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Joe Biden Goes Full Progressive

Brett Davis

Posted on July 16, 2020 22:00

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The former veep tacks hard left with less than four months to go until the general election.

It’s axiomatic that major party presidential candidates, after the primary battles, track back to the middle to appeal to as many voters as possible in the general election. That may yet be the case with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden after next month’s party convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Then again, maybe not, as Biden – whom conventional wisdom declared the more moderate and therefore more electable candidate as compared to Democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders – has steadily moved further and further to the political left as he moves closer and closer to actually securing the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Evidence of Biden’s lurch to the left abounds.

During a July 8 interview with leftist publication NowThis, the former vice president said over-militarized police have “become the enemy,” adding that funding should “absolutely” be reallocated elsewhere. In other words, Biden offered up his support for defunding law enforcement – even as crime skyrockets across the country – without explicitly jumping on board the “defund the police” movement.

It’s a curious weasel-like stance, given Biden’s earlier USA Today op-ed in which he advocated against defunding the police in favor of reforms in law enforcement. It’s all the more curious when one factors in then-Senator Biden’s support for the 1994 crime bill that today’s progressives regard as too-tough-on-crime legislation that contributed to mass incarceration of racial minorities.

Further evidence of Biden’s leftward drift can be found in his teaming up with former rival Sanders in the form of policy recommendations jointly backed by the two camps. Released on July 8, the 110-page document, “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations,” covers a variety of issues, including climate change, health care, criminal justice, education and more.

Not surprisingly, on nearly every issue Biden moves closer to Sanders’ big-government stance, with what The New York Times described as “broader and costlier plans than he has championed so far in his campaign,” including more aggressive designs on mandating carbon emissions in tackling climate change.

And speaking of climate change, Biden’s campaign on July 14 unveiled a $2 trillion proposal to combat climate change inspired, at least in part, by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s utterly unrealistic “Green New Deal.”  Again, not surprisingly, Biden’s plan calls for bigger spending and faster action than he backed during the Democratic primaries earlier this year, as well as a pledge to rejoin the useless Paris climate agreement President Trump withdrew the U.S. from in 2017.

Will Biden’s move toward the far left, along with his peek-a-boo-style campaigning in the Age of Coronavirus, be enough to make his long-held dream of being elected president of the United States come true? We’ll find out on Nov. 3.

Brett Davis

Posted on July 16, 2020 22:00

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