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September 08, 2020

Why A Biden Presidency Will Disappoint Progressive Democrats

A Biden presidency will be another disappointment for the progressives who support the Democrats campaign.

The Washington Post is lauding Joe Biden's 'flexibility' on policy issues:

When Joe Biden released economic recommendations two months ago, they included a few ideas that worried some powerful bankers: allowing banking at the post office, for example, and having the Federal Reserve guarantee all Americans a bank account.

But in private calls with Wall Street leaders, the Biden campaign made it clear those proposals would not be central to Biden’s agenda.

“They basically said, ‘Listen, this is just an exercise to keep the Warren people happy, and don’t read too much into it,’ ” said one investment banker, referring to liberal supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The banker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private talks, said that message was conveyed on multiple calls.

By making promises to the more progressive parts of the Democrats while secretly pledging different policies to the rich Joe Biden is following the 'flexibility' of Barack Obama. During his first presidential campaign Obama promised several times that he would renegotiate NAFTA, the free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. But behind the back of his supporters he secretly send envoys to Canada to let the government there know that he did not intend to implement that promise:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ordered an investigation into how reporters obtained a memo detailing a discussion between Canadian diplomats and a member of Obama’s team. The memo said the Obama adviser indicated that the candidate’s criticism of NAFTA was primarily political.

Obama’s team denied he was being insincere, but rival Hillary Clinton said the memo showed her opponent could not be trusted. Both candidates blame the free trade agreement for U.S. job losses and vow to change or even abandon the deal, an act that could hurt Canada’s economy and damage ties between the world’s two largest trading partners.

Biden is showing such 'flexibility' on multiple issues:

This reluctance to be pinned down on policy details is central to Biden’s campaign, which has focused on a pledge to “restore the soul of the nation” rather than any particular legislative holy grail. While Biden has issued a raft of proposals, he’s often taken an all-things-to-all-people approach, sometimes making strong public declarations while relying on aides to soothe critics behind the scenes.

The ones who would be most disappointed with a center-right Biden regime will be those 'progressives' who currently support his campaign. Whatever they get promised now does not mean anything:

The Biden campaign said the economic recommendations were produced jointly by supporters of Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and were never intended as official policy.
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[T]he Biden team views the task forces’ ideas as merely recommendations, while many Sanders supporters consider them binding.

At the same time Biden's foreign policy team is filling up with liberal interventionists from the Obama era and with neoconservatives:

Never-Trumper Republicans have been worming their way into the Biden campaign, offering to flesh out his “coalition” ahead of the election and pushing their way into the foreign policy discussions, particularly on China. Given their shared history with the liberal interventionists already in the campaign, don’t for a second think that there aren’t hungry neoconservatives among them trying to get a seat at the table.
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These guys are charter members of the Washington foreign policy consensus, mixed in with neoconservative never-Trumpers like Eliot Cohen and Robert Kagan (his wife Victoria Nuland was a top neocon official in the Clinton State Department) who have despised Trump from the beginning and think his America First foreign policy is “deeply misguided” and leading the country to “crisis.” Kagan, who openly supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, has already authored at least one anti-Trump foreign policy op-ed with top Biden advisor Anthony Blinken. Wolves in sheep’s clothing. 

A Biden win will mean a revival of the war on Syria, no renewal of the nuclear deal with Iran and other hawkish foreign policies:

Anyone therefore hoping for a softening of U.S. policy towards Iran, should Biden win, may be pinning too much hope on Bernie Saunders or ‘The Squad’ being able to ‘round off the sharp edges from U.S. foreign policy stances’ – they may be being overly-optimistic. It is just too obvious: As China veers towards Iran and the Middle East in search of energy-supply security, the temptation of any success with forcing a hawkish stance on China will be to link the two (Iran and China), and to try to push for a ‘kill-two-birds-with-one-stone’ policy stance.

Sure, the policies of a Biden presidency would look more polished and presentable than the boorish ways in which Trump acts. That is the main reason why the Washington establishment rejects Trump and supports Biden.

But we can certainly expect that a Biden presidency, won in the election or through the Democrats well planned color revolution scheme, will be to the right of the center-right policies Barack Obama implemented. This will hold for domestic policies issues as well as with regards to foreign policy.

Posted by b on September 8, 2020 at 17:35 UTC | Permalink

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@200 Russ

Quit with the looney hizzy fit and slanderous, tin foil conspiracy tripe.

What'll you do when your boy Trump loses? Sheesh.

Posted by: Circe | Sep 10 2020 18:14 utc | 201

Ok Trumpbot.

He's your president, all you stand for, and he's going to be your president again. Eat it.

Posted by: Russ | Sep 10 2020 18:59 utc | 202

Circe @ 201

Quit with the looney hizzy fit and slanderous, tin foil conspiracy tripe.

In what way is Russ concurring with my point, regarding Andrew Cuomo's culpability for a massive amount of CoVid deaths, "slanderous, tin foil conspiracy tripe"?

If anything it is "conspiracy fact".

Posted by: Triden | Sep 10 2020 19:56 utc | 203

Jackrabit #158

"the security state will decide when the USA goes to war and not some president"

Yes to that and my guess it will be within one month of the creation of the Eurasian backed gold exchange coming into existence. That should emerge pretty soon.

It was that same emergence in Libya that sent the hegemon berserk.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 10 2020 20:45 utc | 204

Tripe

Thank you for the Cuomo links. Murderous millionaires should pay for culpable murder. These scumbags hiding in the Democrat machine are the foundation for Trump re-election.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 10 2020 21:00 utc | 205

uncle tungsten @204--

The Shanghai Gold Exchange has existed for five years.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 10 2020 22:12 utc | 206

Biden won't disappoint this progressive Democrat because I expect nothing.
I currently expect to vote for Biden simply because he is not Trump.

Posted by: Nick | Sep 10 2020 23:29 utc | 207

Only those having expectations will be disappointed. Having no expectations of Biden that he'll be anything other than a slightly less vicious H. Clinton. If the population of world were voting I'd imagine they'd go for Trump as he is less likely to bomb their country than any non-left Democrat.

Posted by: SteveLaudig | Sep 14 2020 3:27 utc | 208

It was that same emergence in Libya that sent the hegemon berserk.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 10 2020 20:45 utc | 204

They like the infinite free dollars quite a lot. You can see they went nuts with it. Like giving a teenage boy a 400hp automobile, you know they are going to floor it.

What a waste.

Posted by: Bemildred | Sep 14 2020 11:31 utc | 209

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