Joe Biden, The Republican

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      N2Doc
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      Past performance is no guarantee of future returns but there are few more reliable ways to predict what comes next than to examine the historical record because, most of the time, history really does repeat.

      What kind of president would Joe Biden be? His centrist supporters assure progressives that he will be one of them, pushing an aggressive legislative agenda reminiscent of FDR’s New Deal. His Republican opponents portray him as a socialist. But Biden hasn’t actually promised anything ambitious.

      The last two Democratic presidencies provide a good indication of what a Biden Administration would look like. Like Biden, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama hail from the centrist party establishment. If personnel is policy, the three men hang out with many of the same advisors, businesspeople and elected officials. They’re not identical: Clinton is a charismatic retail politician, Obama is aloof and professorial, and Biden is an LBJ-style buttonholer minus Johnson’s secret idealism. But they’re ideologically and temperamentally similar to a remarkable extent.

      I remembered Clinton and Obama as deeply disappointing to voters with traditional liberal Democratic values. I remembered that most of their major legislative accomplishments would not have been out of place under a Republican administration.

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      https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/09/29/joe-biden-the-republican/

    • #363006
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      “There’s a reason Biden considered picking a Republican running mate and a reason Republicans are endorsing him and a reason he gave Republicans more speaking time at the Democratic National Convention than AOC—he’s one of them, not one of us.”

       

    • #363007
      MizzGrizz
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      Rall is right on point.

      Biden’s Republicanism is precisely why the Democrats rigged the primary for him instead of Bernie.Biden’s presence at the top of the ticket gives them the appearance of opposition without anything changing.

    • #363012
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      I remember Obama pushing a Korean trade deal in an effort to depress the Democratic voter turnout leading up to the midterms. The American worker had already been eviscerated by NAFTA so more trade deals just pissed us off royally. Additionally, if Obama maintained a majority the American people would have expected him to pursue a pro-worker agenda. So Obama actually sought to shed his Democratic majority. Just like a good Republican. I would expect similar from Biden.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

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    • #363015
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      @enthusiast   Yes, and don’t forget the utter lack of any attempt to counter Republican attacks on the ACA. I was absolutely mystified at the time why nobody seemed to be trying to tout all the ‘good stuff’ that law was supposed to bring. Not that it was a great program, but they just totally laid down and died trying to lose their majority in 2010.

    • #363017
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      Yes, Doc. They failed to counter a number of Republican attacks on various issues. It was clear to me which side they were on. Sadly, they remain that way to this day.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

    • #363124
      mmonk
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      The 2nd Republican Party can’t win on that issue alone.

      Fear not the path of Truth for the lack of People walking on it. - RFK

    • #363194
      Babel 17
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      “Those jobs aren’t coming back”. Meaning tough luck if you’re not a white collar worker, and even there you better not be at risk of off shoring.

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      @babel17 If they’re not willing to do that, then they’re just lazy. Yup, classic Republican thinking.

      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

    • #363262
      3fingerbrown
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      I agree with everthing Rall writes, except Gaddafi wasn’t killed by a drone strike, as Hillary can tell you, but he is responsible for his death nevertheless.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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