Two Political Peas In a Pod
Biden is a gaffe machine. The ultimate gaffe machine.
But who would have thought that Harris would also have a slip of the tongue during this campaign season? Considering that you have been picked as his running mate, wouldn’t Harris make sure that she had her thoughts and words together before she spoke?
During a virtual roundtable in Arizona with small business owners, Harris had a slip of the tongue when she suggested that under “a Harris administration,” small businesses would have a strong ally.
“A Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States,” she said. Harris then quickly corrected herself, “The Biden-Harris administration will provide access to $100 billion in low-interest loans and investments from minority business owners.”
Harris’ little slip fueled the internet fodder that she was picked to eventually take over for Biden because of his ailing mental state.
Speaking of Joe, the former vice president didn’t help shake of that stigma attached to him when he once again stuck his foot in his mouth during an address where he mentioned that the “Obama administration rescued the auto industry.”
According to Biden, his efforts to save the auto industry was “just the beginning if he and Obama “get re-elected.”
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The Progressive Push in 2020
You got to hand it to them. Progressives have set up shop in Texas and are making a strong run at some of the state’s most prominent Republican members of Congress.
Click on today’s servings of the Progressive push in Texas:
“Trump Accepts Joe Rogan’s Offer To Moderate 4-Hour Presidential Debate With Biden” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – President Trump on Monday says he would gladly participate in a four-hour presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that would be moderated by MMA commentator and podcast host Joe Rogan. Trump quoted tweeted a tweet from Tim Kennedy, a retired mixed martial artist, who posted that Rogan offered during his podcast to moderate a four-hour debate between Trump and Biden without a live audience. “On my podcast with @joerogan he offered to moderate a debate between @JoeBiden and @realDonaldTrump It would be four hours with no live audience. Just the two candidates, cameras, and their vision of how to move this country forward. Who wants this?” Kennedy said in his tweet. Trump quickly responded to Kennedy question, tweeting “I do!” Rogan outlined the debate offer last Friday during his podcast program “The Joe Rogan Experience” with Kennedy. “First of all, I want no one else in the room, just the three of us, and you’d have to stream it live so no one can edit it, and I would want them in there for hours,” Rogan said. “And ideas?” Kennedy responded. “We get to hear what they actually believe in? What they’re gonna do? Who they’re gonna’ appoint? What judges are gonna’ be coming in, what policies from gun control to all of it?” “Yes,” Rogan said. “We should have that. This is 2020. I mean, we have the ability to have that. We’re not talking about 1979; we’re talking about 2020. If they wanted to do that, they both wanted to come here in Austin, sit down, and have a debate, I would 100% do it.” “It would be the best way to find out, but I don’t think that Biden can handle that,” Rogan added. The podcast host went on to bring up concerns about Biden’s mental acuity, saying he is skeptical that the former vice president would go through with the debates and betting $100 that neither of the three schedule debate would happen.
“Trump Announces Bahrain Joining UAE In Signing On To Peace Deal With Israel” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – President Trump on Friday announced that he has brokered another huge Middle East deal to establish full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel, the second such breakthrough agreement in less than a month between an Arab nation and Israel. “On this occasion, I want to thank the leaders of Israel and Bahrain for their vision and courage to forge this historic agreement,” Trump said announcing the historic deal from the Oval Office Friday afternoon. “The leadership is proving that the future can be filled with hope and does not need to be predetermined by conflicts of the past. We know all about the conflicts of the past, they’re very legendary. There was a lot of problems going on but we’ve been able to work things out to a level that nobody thought possible. This is really something very special, very, very special.” “This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security and prosperity in the region,” Trump said in a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and King Hamad bin Isa Salman al-Khalifa of Bahrain,” Trump added. Israel and Bahrain have committed to begin the exchange of embassies and ambassadors, start direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors.
“Families sue Gov. Abbott, claim Texas is ‘violating constitutional rights’ of nursing home residents” by Kxan’s Avery Travis – Marcy Renneberg spent weeks grieving the death of her father. She would like to sit with her mother to help her process their loss, but isn’t allowed due to state restrictions. That’s why Renneberg said she filed a lawsuit. “We still had memories to make that were stolen from us,” she said, blaming the state of Texas as the thief. After COVID-19 began to spread across the state back in mid-March, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) restricted access to vulnerable long-term care facilities — banning any non-essential visitors, including family members. In the court documents filed this week, Renneberg and another family claim the governor, HHSC and the individual nursing homes are “violating constitutional and statutory rights” of the residents and their loved ones by “prohibiting essential family visitors, damaging the health of residents in these facilities, and costing precious time to the residents and their families.” Renneberg said her father remained healthy for four months after the pandemic began, but he ultimately tested positive for the virus and later died. “To know they’ve suffered months of cruel isolation, and you’ve had your heart ripped out? It’s a tormenting process that you weren’t able to be there with them for their last months. Their last months,” she cried. “The government has taken that away from us. The government is the one that’s responsible for the cruelty to my family.”
“Texas gives preliminary approval for revised school sex ed policy that excludes LGBTQ issues” by Texas Tribune’s Aliyya Swaby – The Texas State Board of Education gave preliminary approval this week to a sex education policy that includes teaching middle schoolers about birth control beyond abstinence — its first attempt to revise that policy since 1997. In jam-packed meetings held Wednesday through Friday, the 15-member Republican-dominated board came one step closer to revising minimum standards for what Texas students learn about health and sex. It is expected to take a final vote in November. The board voted to teach seventh and eighth grade students to “analyze the effectiveness and the risks and failure rates … of barrier protection and other contraceptive methods in the prevention of STDs, STIs and pregnancy,” in addition to the importance of abstinence. Currently, learning about birth control methods beyond abstinence is only a requirement in high school, where health education is an optional course. But the board rejected proposals to teach middle school students about the importance of consent or teach any students to define gender identity and sexual orientation. At public hearings in June and earlier this week, many current and former Texas public school students said they received little to no sex education, instead learning from pornography or uninformed friends. Many rallied for comprehensive sex education that explained options for contraception, the importance of consent and the definitions of gender identity and sexual orientation.
“North Texas firefighters travel west to help fight wildfires” by WFAA’s Jobin Panicker – The fires along the West Coast continue to rage in Califonia, Oregon and Washington. The images of the devastation are staggering. In sharp contrast are images of hope coming from Texan fire stations as they send crews to help. A strike team from North Texas comprised of firefighters from Flower Mound, Fort Worth and Arlington left for California on Friday morning. They reached the northern California staging area late Sunday. A strike team consists of five vehicles with about three firefighters per vehicle. The Flower Mound Fire Department also sent a brush truck to help fight the fires. “We’re positive. If we were anxious or had any fear then we wouldn’t have agreed to come on this deal,” said Brody Eakin, a 12-year veteran of Flower Mound Fire. “These wildland fires – it’s more of a marathon instead of a sprint. We have to adjust our operational pace,” Eakin said. All of the firefighters who have left are leaving behind family and friends to enter a high-risk environment. Eakin said he had to leave his wife and two young boys to help with the California fires. But, he says he knows they have a job to do. Those fires have killed 33 people and destroyed countless homes and land – more than three million acres, the largest in California history. “These wildfires are driven by topography and by weather and sometimes they create their own weather. The firestorms they’ve seen is unexplainable, unimaginable,” said Flower Mound firefighter Brandon Barth.
“Mayor Toby Powell of Conroe dies after long battle with cancer” by ABC 13 – The Mayor of Conroe, Toby Powell, lost his battle to cancer on Saturday, according to an announcement published on the city’s official Facebook page. “Mayor Powell has fought a valiant fight against cancer for the past several years and even through his personal pain he has led this City with integrity, spirit, determination,” read the announcement. On Sunday night, Mayor Pro Tem Duke Coon ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff at all city buildings and facilities to honor Powell’s life. According to the city’s website, Powell served on city council in 1977, 1978 and 2008 before serving as Mayor Pro-Tem from 2010-2012. He then went on to serve as mayor for several years. Powell is a graduate of Conroe High School and attended Sam Houston State University. The city said he helped establish a homestead tax exemption for residents, lowered the tax rate his first year and led the city through several disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. He also served as a director of the Conroe Industrial Development Corp. Powell was also very active in Conroe’s downtown performing arts events, such as the annual Christmas event, according to the city’s website. “Mayor Powell once said he would fight for the City of Conroe, that he loved so much until his dying breath,” read the city’s announcement. “Rest in Peace Mayor Toby – job on Earth well done. Your legacy will live on in all your good work.”
“Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Says He Does Not Want US Supreme Court Job: ‘It’s Not The Desire Of My Heart’” by CBS DFW / CNN – Days after Sen. Ted Cruz was included on President Donald Trump’s new list of potential Supreme Court nominees, the Texas Republican says that he does not want the job. While Cruz noted that it is “humbling” to be included on the president’s list, “it’s not the desire of my heart,” he told Fox Business News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. “I want to be in the political fight,” Cruz explained. “I want to be fighting to nominate and confirm three, four, five principled constitutionalist justices, but that’s not where I want to serve. I want to stay fighting right where I am in the U.S. Senate.” When the list came out last week, Cruz released a statement, saying “It’s humbling and an immense honor to be considered.” The comments make Cruz the second of the three conservative Republican senators on the list to deflect the high court buzz. Sen. Josh Hawley, the junior senator from Missouri, tweeted Wednesday that although he appreciates the President’s confidence in him, “as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court. I look forward to confirming constitutional conservatives.” On the other hand, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, another new addition to the list, responded to the news in a tweet saying he “will always heed the call of service to our nation.” Cotton also tweeted Wednesday that “It’s time for Roe v. Wade to go,” a reference to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide, and possible nod to Trump’s own anti-abortion stance. Trump, who opposes abortion rights and gun regulations, warned after the list’s unveiling that “our cherished rights are at risk including the right to life and our great Second Amendment.”
“Conflicting Virus Data in Texas Raises Distrust of the Government” by New York Times’ Amy Schoenfeld Walker and Lisa Waananen Jones – Inconsistencies and problems with Covid-19 data collection in Texas have clouded the picture of the pandemic’s trajectory in the state, to the point that some residents and officials say they cannot rely on the numbers to tell them what is really going on. The state has overlooked thousands of cases, only to report them weeks after infection. It has made major adjustments to its case and death counts, defining them one way and then another, suddenly reporting figures for some counties that were vastly different from those posted by the local health department. “The changing of gears and data reporting at the state has a lot of public health departments feeling a significant case of whiplash,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio said. The daunting task of reporting coronavirus cases and deaths in real time has strained public health departments across the country. But none have shown more repeated cracks than Texas. The state has faced these data problems as infections surged in the summer and schools and colleges began to reopen for the fall. Changes in the state’s figures have been large enough to affect national trends, and have sown confusion and distrust at a time when the state says it needs public support to avoid another surge. “If everyone was counted in a timely way, then maybe people would be more careful, and maybe people would understand that this is real,” said Debra Zukonik of Rockwall County, where the deaths of her brother and a friend did not appear to be reflected in state and local figures for weeks afterward.
“Texas Sen. Ted Cruz calling for criminal investigation into Netflix film ‘Cuties’” by Fox 10 – Texas Senator Ted Cruz is calling for a criminal investigation into the Netflix film ‘Cuties’. Cruz is asking for the Department of Justice to investigate if executives or filmmakers violated federal laws against production and distribution of child pornography. The French film, which debuted on Netflix on September 9, follows a 11-year-old who rebels against her family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew. The film has sparked quite a bit of controversy and the #cancelnetflix trended recently on Twitter where subscribers were asking others to cancel their subscription to the streaming service. In a letter to U.S. Attorney William Barr, Cruz said, “The film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial child nudity. These scenes in and of themselves are harmful. And it is likely that the filming of this movie created even more explicit and abusive scenes, and that pedophiles across the world in the future will manipulate and imitate this film in abusive ways.” Cruz also said in his letter, “As you know, the Department of Justice has a significant role in preventing the sexual abuse of children. The Department enforces federal criminal law making it a serious crime to produce or distribute material involving the sexual exploitation of minors, including the filming of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”
“Joe Biden’s performance with Hispanic voters will make-or-break his chances in these 3 battleground states” by Business Insider’s Madison Hall and Oma Seddiq – For the first time this year, Latinos are expected to be the largest racial minority in a US presidential election — wielding a significant voice that could decide the race in major battleground states. A record 32 million Latinos are projected to be eligible to vote in 2020, comprising 13.3% of total eligible voters in the US, up from 12.8% in the 2018 midterms and 11.9% in the 2016 elections. The electorate has also headed to the polls at historic rates in recent years, a sign of their growing political influence. Turnout among Hispanic voters more than doubled in 2018 versus the 2014 midterm elections, the single largest increase on record from one election to another, according to Pew Research Center. Hispanic voters were also more likely than other racial groups to cast their ballots early and by mail in 2018, two key voting methods that are anticipated to be heavily used during the coronavirus pandemic this year. Though the demographic has long been difficult for experts to accurately predict voting patterns — as the bloc is by no means a monolithic, differing in party preference, geography, ethnicity, among several other variables. Broadly, Hispanic voters in the West, like California and Nevada, tend to lean blue whereas those in parts of the South, like Florida, tilt red. This makes their civic engagement especially important in 2020, particularly in swing states where they comprise large swaths of the voting population: 30% in Texas, 24% in Arizona and 20% in Florida — and where President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival former Vice President Joe Biden are vying to win to secure the White House.
“President Pelosi? How a contested election brawl could unfold on Capitol Hill” by Fox News’ Chad Pergram – President Trump frequently suggests that election chaos could propel his favorite foil to the White House. “If you don’t have [the election settled] by the end of the year, crazy [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would become president,” augured Trump. Not quite. A lot of things must first spill off the rails for Pelosi to head to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But, election and congressional officials are starting to worry about what could unfold this fall and winter if they struggle to determine whether President Trump or Joe Biden prevails in battleground states. President Trump frequently suggests that election chaos could propel his favorite foil to the White House. “If you don’t have [the election settled] by the end of the year, crazy [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would become president,” augured Trump. Not quite. A lot of things must first spill off the rails for Pelosi to head to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But, election and congressional officials are starting to worry about what could unfold this fall and winter if they struggle to determine whether President Trump or Joe Biden prevails in battleground states. Congress passed the legislation after the disputed 1876 presidential election between President Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden. Electoral votes were far from certain in Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana and Oregon. There was a sprint to settle the electoral college tally before Inauguration Day, 1877. Congress created an “electoral commission” to resolve the issues. In those days, the president assumed office on March 4.
“Trump administration blocks some Xinjiang goods from China suspected of being made with slave labor” by CNN’s Geneva Sands and Ben Westcott – The Trump administration issued new import restrictions on Monday against Chinese companies it accuses of using slave labor, including products from suspected mass prison camps in China’s western Xinjiang region. Five companies or industrial parks in Xinjiang and one company in eastern Anhui province, which make apparel, cotton, computer and hair products, have been named in the new order by United States Customs and Border Protection (US CBP). One of Xinjiang’s “vocational skills education and training centers” is also named in the order, a name used euphemistically by Beijing to refer to the large re-education camps where inmates from Muslim minorities are allegedly detained, made to pledge loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party, and work as free or low-cost forced labor in factories and nearby facilities. “This is not a vocational center, it is a concentration camp,” said Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official performing the duties of the deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland. “A place where religious and ethnic minorities are subject to abuse and forced to work in heinous conditions with no recourse and no freedom. This is modern day slavery.” The agency issued “Withhold Release Orders” for all six Chinese entities, which are intended to prevent goods suspected to have been made with forced labor from entering the US. The orders allow Customs and Border Protection to detain shipments at US ports and gives companies the opportunity to export their shipments or demonstrate that the merchandise was not produced with forced labor. The new US actions fell short of what some had expected to be a more widespread ban on imports from China, which would have targeted all cotton and tomato products exported from the Xinjiang region to the US. Cuccinelli said that stronger action was still under review by the US administration.
“Absence of Coronavirus-Aid Deal Prompts Blame Game in Washington” by WSJ’s Kristina Peterson and Natalie Andrews – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging House Democrats to wait for a better deal on the coronavirus aid package when they return to work Monday. They may still be waiting on Election Day. With talks between the White House and Democrats at a standoff, both parties are looking increasingly likely to spend the final weeks before the election defending the absence of a deal and blaming the other rather than restarting negotiations. Democrats privately hope that prospects of a larger deal will improve after the election. Republicans say Democrats’ ambitions for a larger package blocked narrower help for households and businesses, and that the economy’s partial recovery has lessened the need for relief. The GOP’s Senate leaders put a $300 billion “skinny” bill that included jobless aid and small-business relief on the floor last week to give vulnerable lawmakers in tight contests something to show voters even though it failed to advance. Other Republican lawmakers, already wary of adding to the deficit, feel less anxiety over skipping more aid altogether. “If you’d asked me two or three weeks ago, I’d say very, very negative,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), referring to the economic impact of no further stimulus aid. But based on recent data, he said he now saw “a lot less of an impact than I would have thought two weeks ago.”
“Trump says Biden, Dems want ‘American nightmare’ in pitch to Latino voters” by Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly – President Trump sought to align Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party on Monday evening – arguing that a Biden White House would steer the United States toward socialism as he made his pitch to Latino voters in the battleground state of Arizona. Noting that many Hispanic-Americans emigrated to the U.S from countries ruled by socialist or communist leaders – specifically mentioning Venezuela and Cuba – Trump argued that the far-left wing of the Democratic Party would use Biden to enact their policy proposals if he is elected this November. “Many Hispanic-Americans came here to pursue the American dream,” Trump said during a roundtable event in Phoenix before claiming that the Democrats “are asking for an American nightmare of whatever you want to call it.” “We’re not going to be another Venezuela,” Trump added. “We’re not going to let that happen to our country.” Home to the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela was for decades an economic leader in the western hemisphere and, despite a massive gap between rich and poor, was a major destination for neighboring Colombians and other Latin Americans fleeing their less prosperous and more troubled homelands. But in recent years, the country has been gripped by widespread malnutrition, disease and violence, and critics accuse strongman leader Nicolás Maduro of unfairly winning an election in 2018 for a second six-year term by banning his popular rivals from running and jailing others. Trump’s comments come amid a sweep of western states over the last two days, where he has attempted to appeal to Latino voters in the run-up to the November 3 election. While Monday’s roundtable was billed as a “Latinos for Trump” event – and felt more like a campaign rally with a raucous and vocal crowd in attendance – the president faces an uphill battle when it comes to winning over Hispanic voters.
“Justice Department watchdog looking into Roger Stone sentencing changes” by CNN’s Katelyn Polantz – The Justice Department inspector general’s office has made inquiries into how the department handled the changing sentencing recommendations of Roger Stone, according to two sources. The IG initially took interest in the case after the four prosecutors on it resigned in protest of Attorney General William Barr’s intervention. Stone was eventually sentenced to 40 months in prison and President Donald Trump later commuted the sentence altogether. “We welcome the review,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said on Monday. A spokesperson for the IG’s office would not confirm or deny the investigation.
NBC News first reported the inquiry on Monday. It’s unclear what impact any investigation by Inspector General Michael Horowitz may have on the Justice Department or on the current state of politics — with the President repeatedly praising Stone and attacking investigators as part of his reelection campaign. The independent watchdog’s purview is relatively limited to fact-finding and making recommendations, and reports from the IG’s office often take months if not years to produce. Career prosecutors with the Justice Department in Washington originally recommended a harsh sentence for Stone’s convictions of lying to Congress, obstruction and threatening a witness. But Barr stepped in, toning down what the Justice Department requested for his penalty after the President criticized the recommendation in a tweet. The four prosecutors on the case resigned before the sentencing, and since then, two have publicly said — in a Washington Post column and in testimony to Congress — they believed Barr was undercutting the law to protect a friend of the President’s. The incident has long drawn scrutiny about Barr’s political influence over cases of interest to the President. The prosecutors at Stone’s trial proved their case that Stone had lied to Congress about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks in 2016 in order to protect the President.
“The Campaign’s Key Half-Hour? The Start of the First Debate.” By WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib – The most important 30 minutes of this year’s presidential campaign haven’t arrived yet. They will come Sept. 29, in the first half-hour of the first presidential debate. That is the crucial period when Joe Biden will have his best chance to show he’s up to the job, and give wavering voters who don’t really like President Trump a feeling that it’s safe to move away from him and toward the Democrats. That will be merely a first impression, of course, yet in this case the initial impression on this key question may be more important than whatever substantive wrangling follows across three scheduled debates. Why? Because Mr. Trump is trying to do something no president in modern history has ever attempted: win re-election when his job-approval in the venerable Gallup poll has never been above 50%. A stunning 44% of Americans said in the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that they have “very negative” feelings toward him personally. Clearly, a lot of Americans don’t particularly like the president, and many decided long ago they simply won’t vote for him. Yet, Mr. Trump also proved in 2016 that there also are plenty of other voters who may not like him personally, yet they will vote for him anyway, particularly if they think the alternative is worse. Mr. Biden’s mission is to convince such voters that he is a safe alternative—that he has the strength and mental acuity at age 77 to take on the presidency, and that he is in control of a Democratic Party moving to the left, not the other way around. The Trump campaign is busy sowing doubts on those fronts. The first debate is Mr. Biden’s best chance to erase them. The classic example of this dynamic came in 1980. By this point in 1980, Jimmy Carter was an unpopular president seen by many as not quite up to the job—or at least as not the right man for a tough job at a turbulent moment in history. His Gallup job-approval rating stood at 37% in mid-September.
“Trump campaign returns to economy with 8-figure ad buy, calls it ‘defining issue in this race’” by Fox News’ Brooke Singman – The Trump campaign is set to release a mid-eight-figure ad buy Tuesday touting the economy during President Trump’s first term after a recent emphasis on “law and order” messaging, saying the economy is the “defining issue” of the 2020 presidential race, Fox News has learned. A senior Trump campaign official told Fox News that the buy, worth more than $10 million, is an increase to the campaign’s existing television ad buy by more than 50%. The official told Fox News that the new round of ads will include one national cable buy, as well as local broadcast buys in eight key early voting states, adding a new ad presence in Arizona and Pennsylvania, while continuing ads in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The buy also includes the second congressional district in Nebraska, and the second congressional district in Maine, according to the official. The new ad buys in Arizona and Pennsylvania come just ahead of early voting in the states – with voters in Arizona beginning early voting on Oct. 7, and those in Pennsylvania on Oct. 19. The campaign is also expanding their urban radio efforts, and adding Pennsylvania to their existing radio presence. “This week’s advertising continues our strategic plan to follow the dates on the calendar, the states that are voting early, the data that always guides our decision-making and our pathway to 270,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told Fox News. But the content of the new ads will shift from the message of recent ad buys – painting the president as the “law and order” candidate – and resume its pitch of a strong economy under Trump. “We believe the economy, and who is best to handle the economy, is going to be the defining issue in this race,” the official said. “Voters know that President Trump built the world’s best economy once, and he’s already doing it a second time.”
“Biden proposes $5 trillion in new spending, undaunted by Trump’s massive deficits” by CNN’s Tami Luhby – The nation’s deficits and outlays have hit post-World War II highs thanks to tax cuts under President Donald Trump, but Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is proposing adding to that, at least in the near term, with a $5.4 trillion spending plan. The former vice president’s proposals include new investment in universal pre-K, tuition-free community college classes and clean energy — a slate that reflects priorities that emerged across the field in the Democratic primary. Though Biden’s proposals are far smaller than those offered by his progressive former rivals for the nomination, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, they still amount to the largest policy package in decades, according to an analysis released Monday by the Penn Wharton Budget Model.
It is more than twice the size of Hillary Clinton’s plan in 2016, though that doesn’t account for inflation or the pandemic. Penn Wharton found that Biden’s platform would raise $3.4 trillion in new tax revenue between fiscal 2021 and 2030 while increasing spending by $5.4 trillion. Almost 80% of the increase in taxes would hit the top 1% of earners. This would increase the federal debt by 0.1% and shrink the economy by 0.4% in 2030, after taking into account macroeconomics and Americans’ improved health effects. By 2050, however, the federal debt would fall by 6.1%, while the economy would increase by 0.8%. This is partly because some of Biden’s spending proposals ramp down after the first decade and partly because his package would increase worker productivity. Biden calls for spending $1.9 trillion on education over the decade, including universal pre-K, increased funding for schools with many low-income students and two years of tuition-free community college. He would shell out $1.6 trillion for infrastructure and research and development, including on water, high-speed rail and municipal transit and on clean energy and artificial intelligence.
“Biden Budget to Result in Highest Spending in Decades, Study Finds” by WSJ’s Jacob M. Schlesinger and Eliza Collins – Joe Biden won the Democratic presidential nomination running as a moderate, rejecting the big-government plans of progressive rivals as unaffordable. In the general election campaign, he has rolled out his own multitrillion-dollar platform that a new study finds would push long-term Washington spending to its highest level in decades. The former vice president has proposed a total of $5.4 trillion in new spending over the next 10 years, according to an analysis published Monday by the Penn Wharton Budget Model, a nonpartisan group at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. That includes historically high allocations for sectors from education and health to child care and housing. Mr. Biden’s proposed budget is more than double that of Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee. It is a fraction of the $30 trillion to $50 trillion spending plans that progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren laid out during the Democratic primary. But since effectively sealing the nomination in March, Mr. Biden’s plan has grown in response to the pandemic, the lockdowns, and the resulting recession. The plan also reflects a nod to Mr. Sanders, who has prodded Mr. Biden to move closer to his agenda to help solidify the support of the progressive wing. “I’ve talked to Joe on a number of occasions and I think he recognizes the suffering that is taking place out there right now,” says Mr. Sanders. “I believe he is prepared to respond to that pain once he’s elected president.” If enacted, the Biden budget would elevate federal spending to 24% of gross domestic product by 2030, according to the Wharton study. Outside the two big crisis-driven spending spikes—the budgets swollen by the 2009 financial crisis and the 2020 pandemic—that would be the biggest federal budget going back more than half a century, according to Wharton.
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