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The elusive know better Republicans will come flocking to join Biden to pass crappy legislation.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/joe-biden-republicans-trump-2020-073941310.html

Joe Biden told a room of donors and lobbyists on Monday that Republicans “know better” and suggested that the GOP would be open to cooperation at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency ― comments seemingly contradicted by the party’s eight years of lockstep opposition during Barack Obama’s two terms.

“Here’s the deal: we all know, and I don’t think this is hyperbole, we all know in our gut this election is the most important election we’ve ever engaged in ― and not just because I’m running,” the former vice president said at an event in Washington.

Biden, who is leading a crowded pack of Democrats hoping to unseat Trump next year, issued a terse warning to those gathered at the event, telling supporters that four years of Trump would merely be an “aberration,” but anything longer would be devastating.

“Eight years of Donald Trump will fundamentally change who we are in profound ways,” Biden said, according to a pool report. He later said change was possible in Congress, noting: “With Trump gone you’re going to begin to see things change. Because these folks know better. They know this isn’t what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Biden supported his claim by saying that 12 former Republican colleagues in the Senate expressed concerns about the party’s blockade of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland (the Garland episode predated Trump’s presidency).

While campaigning for reelection in 2012, Obama predicted that if he won a second term, the “Republican fever may break.” He added: “My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again.”

The fever never broke. Instead, it intensified, culminating in 2016 with Republicans’ nomination of the man who once led the birther movement against Obama.

jcitybone

Rah rah positive Wall Street

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/11/biden-tells-donors-and-lobbyists-fundraiser-gop-will-know-better-after-trump-and

Providing more evidence of the fundamental political differences between himself and progressives vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden told lobbyists and donors at a fundraiser Monday night that Republicans in Congress “know better” than to align with President Donald Trump and declared that Wall Street bankers “can be positive influences in the country.”

“Wall Street and significant bankers and people, they’re all positive, they can be positive influences in the country,” Biden told the audience gathered in Washington, D.C. “But they didn’t build the country. The middle class built the country.”

Observers were quick to note the sharp contrast between Biden’s friendly stance toward Wall Street and the positions of top 2020 contenders Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who are both rejecting Wall Street cash as they campaign against the corrosive influence massive banks and corporations have on the American political system.

Biden also doubled down on his view that President Donald Trump is an aberration from the Republican Party rather than a symptom of the corruption and racism at the core of the modern GOP—a statement that has put him at odds with Democratic candidates who believe ousting Trump is necessary but not sufficient to tackle crises that long precede his presidency.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/10/billionaires-climate-change-michael-bloomberg

During a commencement address this week, Michael Bloomberg announced that he’s spending $500m to help the United States move closer to a carbon-neutral future. We should be very grateful that Bloomberg isn’t running for president: the money he’s pouring into Beyond Carbon will fund some great and necessary work, like his injection into the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign several years back. But it would be much better for the planet if billionaires like him didn’t exist at all.

For every Michael Bloomberg there are dozens of Koch brothers and Rebekah Mercers, who have poured tens of millions of dollars into spreading climate denial and blocking decarbonization efforts at the local, state and national level. None of them should have as much money as they do.

The climate crisis isn’t going to be solved with the benevolence of a couple of billionaires, and their outsized control over our politics and economy stands in contradiction to our hopes for a livable future. With rightwing populism on the rise around the world, having elites like Bloomberg as the public face of the climate fight is also risky politics. We don’t need their money to fund the Green New Deal – the US has more than enough for that – but we should take it anyway, with a far more progressive tax system than the one we’ve got.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Joe Biden has more faith in the Repubs than dems

From the article in Huff

Biden, who is leading a crowded pack of Democrats hoping to unseat Trump next year, issued a terse warning to those gathered at the event, telling supporters that four years of Trump would merely be an “aberration,” but anything longer would be devastating.

“Eight years of Donald Trump will fundamentally change who we are in profound ways,” Biden said, according to a pool report. He later said change was possible in Congress, noting: “With Trump gone you’re going to begin to see things change. Because these folks know better. They know this isn’t what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Biden supported his claim by saying that 12 former Republican colleagues in the Senate expressed concerns about the party’s blockade of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland (the Garland episode predated Trump’s presidency).

It’s not the first time Biden has touted the return of bipartisanship. Last month, the longtime lawmaker alluded that many in the GOP had become intimidated by Trump during his administration, but said he anticipated an “epiphany among many of my Republican friends” in the future.

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/06/10/more-than-50-dnc-members-want-climate-only-debate-chairman-says-no/1414795001/

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has repeatedly said that although climate change is a top issue for Democrats, the national party will not host a debate solely dedicated to the topic during the 2020 primary race.

However, some DNC members are trying to change that.

Last week, Washington state Democratic Party Chairwoman Tina Podlodowski announced she will introduce a resolution advocating for the committee to host a climate debate. The resolution comes as a number of progressive organizations and top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates call on their party’s national committee to host a debate focused on climate change.

The resolution also states that if the DNC does not host one, then Democratic candidates “are free to participate in any and all forums or debates focused on Climate Change sponsored by other groups.”

Podlodowski said Monday that a climate change debate wouldn’t be a “single issue debate,” and instead would also touch on other policy areas such as the economy and health inequities.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Thanks for the link. I sent info to the Ex. Dir. who has her email address listed on the home page.

Will the establishment dems be with us or against us?

Will Bernie risk going to a climate debate and loose out on the establishment sponsored debates?

High stakes game to maintain power

Don midwest
Don midwest

After Immigration, Europe’s Next Big Left-Right Divide is Climate Action

Rise of climate action in various European countries. But also right wing alive and well. Complex issue.

Climate policy gets personal
One issue is simply the success of climate policy to date, said Annika Hedberg, with the European Policy Centre, a Brussels-based think tank. Many European countries have dealt with the low-hanging fruit of climate policy, and must now confront harder choices with bigger impacts on the daily lives of ordinary citizens.

“We’re starting to see it’s influencing our daily lives,” Hedberg said. “And suddenly people start to feel, ‘Oh, this is actually getting too close’.”

Germany, for example, after making major progress on targets like the deployment of renewables, is now grappling with more difficult transformations, like phasing out coal power entirely, and reducing emissions in the country’s economically and culturally significant transport sector. A proposal to impose a speed-limit on the German autobahn provoked an immediate backlash. In France, a fuel tax promoted as a climate policy sparked the Yellow Vest protests.

Bruno Latour’s new book: “Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climate Regime” and considering the climate issue here in USA

The present ecological mutation has organized the whole political landscape for the last thirty years. This could explain the deadly cocktail of exploding inequalities, massive deregulation, and conversion of the dream of globalization into a nightmare for most people.

What holds these three phenomena together is the conviction, shared by some powerful people, that the ecological threat is real and that the only way for them to survive is to abandon any pretense at sharing a common future with the rest of the world. Hence their flight offshore and their massive investment in climate change denial.

The Left has been slow to turn its attention to this new situation. It is still organized along an axis that goes from investment in local values to the hope of globalization and just at the time when, everywhere, people dissatisfied with the ideal of modernity are turning back to the protection of national or even ethnic borders.

This is why it is urgent to shift sideways and to define politics as what leads toward the Earth and not toward the global or the national. Belonging to a territory is the phenomenon most in need of rethinking and careful redescription; learning new ways to inhabit the Earth is our biggest challenge. Bringing us down to earth is the task of politics today.

Note that the term “The New Climate Regime” makes it a political actor.

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