Biden abandons the poor, middle class, and national security

President Biden likely hoped that his first address to a joint session of Congress would come across as a leap toward a progressive vision for America. He spoke of building infrastructure, helping families and creating jobs; of rebuilding alliances to create a safe and secure world. His advisers envision a “Biden Boom,” based upon an unprecedented level of federal spending. He spoke of “fairness” in taxing the rich and America’s corporations to finance this vision.

But Joe Biden has been around a long time and has seen politicians try and fail with such policies for 50 years. In the recesses of his mind, he must have an inkling of what lies ahead.

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Joe Biden Should Declare a Food and Nutrition War

It’s time for President Biden to create a National Institute for Food, Nutrition and Disease Prevention within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and make it the central scientific voice on nutrition within the government. That one step could lower American health care costs by hundreds of billions of dollars per year, improve health care, enhance social justice and prepare Americans to survive the next pandemic.

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(an old one, but still relevant with recall) Republicans rejoice: Federal Tax Reform may set off California Taxpayer Revolt

The Republicans in Congress are on the verge of enacting a historic tax reform program that will lead to radical change in California politics. The law taking shape will eliminate much of the federal deductions for state taxes and mortgage interest. California voters initially will react with fury, but when the dust settles, they will then turn on state and local governments to ask how all this tax money is being spent and who approved these programs and taxes.

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Not to Ruin the Party, But the 2021 Forecast is Nightmarish

The year’s end is a time for reflecting on the past year and preparing for the new one. Most people are looking forward to moving past COVID-19 and its lockdowns and returning to “normal life.” But, for Joe Biden, still popping Champagne corks after the Electoral College vote, 2021 may be creeping up to become his worst nightmare. America was severely broken and fundamentally changed during 2020 and it will take a long time to fix it — a job that President-elect Biden is unprepared to handle.

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The Grinch Steals Joe Biden’s Christmas

What happened? Joe Biden finally got the big job. He’d get the great house, get to entertain in the front of the cool plane, (almost) everyone loved him, and he could set up a comfortable retirement. His close friends were gathered around his Christmas tree, expecting all kinds of great gifts, but all they found in their stockings were … lumps of coal. The Grinch had stolen his Christmas.

All of that is a long-winded way of saying that, by far, the most important job in the Biden administration will be director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Joe Biden’s Looming Disaster

Pity Joe Biden. He is the dog that finally caught the bus and he is soon to be political roadkill. While he celebrates his victory in the Electoral College, powerful forces already are engaged to doom him and his presidency. His two central problems are that he has set the wrong expectations and that his policies will not work in the current domestic and international political, economic and military environment.

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Biden Victory: Bonfire of the Insanities

Election results appear to be in, but any progressive triumphalism, or claims of a “mandate for radical change,” will hit a wall — radical insanity lost.

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Joe Biden’s Dangerous, Top Secret “Foreign Policy”

Joe Biden has a foreign policy plan that is so secret no one knows what it is, not even Joe.

The Biden/Harris public statement speaks, predictably, with election language, about rebuilding the world’s “trust” in and “respect” for America (read: not-Trump), a “middle class” foreign policy, and, of course, environmentalism.

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America’s Holy War: The 2020 Election

This political year can be understood through the lens of a religious war. Both sides are doctrinal; neither will entertain the other’s arguments or points of view. Disagreements descend to personal invective. Heretics are rooted out. Rhetoric is extreme, and there is violence. It is a zero-sum game — neither side wins unless the other loses.

It is the worst of politics.

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Why the race has become “Trump the Known” vs “Biden the Unknown”

The Democrats appear to have achieved the near-impossible: They have wrecked their winning hand by making the election not about Donald Trump.

Had they remained calm and above the fray, the Democrats could have focused on the unlimited Trump excesses in character assassination, accompanied by his grating self-congratulation, and skated to a 60-40 electoral landslide. Statesmanship and political sophistication could have assured an overwhelming and sustained victory. But, in a party dominated by childlike impulse and shrill overstatement, largely devoid of political or economic balance, they may have engineered their own political suicide and shifted the electoral balance to Trump.

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