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This is Biden's America

 
 
edgarblythe
 
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Tue 19 Jul, 2022 03:29 pm
In the ’80s and ’90s, the Democrats took a jackhammer to education, housing, and social welfare. This isn’t the story of a weak party unable to defend its earlier gains, but a transformed party demolishing them in service of a new neoliberal ideology.
https://jacobin.com/2022/07/new-democrats-social-welfare-programs-dlc-left-behind


bulmabriefs144
 
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Tue 19 Jul, 2022 06:35 pm
@hightor,
For over 50 years, they screamed that the Earth would cool/warm/dry up/become ruined by acid rain/have freak storms/etc. At some point, they changed their minds so many times, that they realized that people would catch on if they said one year about global warming and switched to cooling, so they called it climate change. Brilliant! Now we can say climate change is whatever we want it to be! Hurricanes? Must be climate change! Earthquakes? Climate change! UFOs attack? Climate change! Cooling trend, warming trend, or a minor adjustment in weather? Climate change! Illegal immigration? ...Climate change.

"Environmentalists" have invariably damaged the environment more through their harebrained schemes in the last 100 years than literally 6000+ years of burning renewable and fossil fuels.
https://cei.org/opeds_articles/environmentalists-are-bad-for-the-environment/
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A few weeks ago, I was walking the streets of Washington, D.C. when I happened to look up and catch the eye of a red-faced young man wearing the two things which cause me dread — the naive optimism of youth and a shirt that read “Go Green!”

He had a clipboard, too. Never a good sign. Nor was he alone — his green-shirted cohorts swarmed the sidewalk, accosting every passersby whose attention they could capture with: “Do you have a moment for the environment?”

Fortunately, I speak fluent liberalese, so I understood this request to really mean, “Can I try and convince you the Earth is warming even as we stand here and shiver, and that you could do something to stop it by handing over money to a complete stranger on the street?”

Frankly, I was appalled by the obliviousness of these seemingly well-meaning do-gooders. Do they know how many trees died to produce the pamphlets and flyers they were distributing will-nilly?

To say nothing of the trash that gets left behind on a typical Earth Day parade.
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I will give the environmental movement credit for one thing that did actually help the Earth: In 1972, thanks to the tireless activism of the Environmental Defense Fund, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a ban on all domestic uses of the chemical pesticide DDT.

The result, as noted by the American Council on Science and Health:

“The banning of its domestic use led to its diminished production in the United States — and less availability of DDT for the developing world. The results were disastrous: at least 1-2 million people continue to die from malaria each year, 30-60 million or more lives needlessly lost since the ban took effect. This is especially tragic since there was hope of eradicating the disease altogether when DDT was first introduced and its potential was recognized.”

So thanks to the environmentalists who pushed for the DDT ban, there are millions of fewer people on the planet, and we all know how bad for the environment people are. Way to go green!


Feel free to be done with anyone you want to be done with.

But you're still wrong.
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bulmabriefs144
 
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Tue 19 Jul, 2022 06:38 pm
@izzythepush,
Dude, just own a cat.

Outside woke neighborhoods they do not require a leash, they don't tend to make a big mess in your house, and they don't need you to send the to training.
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hightor
 
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Tue 19 Jul, 2022 06:53 pm
@edgarblythe,
Largely true, but that was a different era – Democrats won elections because that was the mood of the country, post-Reagan; it's what people thought would work – what does it have to do with the situation today? No Democrats are advocating policies like that, not even Biden. Gungasnake used similar logic, incessantly pointing out that "Democrats" started the KKK. The name of the party stays the same, the political strategy is always in flux. Why does Sanders caucus with the Democrats? Show me the Republican policies of today that reflect our concerns. Name one sitting Republican who would support the kind of change we want.
edgarblythe
 
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Tue 19 Jul, 2022 07:09 pm
@hightor,
I can't speak for Sanders, but I suspect he sees it much as I do. The Democrats are the only organization big enough to bring democracy to this country. That's why we goad it to do the right thing. Progressive candidates push for policies that the public wants, but the party spends millions to deny them a place on the ballot. It's not ancient history that Clinton did the Republicans' work for them and transformed the Democratic Party to light Republican. Not ancient history that Obama and Biden wanted to cut Social Security and Biden is still working to cut it. Not ancient history that Schumer was fast tracking Trump's judges. Last week Biden wanted to nominate an anti abortion federal judge, but couldn't make it stick. Today's mainstream Democrats are not on the side of the working class. They have the rhetoric going but not the effort. Biden campaigned on passing the George Floyd act. Instead he increased money for police. He's fine with a policy that increases unemployment while driving down wages to fight inflation. It's an endless list -
edgarblythe
 
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Tue 19 Jul, 2022 11:01 pm
It's almost as if the Manchins are being rewarded by the administration.

Tracking Biden From The Left
@BidenTracking
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8h
Last year President Biden apportioned Gayle Manchin, wife of Joe Manchin, to head the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Since the appointment, she has directed millions of dollars in federal grants to projects tied to her personal investments.
edgarblythe
 
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Tue 19 Jul, 2022 11:18 pm
Warren Gunnels
@GunnelsWarren
· 3h
The Senate can't expand Medicare or Social Security. It can't raise the minimum wage. It can't combat climate change. It can't tax the rich. But it can provide a $76 billion blank check to the highly profitable micro-chip industry that shipped 150,000 jobs abroad with $0 offsets.
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bulmabriefs144
 
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Wed 20 Jul, 2022 12:42 am
@edgarblythe,
I suspect what is really going of with conservatives is that they are softcore anarchists. They don't WANT democracy.

They don't want the perks of government, they want to be left the hell alone. No taxes. No laws like having to pick up a dog's crap (that one sucks balls to the point where I go out of my way to find some remote area whenever big sis's dog comes over, just so I don't have to fuss with that literal ****). They don't think paying enormous property taxes or inheritance taxes is a sufficient tradeoff for things like roads and bridges, which could probably be privatized.
And from what they've seen of democracy, they haven't liked.

I looked at my state's results for 2020. It had five counties (districts? The terminology confuses me) that voted majority blue. Of these, one had a major population majority. One county... gets to decide the entire state. **** no that's unfair.
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/816868397836926996/999202254311669810/New_Bitmap_Image.png
(Winner take all especially bugs me because if one or two zones of 13 vote blue, it should be 1 or 2 zones of 13, not all thirteen when 13 didn't vote that way. And no, I am not in favor of abolishing the electoral college. These 13 votes should matter, but they can only matter if they are allowed to be portions based on what each zone wants, and that gets thwarted when Arlington is allowed to decide for Accomac, Northumberland, Amherst, Bristol...)

So yeah, you might be right that they are the only organization big enough to do so, but I think the majority of Republicans (who may or may not be population majority, but who do represent the majority of the countryside) would prefer to tell them to get lost and take their damned lobbyists with them.
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bulmabriefs144
 
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Wed 20 Jul, 2022 12:50 am
@edgarblythe,
I think they are.

I think most Democrats in power prefer the get-rich-quick schemes of Democrats like the Clintons to the harebrained socialism of Bernie and AOC.

If it doesn't pay well, they want to tamp it down.

I suspect Trump is right that America is unlikely to be a socialist country. It is unlikely because the conservatives are pretty vocal, and also because democrats tend to draw lines in the sand on certain things. Oh sure, they like free stuff, but they object to most of the downsides of woke socialism. Helping the environment? Sure. Giving up their car? Not so much.

Manchin represents a roadblock to the excesses of this, so some of the elites that want to keep their money probably secretly back him.
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izzythepush
 
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Wed 20 Jul, 2022 01:56 am
Acclaimed Iranian director, Jafar Panahi, winner of top prizes at the Berlin and Venice film festivals, who directed many films including, The Circle, The White Balloon, Crimson Gold, Taxi and This is not a Film, has been sentenced to six years in jail.

Now is a good time to round up all those dissenting voices, who are just mouthpieces for Crusader America and its Israeli colony.
Frank Apisa
 
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Wed 20 Jul, 2022 03:15 am
Just want to note that reading the brilliant commentary of Bulmabriefs and Edgarblythe helps make A2K as entertaining as any forum of the Internet. They are fast becoming two peas in a pod.
izzythepush
 
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Wed 20 Jul, 2022 05:15 am
@Frank Apisa,
Nobody could say the same of your dull, repetitive posts.

You're the only one who wastes your time talking to Bulma.

Edgar and I both have him on ignore.
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bulmabriefs144
 
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Wed 20 Jul, 2022 05:26 am
@Frank Apisa,
I dunno about that. Edgar doesn't remotely vote the same way, back when I voted.

Nice touch with the pea green text btw.

But more importantly, he's a leftist who is cynical about the future of democratic party. I'm a conservative anarchist, who thinks the whole thing is a sick sham.

Meanwhile, you agreeing with izzy is not something to pride yourself in. Izzy just spouts crap all day and has nothing productive to add.
bulmabriefs144
 
  -4  
Wed 20 Jul, 2022 05:30 am
@izzythepush,
And here izzy talks about arresting everyone who dissents.

Back when America was still a thing, you couldn't just arrest people for disagreeing. That's dictatorship level crap.

Is this what you wanr to associate yourself with, Frank?
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edgarblythe
 
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Wed 20 Jul, 2022 09:03 am

dilan
@dilanpcook
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Jul 18
so let me get this straight. progressives can’t vote progressively because they’ll lose their committee assignments but Manchin can supposedly tank “Biden’s agenda” and keep his committee assignment? is that right?
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Frank Apisa
 
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Wed 20 Jul, 2022 09:17 am
@bulmabriefs144,
bulmabriefs144 wrote:

I dunno about that. Edgar doesn't remotely vote the same way, back when I voted.

Nice touch with the pea green text btw.

But more importantly, he's a leftist who is cynical about the future of democratic party. I'm a conservative anarchist, who thinks the whole thing is a sick sham.

Meanwhile, you agreeing with izzy is not something to pride yourself in. Izzy just spouts crap all day and has nothing productive to add.



I have Izzy on IGNORE right now...so I have no idea of what you are talking about here. Izzy does not spout crap all day...and he often has productive comments to make. We just had an unreconcilable difference, and I decided IGNORE was the best bet.

In the meantime, you and Edgar seem to be of similar intelligence and attitude...which is all I was saying.
edgarblythe
 
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Thu 21 Jul, 2022 09:50 am
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hightor
 
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Thu 21 Jul, 2022 10:18 am
Joe Manchin as Alibi

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Devil Incarnate

Certain things we can stipulate: 1) That the senator from West Virginia is corrupt and a liar. He makes no bones about voting to support the industry that gave him his fortune; and he has broken multiple promises to his colleagues that he would, in the end, support Biden’s signature initiative, Build Back Better. 2) That Manchin’s refusal to support any climate change legislation in BBB is the height of irresponsibility.

But is he the devil incarnate? “It seems odd,” says Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff and Obama whisperer John Podesta, “that Manchin would choose as his legacy to be the one man who single-handedly doomed humanity.” Sunrise Movement Executive Director Varshini Prakash writes: “This is nothing short of a death sentence.” Jamal Raad, executive director of Evergreen Action says: “He talked about his grandchildren. It turns out that’s all bullshit.” “Manchin is a modern-day villain,” says Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann, “who…is willing to see the world burn as long as it benefits his near-term investment portfolio.” “Mr. Manchin’s grandchildren” writes U.C Santa Barbara Professor Leah Stoke in the NYTimes, “will grow up knowing that his legacy is climate destruction.” Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon said: “This is our last chance to prevent the most catastrophic…effects of climate change.”

Manchin isn’t Satan – he’s an alibi. The Democrats, along with the big environmental NGOs and research universities have all done a terrible job of fighting climate change, raking in donations but failing to pass legislation or mobilize the public. In 1997, the Senate rejected the Kyoto Climate Accord by a vote of 95-0 because the deal wasn’t tough enough on China – an instance of cutting off your nose to spite your face. In 2010, Congressional Democrats, despite a supermajority, failed to pass a cap-and-trade program to curb the release of greenhouse gases. It was a weak bill, but it would at least have begun to put a price on CO2. And in 2021, they passed an infrastructure bill – big on bridges, highways, airports, and logging – that will arguably make global warming worse.

Environmental non-profits and university research centers have hardly performed better. The former’s embrace of carbon offsets is literally a scandal – The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental organization, is a case in point. And the public messaging of the big non-profits and university research centers has been pathetic. I remember attending an American Geophysical Union annual conference in Washington D.C. a few years ago and hearing academic and NGO panelist after panelist saying how important it was not to frighten the public about climate change. In the meantime, Republicans and conservative Democrats used the politics of fear to prevent any meaningful action on the environment — and they still do.

Less bellyachin’ more regulatin’

The catastrophe Senator Wyden prophesies was in the works long before the current Congressional impasse and Sen. Manchin’s treachery. In 1960, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere was 320 ppm; it is now approaching 420 ppm and the rate of increase continues to accelerate. The last time the total, global concentration of CO2 was this high was 3 million years ago when the global temperature was 4 degrees Celsius warmer and ocean levels as much as 80 feet higher. The reason temperatures and sea level haven’t risen faster is that the oceans absorb a great deal of the added heat. But that’s only temporary. Our planet is now 1.2 degrees hotter than it was in pre-industrial times. Scientists from the IPCC predict that global temperatures will rise above the dangerous threshold of 1.5 degrees and possibly as high as 2.0 degrees within the next two decades “unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” There are currently no prospects for changes of that magnitude. “Catastrophic” climate change is now baked into our future – the only question is how catastrophic.

The U.S., by far the leading emitter of CO2 per capita, continues to lead by bad example. Last year, its rate of carbon emissions was 6.2% higher than 2020. The trends for this year are no better and the future is an open question. Manchin’s rejection of Build Back Better clearly hurts, but it’s unclear how much. The bill’s $300 billion in price incentives and tax breaks — to boost sales of electric cars and subsidize solar power and other renewables — was to be spent over 10 years. Although that’s not a trivial amount of money, it isn’t nearly enough to launch even a modest Green New Deal. Bernie’s Sanders version cost $16 trillion over 15 years. With all that off the table, the question becomes: What can Biden, the EPA and the Congress do right now to begin to tackle the escalating catastrophe of global warming?

To help answer that question, I contacted Stan Meiburg, the former Acting Deputy Administrator of EPA (2014-17), currently Director of Graduate Studies in Sustainability at Wake Forest University, and an advisor to the Environmental Protection Network. We talked for about an hour last week, mostly about the Supreme Court’s recent decision limiting EPA’s discretion in regulating the emission of greenhouse gases from coal-burning power plants. Stan is a walking encyclopedia of EPA history and administrative procedure and no radical. You can take his advice to the bank. Here are my conclusions based upon our discussion: 1) Congress is pretty much a lost cause. No Republican will support rescinding the filibuster to pass any Democratic climate change legislation, and Manchin will always vote with the Republicans. 2) The ruling in W. VA v. EPA, as bad as it was, is moot. Total emissions from coal fired plants is already lower than the threshold set by Obama’s Clean Power Rule rejected (prospectively) by the court. 3) EPA and Biden still have considerable leeway to act.

That last is what caught my attention, and with thanks to Stan – but taking sole responsibility for errors of fact or interpretation – I offer the following five modest proposals:

• 1) The EPA should set ambitious greenhouse gas standards for new, natural-gas powered electricity generation. After that, it can establish equally stringent standards for existing gas-powered plants. The reason this is so important is that natural gas (methane) continues to replace coal. While it burns cleaner, a lot of it leaks into the atmosphere during extraction and transportation. And since methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, its impact on global temperature rise is just as bad as coal’s, maybe worse!

• 2) The EPA should also begin to regulate greenhouse gases emitted by the U.S. industrial sector. American industry is responsible for 24% of greenhouse gas emissions, about the same as electricity generation. Some of President Biden’s recent executive actions call for increased rule-making in this domain, but few rules have actually been issued. The Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v EPA affirmed the right of the agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, a position affirmed in the recent W. VA v. EPA. The EPA should act on this now!

• 3) The U.S. agricultural sector is responsible for about 11% of greenhouse gas emissions. The number dipped below 10% in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic but increased again last year with the continued growth of animal agriculture. This pollution is regulated neither by the EPA nor the USDA. So-called “incentives” to reduce greenhouse gases are nothing more than giveaways and tax breaks for the largest agricultural corporations. It’s time to regulate them. Damn Cargill, ADM, and DuPont!

• 4) Biden’s EPA should strengthen rules for automotive tailpipe emissions beyond already announced standards. Car, truck, and bus fleets account for a greater share of greenhouse gas emissions than industry or electrical generation, and yet miles-per-gallon requirements are little changed from when Obama was president. The new standards should be at least as stringent as those announced by Gov. Gavin Newsome of California, which mandate 35% of new passenger vehicle to be powered by batteries or hydrogen by 2026, and 100% to be zero emission by 2035.

• 5) In the vain hope of getting Manchin’s vote on BBB, Biden granted multiple new leases for oil and gas drilling on federal lands and offshore, breaking a campaign promise. Earlier this month, he proposed additional offshore oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Cook Inlet. These plans should be immediately shelved. Biden should also deny approval of the Line 5 Tar-Sands Pipeline through the lands of the Anishinaabe people and their sacred Manoomin (wild rice) wetlands. The pipeline carries the same dirty oil as the Keystone XL pipeline blocked by Obama in 2015. Biden previously approved the Line 3 Pipeline despite massive indigenous protests and international condemnation.

Not Manchin, the other Joe


Paralysis in the face of the greatest calamity the world has ever known is a shocking indictment of U.S. capitalist democracy. The richest country in the world – one that spends about a trillion dollars on defense and security every year — is apparently incapable of adjusting its political and economic order sufficient to head off the end of human civilization. The answer to the climate and wider environmental crisis is not obscure – stop burning fossil fuels. But since the correlate of that solution is establishment of a regulatory capitalism (or democratic socialism) distant from the current neo-liberal order, the captains of industry and their congressional, executive, and judicial branch allies answer NO! The fossil fuel magnates and their friends in the home building, automotive, aerospace, defense, and chemical industries would literally rather be dead – or murder their grandchildren — than strand their assets. Capitalist democracy today is a death cult.

Clearly then, the failure to address climate change cannot be laid at the feet of the coal-baron senator from West Virginia, a state with a population smaller than Latvia’s. He may be a heartless and corrupt bastard, but he’s hardly the only one. Nor is it the fault of Joe Biden, weak political vessel though he is. But the president could take steps tomorrow that would significantly slow global warming while at the same time improving his dismal standing in the polls. In addition to the actions outlined above, he could boldly declare a “climate emergency,” restricting international trade in fossil fuel, enabling emergency investments in green jobs and technology; and enhancing climate change mitigation and adaptation across the country.

I’m not frankly optimistic. But sometimes self-interest and political right coincide, and this might be one of those occasions. With enough popular protest and congressional prodding, the U.S. president could wind up doing the right thing — having tried everything else.

counterpunch
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bulmabriefs144
 
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Thu 21 Jul, 2022 12:08 pm
@Frank Apisa,
You and me both. I just put izzy on ignore after he was being a real prick about Israel having its own land.
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edgarblythe
 
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Fri 22 Jul, 2022 07:35 am
Gabbard says 'system is rigged' after public conjecture over Paul Pelosi stock buy
Headline I saw this morning.
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