Joe Biden: The Not-So-Helpful Nominee

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Biden’s socialist platform will hurt State Democrats everywhere

WASHINGTON – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today released its latest web advertisement spotlighting what state Democrats across the country have to look forward to when campaigning returns to normal: presumptive nominee Joe Biden’s fumbling, bumbling trail of confusion. Can you sense state Democrats’ excitement?

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“Joe Biden might not remember where he is or what he’s talking about, but no level of confusion will hide his reckless agenda,” said RSLC Press Secretary Lenze Morris. “He may have masqueraded through the primary as a so-called moderate, but his record and his campaign platform confirm he’s as far left as it gets. Even Barack Obama said Joe’s agenda is ‘the most progressive platform of any major party nominee in history.’ 

“State Democrats are living a dream right now: Joe Biden is locked in his basement, far away from campaigning in their state. But as soon as Biden hits the trail again, Democrats in key states like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Michigan are going to have to answer for their party’s socialist agenda that raises taxes on the middle class, kills jobs, destroys private health insurance, and weakens our borders. Unfortunately for state Democrats, no level of confusion from Joe Biden can hide their leftward march.” 

With Biden running on “the most progressive platform of any major party nominee in history,” Republicans have a clear path to victory in legislatures and state offices across the country. 

Here are just a few policies in Joe Biden’s dangerous agenda:

Taxes 

 Biden wants to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. BIDEN: “What I’d be focusing on is eliminating the $1.9 trillion tax cut that he passed.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNyvoWfa-v0  

Biden supports raising the income tax and capital gains tax. “The 2020 front-runner is proposing to raise the top individual income tax rate to 39.6 percent, which is where the top rate was set before President Trump’s tax-cut law was enacted. The top individual rate is currently 37 percent. Additionally, Biden is proposing to increase taxes on wealthy people’s capital gains, which people pay when they sell investments. The top rate on long-term capital gains is currently 20 percent, and Biden is proposing to roughly double that for those making over $1 million. Biden’s campaign also said that his ‘capital gains reform will close the loopholes that allow the super wealthy to avoid taxes on capital gains altogether.’” https://thehill.com/policy/finance/453110-biden-proposes-tax-increases-for-wealthy-as-part-of-health-care-plan 

Biden plans on raising taxes by $4 trillion. “Former Vice President Joe Biden’s plan to raise taxes on corporations and wealthy households would increase federal revenue by $4 trillion over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.” https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/05/joe-biden-would-significantly-increase-investors-taxes-if-elected.html 

Health Care 

Biden supports a public option for health care with a $750 billion price tag. “Biden’s health care plan is designed to build on ObamaCare and create a public option. Campaign officials told news outlets on Sunday that the plan is estimated to cost about $750 billion over a decade, and that Biden is calling for several tax changes to offset the cost.” https://thehill.com/policy/finance/453110-biden-proposes-tax-increases-for-wealthy-as-part-of-health-care-plan  

Biden’s public option would allow people to buy into Medicare. “Biden, who declared his White House bid last week, also endorsed what’s known as a public option to buy into Medicare — different than the so-called Medicare for All proposal favored by another White House hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders.”https://www.marketwatch.com/story/biden-calls-for-15-minimum-wage-public-option-health-plan-in-first-campaign-speech-2019-04-29 

Biden said everyone is entitled to Medicaid. “I think everyone is entitled to have total healthcare and what I would do is make sure that every single person, as I propose, every single person in the United States has access to Medicaid right off the bat.” https://americarisingpac.org/joe-biden-calls-for-universal-medicaid/  

Immigration  

Biden called the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants under the Obama Administration a “mistake.” “2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden conceded it was a ‘mistake’ that millions of people were deported from the United States under the Obama administration. Biden, 77, addressed the frequently used criticism of his time as vice president during an interview with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on Friday. He called the 3 million deportations that took place under the previous administration ‘a big mistake’ and added that ‘we took too long to get it right.’” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/biden-3-million-deportations-under-obama-were-a-mistake 

Biden supports government healthcare for illegal immigrants. “MSNBC Democratic presidential primary debate co-moderator Savannah Guthrie asked the candidates to raise their hand if their healthcare plan would cover undocumented immigrants. President Donald Trump reacted on Twitter, calling it ‘the end of that race.’ ‘This is a show of hands question and hold them up so people can see. Raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants,’ Guthrie said to the candidates Thursday night. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Marianne Williamson, John Hickenlooper, and Eric Swalwell all raised their hand.”https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/06/27/all_dem_candidates_raise_hand_when_asked_if_illegal_immigrants_should_get_health_care_coverage_at_debate.html 

VIDEO: Biden supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and would not deport anyone in his first 100 days. BIDEN: “What I will send to the desk immediately a bill that requires access to citizenship for 11 million undocumented folks number one. Number two in the first 100 days of my administration, no one, no one will be deported at all. From that point on the only deportations that will take place are commissions of felonies in the United States of America.”https://twitter.com/RNCResearch/status/1239364555953799174 

VIDEO: Biden said the only reason an illegal immigrant could be deported is if they committed a felony in the United States. BIDEN: “The only rational for deportation will be whether or not whether or not you have committed a felony while in the county.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJkLsIj2MDo 

Environment 

Biden said he is willing to sacrifice thousands of jobs in energy exploration to fight climate change. “Former Vice President Joe Biden made clear at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate that he’d sacrifice economic growth due to a boom in oil and natural gas production and potentially risk displacing hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in order to combat climate change. Moderator Tim Alberta asked: ‘Three consecutive American presidents have enjoyed stints of explosive economic growth due to a boom in oil and natural gas production. As president, would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transitioning to that greener economy?’ ‘The answer is yes,’ the former vice president said.”https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-jobs-energy-climate 

Biden’s climate plan comes with a $1.7 trillion price tag. “There’s also a wide disparity between Biden and Clinton’s climate change plans. Clinton proposed spending $60 billion on clean-energy fund as part of an attempt to make the U.S. 80% carbon-free by 2050; Biden wants to spend $1.7 trillion in federal money to make the country emit a net of zero carbon emissions by 2050.” https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/campaigns/article234890482.html 

Biden opposes allowing new fracking sites to open. “It is insane we continue to have fracking in America,’ Sanders said. In response, Biden muttered, ‘No new fracking,’ without additional context. While it was initially unclear if the one-line statement represented an intentional policy shift, the Biden campaign told reporters after the debate that he was restating his existing policy pledge to block new oil and gas drilling on public lands.” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/joe-biden-says-no-new-fracking-for-oil-and-gas 

VIDEO: Biden supports banning oil drilling. “No more drilling on federal land. No more drilling including off shore. No ability for the oil industry to drill period.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viAXGth3gQA&feature=youtu.be 

Biden website says he is for banning drilling on public lands and makes no reference to banning drilling on private land. “Protecting America’s natural treasures by permanently protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other areas impacted by President Trump’s attack on federal lands and waters, establishing national parks and monuments that reflect America’s natural heritage, 

banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters, modifying royalties to account for climate costs, and establishing targeted programs to enhance reforestation and develop renewables on federal lands and waters with the goal of doubling offshore wind by 2030.” https://joebiden.com/climate/ 

Biden said “I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuel.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Slszva6kk90 

Biden supports a carbon tax. “But the Democrats may be getting overconfident. At last week’s “climate town hall” on CNN, Senator Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg all endorsed a carbon tax. … When asked about carbon taxes, Warren and Biden didn’t say they would have a rebate.”https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-09-08/democrats-think-climate-change-is-a-winning-issue-think-again 

Other Radical Policies 

 Biden came out in favor of free college for children from families making less than $125,000 a year. “First: Bernie has put forward a plan that would make public colleges and universities free for families whose income is below $125,000. It’s a good idea, and after consideration, I am proud to add it to my platform” https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1239280176594288643 

Biden previously called for free college but did not include such a plan in his platform until March 2020. “Back in 2015, Biden declared: ‘We need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all our children.’ Now, Biden opposes his own plan.” https://truthout.org/articles/bidens-flip-flop-on-free-higher-education-exposes-his-hypocrisy/ 

In sum, when he comes to campaign for state Democrats this fall, Biden will be pushing a policy agenda that is even more liberal than Hillary Clinton’s. “From health care to climate change to criminal justice, Biden has proposed ideas more ambitious and liberal than policies supported by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign, a McClatchy review of the candidates’ platforms found.” https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/campaigns/article234890482.html

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