oh, sure, he might lose 2024, dems may lose 2022… but nothing will fundamentally change.

      Can you remove a President for broken promises?  Eh.  How about  Corruption?  War crimes?  If you could, we would have removed the last several.

      Some voters will stay home, some will vote republican – but the blue koolaid drinkers will continue to vote for dems no matter what.  I know this because I used to be one of them.

      They believe that if they can just get enough democrats in office, we will see real change for the better.  Or… they lie to themselves about it.  Democrat majorities in Congress have not led to major success for many years.  Not within my lifetime, I don’t think – and im 37.

      Democrat voters (many of them, at least) will claim to despise the likes of Manchin and Sinema – but they will still vote for them.  Why?  Because third parties can’t win and Republicans are worse.

      They could back progressives, instead, they could support more independents or greens – but they don’t really like them either.  You know, like Nader or Stein – they accuse them of robbing Democrat candidates of votes and thereby ensuring republican victory.

      So… yeah.  Hard times.  Biden is a schmuck – but most of us knew that.

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