Some posting here would tell you that there’s no meaningful difference between a Biden-led government and what passes for government under Trump. That’s nonsense, plain and simple, a fact no better demonstrated than by this article or just about any other published on Common Dreams.
Yes, Biden and the unDemocratic Party are bad for the country. No, they will not responsibly address the most serious crises we face, true crises such as climate change, healthcare, income inequality and social injustice. No, what they offer is not acceptable and they are not deserving of our votes in anything like normal times.
But as is made clear with each passing hour, each breaking news story, each article on Common Dreams, these are not normal times. Just as clearly, the country is on the brink of frank fascism and autocratic rule. If Trump remains in power, that is exactly where the country is going and it will happen at warp speed. Trump will be unbound by convention or by law. He will be unstoppable and all the ugly creatures who have come out into the light, emboldened by his presidency, will be let off leash to flaunt their profound ignorance and act on their most despicable bigotries. Kidnapping a state governor at gunpoint, you betcha! Burning a synagogue and desecrating a Jewish cemetery, just out for a little fun. All with the blessing of Dear Leader.
It doesn’t matter that Biden and his ilk own part of the blame for Trumpism. It doesn’t matter that they are corrupt. What matters is that they are do not represent the profound ugliness and immediate danger of Trump. The hard fact is that the unDems are all that stands between what we have at the moment, a government largely corrupted by big money but still having some semblances of a democracy, and a deep darkness. If we don’t want the country plunged into that darkness in short order, we must vote out Trumpism. The only way to accomplish that is to vote for Biden/Harris. If you value the opportunity to read the articles posted on Common Dreams and the privilege to engage others on this forum, think about what’s going to happen with another term of Trump and his cronies.
NEJM and ANTIFA both share the letter “N”? Do you think that’s a coincidence?!? Q knows that all MDs are socialists! This just shows that American doctors are out to get Trump cuz they hate that he knows more about covid than they do.
There is this link and the 100 items below Maybe it will help the fence sitters. ~https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbva38xskIc&feature=youtu.be
Here’s the positive stuff: I’ve heard from people that want a reason to vote FOR Biden beyond that he’s not Trump. Okay, I respect that, so someone went on his website, poured through his policies, and came up with 100 reasons to vote for #JoeBiden that don’t mention Trump.
1.) $15.00 federal minimum wage
2.) Reinstate DACA – allowing new applicants to apply
3.) 12 Weeks federal paid family leave
4.) Universal Pre-Kindergarten/Childcare for ages 3 and 4
5.) Tuition free college for those with household income less than $125,000.00
6.) Allow student loans to be relieved in bankruptcy
7.) LGBTQ+ Equality Act in the first 100 days in office
8.) Rejoin the Paris Climate Accords
9.) Decriminalize cannabis use and expunge convictions
10.) Eliminate cash bail system
11.) Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences
12.) Outlaw all online firearm and munition sales
13.) Restore the voting rights act
14.) Create a new $20 billion competitive grant program to spur states to shift from incarceration to prevention.
15.) He’ll triple funding for Title I Programs
16.) Appoint the first Black Woman to the Supreme Court of the United States
17.) Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
18.) Ensure the US achieves a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050
19.) Protecting Biodiversity, slowing extinction rates and helping leverage natural climate solutions
20.) Develop a plan to ensure that America has the cleanest, safest and fastest rail system in the world, for both passengers and freight
21.) Expand the safety net for survivors
22.) Confront online harassment, abuse and stalking
23.) End the rape kit backlog
24.) Address the deadly combination of guns and domestic violence
25.) Change the culture that enables domestic violence
26.) Support the diverse needs of survivors of violence against women
27.) Protect and empower immigrant women
28.) Lead the global effort to end gender-based violence
29.) End capital punishment
30.) End federal private prisons
31.) End all incarceration for drug use alone and divert individuals to drug courts and treatment
32.) Invest in public defenders’ offices to ensure defendants’ access to quality counsel
33.) Expand and use the power of the US Justice Department to address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices
34.) Reform qualified immunity for officers
35.) Ban choke-holds/neck restraints by police
36.) Launch a national police oversight commission
37.) Stop transferring weapons of war to police force
38.) Free access to testing for all with national testing board
39.) Double drive through testing sites
40.) 100,000 contact tracing workforce
41.) Guarantee first responders have priority access to PPE
42.) Emergency paid leave for anyone who gets COVID or needs to take care of a loved one
43.) Free housing for health care workers to quarantine
44.) Ramp up large scale manufacturing of as many vaccine candidates as necessary
45.) Nationwide vaccination campaign to guarantee fair distribution
46.) Ask every American to wear a mask
47.) End the mismanagement of the asylum system, which fuels violence and chaos at the border
48.) Surge humanitarian resources to the border and foster public-private initiatives
49.) End prolonged detention and reinvest in a case management program
50.) Rescind the un-American travel and refugee bans, also referred to as “Muslim bans.”
51.) Order an immediate review of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for vulnerable populations who cannot find safety in their countries ripped apart by violence or disaster
52.) Ensure that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel abide by professional standards and are held accountable for inhumane treatment.
53.) Revitalize the Task Force on New Americans and boost our economy by prioritizing integration, promoting immigrant entrepreneurship, increasing access to language instruction, and promoting civil engagement.
54.) Convene a regional meeting of leaders, including from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Canada, to address the factors driving migration and to propose a regional resettlement solution
55.) Raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent.
56.) Requiring a true minimum tax on ALL foreign earnings of United States companies located overseas so that we do our part to put an end to the global race to the bottom that rewards global tax havens. This will be 21% — TWICE the rate of the Trump offshoring tax rate and will apply to all income.
57.) Imposing a tax penalty on corporations that ship jobs overseas in order to sell products back to America.
58.) Imposing a 15% minimum tax on book income so that no corporation gets away with paying no taxes.
59.) Raising the top individual income rate back to 39.6 percent.
60.) Asking those making more than $1 million to pay the same rate on investment income that they do on their wages.
61.) Tackle the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
62.) Ensure tribal nations will have a strong voice and role in the federal government
63.) Restore Tribal lands and safeguard natural and cultural resources
64.) Joe will dramatically increase funding for both public schools and Bureau of Indian Education schools.
65.) Invest $70 billion in Tribal Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions.
66.) Ensure full inclusion of people with disabilities in policy development and aggressively enforce the civil rights of people with disabilities.
67.) Guarantee access to high-quality, affordable health care, including mental health care, and expand access to home and community-based services and long-term services and supports in the most integrated setting appropriate to each person’s needs and based on self-determination.
68.) Expand competitive, integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
69.) Protect and strengthen economic security for people with disabilities.
70.) Ensure that students with disabilities have access to educational programs and support they need to succeed, from early interventions to post-secondary education.
71.) Expand access to accessible, integrated, and affordable housing, transportation, and assistive technologies and protect people with disabilities in emergencies.
72.) Advance global disability rights
73.) Double the number of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals in our schools so our kids get the mental health care they need
74.) Invest in our schools to eliminate the funding gap between white and non-white districts, and rich and poor districts
75.) Improve teacher diversity
76.) Support our educators by giving them the pay and dignity they deserve.
77.) Invest in resources for our schools so students grow into physically and emotionally healthy adults, and educators can focus on teaching.
78.) Ensure that no child’s future is determined by their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability.
79.) Provide every middle and high school student a path to a successful career.
80.) Start investing in our children at birth.
81.) Double funding for the State Small Business Credit Initiative.
82.) Expand the New Markets Tax Credit, make the program permanent, and double Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) funding
83.) Improve and expand the Small Business Administration programs that most effectively support African American-owned businesses.
84.) Increase funding for the Minority Business Development Agency budget.
85.) Make sure economic relief because of COVID-19 reaches the African American businesses that need it most
86.) Reserve half of all the new PPP funds for small businesses with 50 employees or less
87.) Help families buy their first homes and build wealth by creating a new refundable, advanceable tax credit of up to $15,000
88.) Protect homeowners and renters from abusive lenders and landlords through a new Homeowner and Renter Bill of Rights.
89.) Establishing a $100 billion Affordable Housing Fund to construct and upgrade affordable housing
90.) Fully implement Congressman Clyburn’s 10-20-30 Plan to help all individuals living in persistently impoverished communities
91.) Expand access to $100 billion in low-interest business loans by funding state, local, tribal, and non-profit lending programs in Latino communities and other communities of color and strengthening Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs
92.) Expand broadband access to every American.
93.) Protect and build on the Affordable Care Act to improve access to quality health care in rural communities.
94.) Expand access to high-quality education in rural schools.
95.) Transform our crumbling transportation infrastructure – including roads and bridges, rail, aviation, ports, and inland waterways.
96.) Expand bio-based manufacturing to bring cutting-edge manufacturing jobs back to rural America.
97.) Strengthen antitrust enforcement
98.) Introduce a constitutional amendment to entirely eliminate private dollars from our federal elections
99.) End dark money groups
100.) Ban corporate PAC contributions to candidates, and prohibit lobbyist contributions to those who they lobby
Thanks for the laugh.
Trumpytardo, is that you???
Beyond this, trump must be held accountable for the death and permanent disabilities he alone has created.
The biggest reason may be that we don’t ever want this phony leadership farce to happen again. Ever.
Dammit: another Q to confuse matters, as if we didn’t have enough of 'em already. As an occasional student of scripture, to me Q is the sayings gospel, now lost, which was available to the authors of Matthew and Luke, but not to the author of Mark. Literary archeology is, like, the coolest part of all that theological nonsense. You don’t have to endorse the gospel/myth to take an interest in how common cultural notions arise.
Where was I? Research doctors – the kind of folks building edifices of wisdom like NEJM – are the salt of the salt of the Earth, imho. A pretty good old friend of mine is an HIV authority – that kind of pursuit is no way to get rich. It’s hard to attract people to careers in research medicine.
Minimum Daily Requirements—aka necessary but not sufficient . . .
Thanks for posting (and to compiler).
USA’s COVID trajectory looks more like a serious bounce today, (according to CDC):
On Oct 7, with cumulative cases topping 7.5 million, daily new cases is the highest since Aug 15, and the seven-day average highest since Aug 21. Since rebounds started surfacing in Spain – now all over Europe – I’ve been dreading a revisitation. So far the mutant strains arising appear to have more contagious strategies, without necessarily being more virulent – or so I’ve heard. At any rate, fresh strains boomerang back across the ocean, in the continuing absence of any public health skillfulness or care, and now even the original epicenter in NYC is resurging. Look out, folks, this could be a nasty spell, dead ahead.
A brief history of USA COVID-19 cases (latest CDC numbers):
> WEEK 35 DAYS CASES > ENDING NEW TOTAL > > 5. 02/05/2020 11 11 > 10. 03/11/2020 1,204 1,215 > 15. 04/15/2020 631,333 632,548 > 20. 05/20/2020 918,547 1,551,095 > 25. 06/24/2020 823,187 2,374,282 > 30. 07/29/2020 2,031,650 4,405,932 > 35. 09/02/2020 1,681,471 6,087,403 > 40. 10/07/2020 1,440,910 7,528,313
Incidentally – on Oct 6, Washington DC had the highest daily new cases since June 3. The DC outbreak is uniquely primed to metastasize all over the country, now that we have so many mucked mucketies flying all over on airplanes.
Poor, poor Donny. He comes out berating everybody and everything every day, not realizing we know he is a POS. Claiming that it is the others that are the POS. Such boorish behavior not seen in such regalia for some time.
Same trump, different day.
Of course he can’t admit that Pence kept lying through dirty rotten green slimy teeth at every turn last night, so he charges Harris as the liar. What a mealy mouthed SMALL person you are trump.
In Vietnam it was north VS south. In America it has been the north against the south (so-to-speak) since slavery was adopted.
Vietnam is one country now after retraining the minds of it’s people. Do we need some of that today?