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The Flight of Moloch - by William Blake
Shooting down the popular proposal to eliminate $50,000 (and more) in student debt, Biden said, unequivocally, "I will not make that happen," emphasizing the word, "not," after assuming his tough-guy pose at the choreographed forum, (NBC News).
This wasn't really a townhall. Questions submitted by the invite-only audience were screened and approved before attendees were allowed to read their questions out loud.
This is classic Biden though: Boasting his antipathy to popular programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and now student loan forgiveness that actually help working-class families.
Biden loves to highlight positions that directly inflict harm onto people — building more prisons, longer sentences, more police, escalation of the War on Drugs, war against Iraq, and dark people, and his longstanding distaste for social earned insurance. He thinks this makes him tough and decisive.
There were no follow-up questions on the total student loan forgiveness question.
But Biden did manage to renew concern about his cognitive decline after he falsely concluded that he has the authority to forgive $10,000 in student debt, but does have not the "authority" to forgive $50,000 in student debt, (NBC News).
Meanwhile, rightwing Democratic Party interest groups and donors are reportedly conducting an autopsy that will reach the predetermined conclusion that the Democratic Party needs to become more rightwing, more beholden to special-interest donors and more like Joe Biden, (Burns, New York Times).
Reports Alexander Burns in the Times:
Four major groups are backing the effort, spanning a range of Democratic-leaning interests: Third Way, a centrist think tank; End Citizens United, a clean-government group; the Latino Victory Fund; and Collective PAC, an organization that supports Black Democratic candidates.
Actually, the range of Democratic-leaning interests is not well-represented in this sham autopsy, and progressives are being shut out in this effort, as well, of course, in administration appointments.
Other groups working with the big-money corporatists include the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition, reports Burns.
These Democratic groups are stacked with more corporatist with the Congressional Black Caucus leading the charge to destroy black, brown and white working-class lives for the glory of being part of the corporatist coalition working against progressive and populists.
Henry Barbour, a member of the Republican National Committee, agrees with the Democratic corporatists' criticism of progressives who Barbour and rightwing Dems say are running too far to the "left."
To be clear, the left, progressive platform the Republican National Committee and Democrats hate includes the $15 minimum wage, social insurance, healthcare, defense of black lives, and a reduction in the obscene defense budget, among other popular policy positions.
America is 22 months from the mid-terms, and if Biden and the Dems make good on their aspiration to become functional Republicans, there will be electoral blood that will make Dems long for 1994 and 2020.