Tag: Joe Biden

Joe Biden Is Following a Blueprint for Forever War

By Danny Sjursen

Read the full article from In These Times here.

“The campaign will do little to further the United States’ objectives in the Middle East (in as much as they can even be articulated at this point), but it heralds something more dispiriting still: That nearly two decades into a regional war, Washington (perhaps willfully) does not understand the Syria-Iraq-Iran nexus, and that the Biden administration is following a failed blueprint in the Middle East…”

Warren bill would impose wealth tax on $50M households

By Naomi Jagoda

Read the full article from The Hill, here.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday unveiled legislation to create a wealth tax for high-net-worth households, furthering her efforts on an idea that was a central feature of her 2020 presidential campaign. The bill, called the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act, would create an annual tax of 2 percent on the net worth of households and trusts between $50 million and $1 billion and a tax of 3 percent on net worth above $1 billion. The rate for net worth above $1 billion would increase to 6 percent if a “Medicare for All” health care plan is enacted.

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Biden is already backtracking on his promises to provide student debt relief

By Astra Taylor

Read the full article from The Guardian, here.

At his recent town hall, Joe Biden made a series of convoluted and condescending comments about American student debt. His remarks cast doubt on his ability, or willingness, to confront this country’s ballooning student loan crisis. Within hours, #cancelstudentdebt was trending on Twitter.

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Could Biden’s Climate Policy Invite More Militarism?

By Ashik Siddique

Read the full article from In These Times here.

“Climate change will impact every aspect of society, so it’s long overdue to factor the crisis into all aspects of government policy. But it’s important to ask on what terms the climate crisis is being integrated into the mission of different agencies. Most fundamentally, what kind of ​’security’ is most useful against the climate crisis: mutual security, which promotes cooperation against a common planetary threat? Or a fortress mentality that defines others as threats, to be dominated or even eliminated?”

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Merrick Garland vows to target white supremacists as attorney general

By Martin Pengelly

Read the full article from The Guardian here.

“The pledge was contained in Garland’s opening testimony for the session before the Senate judiciary committee, released on Saturday night. ‘If confirmed,’ Garland said, ‘I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on 6 January – a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.'”

Convicted or not, Trump is history – it’s Biden who’s changing America

by Robert Reich

Read the full article from The Guardian here.

“Democratic presidents from Franklin D Roosevelt to Lyndon Johnson sought to alleviate poverty and economic insecurity with broad-based relief. But after Reagan tied public assistance to racism – deriding single-mother “welfare queens” – conservatives began demanding stringent work requirements so that only the “truly deserving” received help. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama acquiesced to this nonsense. Not Biden. His proposal would not only expand jobless benefits but also provide assistance to parents who are not working, thereby extending relief to 27 million children, including about half of all Black and Latino children.”

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