7/10 News Roundup and OT: Bar is Open
Has Biden Really Embraced the Left?
Dave Weigel at WaPo writes:
The last time Joe Biden appeared on a presidential ticket, the Democratic Party’s platform contained no mention of marijuana. Its health-care language focused on the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that the fight for universal coverage was pretty much won. It promised to “fight inequalities in our criminal justice system,” without spelling out how, and urged that when the death penalty is used, it should “not be arbitrary.”
Biden is happily inheriting a party that has moved to the left, without interruption, since he left the vice presidency. The report this week from his Unity Task Force, the product of a deal between the nominee and primary runner-up Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), found Biden’s team inching a little further in that direction — cautious, careful with its wording, but dramatically different from the politics that defined much of Biden’s career.
“I think the compromise that they came up with, if implemented, will make Biden the most progressive president since FDR,” Sanders said in a Wednesday night interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
Republicans quickly repurposed Sanders’s answer to describe Biden as a catspaw for the country’s resurgent socialist movements. “This is surrendering to the socialists,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a Thursday interview on Fox News. The Republican National Committee highlighted sentences taken directly from some of Sanders’s campaign white papers to accuse Biden of “plagiarism,” a charge that evoked his botched 1988 presidential campaign, if not quite describing a task force designed to merge platforms.
But the basic Republican critique was right. Biden, seen by voters as the most moderate of their two dozen or so options in the primary, has welcomed a shift away from the careful politics Democrats deployed, for decades, to mollify suburban voters. Under his proposals, millions of voters are offered a new government health-care plan, and millions more are offered federal housing and housing assistance. Tax cuts, emphasized for years to convince swing voters, aren’t prioritized.
“In 2008, one of the things we had to constantly fight in places like the I-4 corridor was taxes,” said Steve Schale, an Obama-Biden campaign veteran who’s now a strategist for the pro-Biden super PAC Unite the Country, referring to a vote-rich stretch of Florida cities and suburbs. “I bet you we ran more ads about Barack Obama cutting middle-class taxes than anything. We had to win that fight. Our ad strategy was built around keeping that fight neutral.”
Tough-on-crime politicking has been de-emphasized, too. The party’s 2012 platform did not mention the “war on drugs.” The 2016 platform, reshaped by Sanders delegates, condemned the drug war for the “imprisonment of millions of Americans, disproportionately people of color.” The task force’s paper, with Biden’s name at the top, pledges to “end the failed ‘War on Drugs’ ” entirely.
Weigel is right about FNC though. They are
crafting the narrative reporting that AOC and Bernie, the socialists, are taking over Democratic Establishment, and it is showing up in other Red State.com outlets. I guess the new norm is the “Progressive Establishment.” I wish that were true. I’m not fooled by any of this and neither are most progressives.
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Thank you Benny! So good to see you.
This is me after a crazy week (year-end! omg) – please see attached pic, lol.
I hope you all have a great evening, am getting hit hard from Tropical Storm Fay, extremely windy/rainy now, getting worse by the minute, will be up to sustained over-30mph winds for five hours tonight.
Stay dry birdie friends! ❤️
You too, mags! Stay safe!
I Was at the Tulsa Rally With Anti-Trump Vets. The President Should Be Worried.
Hedges interviews the author of the above piece.
Shrink Wall Street to Guarantee Good Jobs
The Pandemic Proved That Cash Payments Work. An extra $600 a week buys freedom from fear.
A lot of the jobs lost during the CV epidemic are NOT coming back. GOPukes and DINOs could care less!
Yes, and they all get on the “Creative Destruction” mantra.
America’s looming housing crisis
Our excessive consumerism economy is like a unrelenting cancer. People are manipulated way to easy to “Keep up with the Jones’s” mentality
Mr. Mags & I forcibly jolted out of consumerism in 2007 (that recession hit us hard).
But.. we’ve noticed that, as a result of that tough time, we are more prepared than a lot of people to ride this one out. Covid 19 didn’t really change our lifestyle.
And we’re both really happy that we consume so much less now, and are ok with that.
It’s a kind of freedom.
Same here as far as 2008 goes, realized how foolish is was, For a while now its been just gift cards from the kids for b-days and Christmas Etc i tell them its not necessary, Pre covid the Mrs. and would simply go for a dinner at a local place for our anniv. dinner.
This is from USNews.com
7 Marijuana Stocks That Could Be Election Winners
The point here is that if Biden can’t be persuaded for medical reasons to legalize cannabis, maybe his GOP friends will make the financial case. Problem is that cannabis prices would go down and that could hurt the shareholders proceeds. But we’ll see. US News must be in touch with John Boehner, who sits on the National Cannabis Roundtable.
marijuana legalization been left issue for over 50 years and many states moving on it
what the F**k are they doing?
adding to police like Clinton did?
afraid of backlash?
Next tweet, which probably does put its finger on it:
Marijuana is an easy-to-cultivate plant. Monopolizing it is proving to be difficult. The bigger problem is it still is a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroin, speed, etc. Someone needs to ask semi-senile Joe about it.
National Review is Trying to Rewrite Its Own Racist History
I missed this earlier this week. Apologies if it is a dupe.
As an aside: there were KKK chapters in the North and Midwest. Some of those “good” ole boys put their Southern brethren to shame with their bloodlust, viciousness and psychopathy.
Isn’t Forrest Nathan Bedford from Indiana?
I wiki’d him and he was Southern from Tennessee. First KKK Grand Dragon and responsible for a massacre which killed several hundred AA solders. Nasty redneck piece of work. 🙁
Oh boo hoo… so sorry to hear that a Republican is upset with the direction the party has taken.
this DK/TOP article was linked on Naked capitalism
report from the ground on Covid 19
ends with truly bad news — especially now that in the last few decades, neo liberal economics has become the new religion
The urine test is a poster at the start of article 1. if pisser has no pants piss on you. 2. if you have pants on less piss on you 3. if they have pants on the piss runs down their leg
Four first hand reports from Real World, Covid19 edition. They do not fit any narrative very well.
article worth reading
That was quite a ruling! wow
Guess she won’t be endorsing Shahid either
Aren’t they required to donate those earnings to charity if they are still in Congress?
i don’t know. that would make a diff, depending on the charity.
Which one is worth $75K? Which one gets $150K?
Company Linked to Jay-Z’s TIDAL Reportedly Received PPP Loan Before TIDAL Laid Off 15 Furloughed Employees
A lot of these rappers are nothing more than street hustlers and grifters.
What’s interesting is The Root.com reported on it.
Not sure who is offended here. My comment was not racist. Whoever you are, go look up the history of rap AND hip-hop. A lot of these dudes ended up dead like Biggie Smalls or in jail (too many to count). Some are gifted artists, but a lot of them aren’t.
BTW, Eminem sure isn’t AA.
Some of those so called artists music is disgusting, epically against women
Someone at work today remarked that other countries not keen on Americans coming in.