Post by El Castor Post by islander Post by El Castor
On Sat, 21 Nov 2020 12:26:04 -0800, Josh Rosenbluth
Post by Josh Rosenbluth Post by El Castor Post by islander Post by El Castor
On Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:23:55 -0800, Josh Rosenbluth
Post by Josh Rosenbluth
My question is will it make a difference in how you see him, especially
if he runs in 2024? Would you vote for him the primary? Inn the general
It might make a difference, but it depends on a lot of things -- the
quality and quantity of evidence of cheating, the exact nature of his
tweats, the magnitude of the disaster of a Biden administration, and
most importantly the quality of his competition. I think you know I
voted for Ronald Reagan in the last primary.
Not a bad idea! A ghost would have done less damage.
What damage? Trump did far more for the poor and African Americans
than Obama/Biden ever did.
Jobs: Legal and illegal Hispanic immigration takes jobs that would
largely be filled by African Americans. Trump's genuine and successful
efforts at border control combined with his administrations 2017
Econmoic Development and Jobs Act opened up the job market for African
Americans and gave them the lowest unemployment rate since it was
first recorded in 1992.
Economy: The above, combined with his corporate Tax Cut and pressure
on China, returned significant manufacturing to the United States, and
provided even more jobs to those who needed them -- of all races.
What will Biden do? I am confident that he will open the borders, tax
the corporations (which is really a tax on jobs and all of us), and
bow to his Chinese masters -- destroying the US steel business and
returning manufacturing to China. Please prove me wrong.
He seems to make two points ...
1. Trump can be a loud mouthed jerk. Can't argue with that.
2. Trump isn't sufficiently right wing -- doesn't kowtow to the
Federalist Society, etc.
On #2 all I can say is good for Trump. Personally I rely on logic, not
dogma, and ultimately Trump seems to do the same. The far Right and
the far Left are driven by emotion. Logic isn't in their vocabulary.
For me, gun control -- good. Abortion -- not really any of my
business. Disintegration of the Black family -- very bad. Immigration
control -- good. Animal cruelty -- very bad. etc. I'm sure the
Federalist Society would find me, and Trump, despicable. Yup, just
looked it up. "Cofounder Of Conservative Federalist Society Calls For
President Trump To Be Impeached".
I support Trump for one reason -- loud mouthed jerk that he can be, he
has promoted policies that I believe are beneficial to the nation as a
whole, and by that I mean everyone, not the rich, not the poor, not
the Black, not the White -- Everyone.
We will see what damage Trump has done in the form of Presidential
Directives, especially in the first 100 days of a Biden administration.
Personally, I'm looking forward to who he selects for his cabinet. That
is probably the best measure of what we can expect him to accomplish.
What specifically do you hope Biden will accomplish?
A lot will depend on whether the Democrats get control of the Senate and
even if they manage to win both seats in Georgia, the Democrats still
have to have the courage to eliminate the 60 vote threshold to prevent
obstructionism by the Republicans. I'm not very confident that either
is going to happen, so I need to calibrate my expectations accordingly.
1. Highest priority has to be to get past the pandemic and vaccines
notwithstanding, that is going to be difficult. I expect that the Biden
administration will focus on a strong federal effort to bring people
together around solid science and build confidence that there will be
equitable attention brought to all aspects of exposure, treatment, and
distribution of the vaccines. He can do most of this with executive orders.
2. Work with both sides to get financial assistance to help avoid a
financial crisis to carry us until the virus is substantially over. The
biggest problem to overcome here is the majority leader in the Senate,
but there is substantial interest on both sides to implement a stimulus
package and this will be a major test of his legislative experience in
building agreements across party lines.
3. An infrastructure program is another example of where there is strong
interest on both sides and is a good way to create jobs. Once again,
this is a test of his experience and I think that he can rise to the task.
4. Immigration is a mess and I expect him to take immediate action to
find and reunite the ~550 children still in custody with their parents.
I expect him to do this in collaboration with the NGOs that have been
about the only effort on this until now. I also expect him to
reestablish the DACA program with an executive order and to continue to
work on a legislative and more permanent solutions. There is advocacy
for this in Congress. The biggest problem is to get it to the floor of
the Senate where enough Republicans can be persuaded to finally get this
off their plate.
5. I expect the Biden administration to make a major effort to
reestablish our partnerships with countries in the rest of the world.
High on the list will be NATO, WHO, nuclear disarmament (especially
START nuclear accord), rejoining the Paris Climate Accord,
reestablishing the Iran Nuclear Accord (going to be very difficult), and
reestablish the Pacific Trade agreement. (Note that China has stepped
into the vacuum and has their own Pacific Trade agreement in the works.)
6. I expect to see a new emphasis on how police enforcement can be
improved by addressing the problem of unreasonably high expectations
placed on police to solve problems that they are poorly equipped to
handle. On the judicial side, I expect to see some major housecleaning
7. Without control of the Senate, I don't see any major tax legislation.
While we might see some progress toward a single payer health
insurance system, any progress on health care is likely to be fixing
minor problems around the edges where the Biden administration can get
I can probably think of a lot more, but that will do for now.