Biden’s Agenda Should Be Bold
Vice President Joe Biden has some impressive task forces working on issue positions. I suggest these five packages as a first-year agenda: My first package would be a Medicare-for-all option in Obamacare and a version of the Green New Deal. That will bring young voters to the polls this year and keep them engaged through the 2022 midterm.
Next, I’d move to economic underpinnings: early childhood education, childcare, an increase in the minimum wage, nationalizing Unemployment Insurance standards, paid sick/family leave, and alleviating student loan burdens. Third is an election reform package that ensures universal and convenient access to voting, new redistricting standards and the Electoral College issue. Fourth, clean up the Trump administration’s regulatory action and reinstate basic health, safety and environmental protections. Finally (for this first cut), reestablish our international relationships and rebuild trust with our allies. I originally posted these in response to an article at a great blogsite: agentsofreason.com
Trump and McConnell Joined at the Hip
“Donald Trump’s gross incompetence, colossal ignorance, sloth, unmitigated corruption, cruelty and multifaceted psychopathology are no longer adequate explanations for his catastrophic malfeasance as president. His purpose in life is to break things and hurt people. Destruction is his ecstasy and fulfillment. We as a people are now the clear targets of this blind malevolence. At a time of great peril from the pandemic, we are at his mercy until election day. It can’t come too soon. Trump is a monster.” From Warren M. Hern, a physician and epidemiologist who practices medicine in Boulder, Colo.
Mitch McConnell said the Senate Republicans don’t feel “the urgency of acting immediately” to assist Americans who have been decimated by Covid 19. The pandemic has killed more than 100,00 Americans and cast 40 million out of work, but McConnell suggests waiting another month to act will be fine.
Trump speaking to reporters: “Mexico is having a very, very hard time, as you know, with Covid, especially along the border. Fortunately, we have a brand-new wall along there and the wall is saving us.” My note: Mexico has had 84,000 infections and 9,415 deaths. As of May 30, the United States has had 1,737,950 cases, with 102,785 deaths.
The President’s Dream: America Stands Alone
President Trump announced the US pullout from the World Health Organization. He has attacked the World Trade Organization. He cancelled our involvement with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. He advocates breaking arms-control treaties. He threatens the unity of NATO. He builds a wall to separate America from our closest neighbor. He encouraged Britain to pull out of the European Union. He blames other nations for American domestic problems. He closes American borders to immigrants seeking asylum and puts drastic limits on green-card applicants. Trump’s unfettered assault on the global community of nations is focused on isolating the United States to fulfill a long-held passion of the far-right to see the United States stand alone. I don’t think this is what Ronald Reagan meant when he said America is “a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.”
A Congressman responds: “The WHO is not a perfect organization, but leaving will make the United States and the world less safe. President Trump is ceding American global leadership and handing it over on a golden platter to China. Shameful and irresponsible.” Tweeted by Representative Ami Bera, MD, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation as reported by The New York Times.
Truth or Lie?
According to The Washington Post Fact Checker, President Trump made 16,241 false or misleading statements. That breaks down to 15 each day. Thus far he has been able to skate through his dishonesty by constantly spinning out new atrocities via his Twitter account, and people seem to shrug. But I sense that he is beginning to get tangled in a web of his own making. He would be well served to ponder these words from Buddha: “Three things cannot be long hidden: The sun, the moon, and the truth.”
A May 30 column in The New York Times by Roger Cohen focused in on that truth: “Trump is a doughnut. There is a hole in the middle of him where honesty, humanity, decency, morality and dignity never formed. He has done incalculable damage.”
Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis responded to being called weak by President Trump: “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis.”