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    • #7137
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      Joe Biden, Mass Incarceration ZEALOT

       

      “….For years, Joe Biden was determined to make Democrats the tough-on-crime party. The 1994 Crime Bill and its expansion of mass incarceration was his crowning achievement….”

       

       

      Part of the reason Hillary Clinton failed in 2016 was due to the reevaluation of her and Bill Clinton’s atrocious record on criminal justice, which for decades has devastated the black communities whose votes she and the Democrats desperately want. Well, Joe Biden makes Hillary Clinton look like Michelle Alexander. Biden’s role in passing the 1994 Clinton crime bill — which became a flashpoint in the 2016 Democratic primary — is a well-known part of his legacy. But focusing exclusively on that particular triumph undercuts all the other hard work Biden did over the course of his career to make sure American prisons were well-stocked with young, often black, men.

       

      One episode in particular sums up Biden’s record. In September 1989, George H. W. Bush delivered a speechoutlining his National Drug Control Strategy, in which he called for harsher punishments for drug dealers, nearly $1.5 billion toward drug-related law enforcement, and “more prisons, more jails, more courts, more prosecutors” at every level throughout the country. At the time, the Heritage Foundation gushed that it constituted “the largest increase in resources for law enforcement in the nation’s history,” and it’s now remembered as a key moment in the escalation of the “war on drugs.” For Biden, however, it was a half-measure.

       

      “Quite frankly, the President’s plan is not tough enough, bold enough, or imaginative enough to meet the crisis at hand,” Biden said in a televised response to Bush’s speech. “In a nutshell, the President’s plan does not include enough police officers to catch the violent thugs, enough prosecutors to convict them, enough judges to sentence them, or enough prison cells to put them away for a long time.” The episode set the pattern for Biden’s career through the 1990s: every time Republicans put forward a measure that escalated the carceral state beyond sense and reason, Biden would look to one-up it. Biden was already a tough-on-crime evangelist before this speech, of course. In the 1980s, Biden worked with his “old buddy,” arch-segregationist Strom Thurmond, to pass several bills that fundamentally reshaped the American criminal justice system in the direction of more incarceration.

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      It’s not as if there weren’t voices speaking out against what Biden and the rest of the Democrats were wreaking. The NAACP and other groups lobbied against the bill. In a letter addressed to senators just a few days before the vote, three ACLU lawyers called the bill “far worse from a civil liberties perspective than any that has ever been considered by the Senate.” Lawyers and federal judges — including the latter’s official policy-making body — warned it would overwhelm the judicial system and widen its already broad inequality. As the different versions made their way to Bush’s desk, the Washington Post condemned them as “rotten” and an exercise “not so much to combat crime as to convince the public that legislators are tough on criminals.” What finally killed the bill? Just as Republicans accidentally prevented Bill Clinton from cutting Social Security by trying to impeach him, the GOP — outraged that the final version didn’t harshly restrict prisoners’ ability to appeal their executions, and reluctant to give Democrats a “win” going into the 1992 election — blocked it from going further. “I just can’t believe Republicans would kill a death penalty bill,” saidBiden. The GOP’s spite only postponed Biden’s quest to out-tough the GOP on crime, however. In early 1992, Biden continued to accuse Bush of doing too little “to fight this epidemic,” insisting that “unless we embark on a major offensive against drugs, deadly weapons and violent young criminals now, the record carnage will continue to skyrocket.”

       

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      https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/08/biden-crime-mass-incarceration-police-prisons

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      The rest of the world would approve.

      Alaska needs its own wall. Hawaii is remote enough to not need one. Although a few guard towers in the harbors might be needed.

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      this cannot be said enough.  Monica Lewinsky happened.  Just another notch on Bill’s tally, but saved Social Security.  Bad optics, you see.

      If a Biden or another corporate Third Way Dem gets into office – austerity, privatization, war – both in this country and in the rest of the world.  Bill and Newt were going to privatize Social Security.  Hillary was going to take even MORE from workers’ paychecks and give it to the Blackstone Group to gamble with and take fees from.  How the FORK can anyone say a Third Way Dem is a lesser evil?  How the FORK??????

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      They think the same way on just about everything. I really, really despise these corporate whore democrats.

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    • #7312
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      :yes:

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    • #7400
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      I will vote green like 2016 or even Trump . Yea defeating Neoliberals is that important

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