Former Vice President Joe Biden breathed new life into his presidential campaign by taking 10 out of the 14 states up for grabs at last week's Super Tuesday primaries, and became the delegate count leader in the process.
This brought the Democratic field of frontrunners down to Sen. "Bolshevik Bernie" Sanders, a Vermont independent and self-described democratic socialist, and "Sleepy Joe" Biden, who's considered a moderate.
But he's not the moderate he claims to be, or what his party says he is — beginning with:
"Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face," according to his proposal. "It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan: (1) the United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected."
Bloomberg reported that the Green New Deal, if fully implemented, could carry with it a $93 trillion price tag over a 10-year period.
The United States budget anticipates revenues of $3.7 trillion in 2020. Where's the money going to come from? In addition, the United States is already doing its part.
The International Energy Agency, a Paris-based intergovernmental organization, reported earlier this year that "The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis."
Biden supports going back to the Affordable Care Act, stating, "I believe we have to protect and build on Obamacare."
Although Obamacare isn't technically a single-payer plan like Medicare for All, it was meant to transition into single-payer, and Biden proposes the first step to take us there.
"That's why I proposed adding a public option to Obamacare as the best way to lower costs and cover everyone," he continued.
Economists and medical professionals generally agree that a single-payer plan would increase costs and ration health care. Like other liberal politicians, Biden confuses health insurance with health care.
Working Americans generally get health insurance through their employer. Retirees and the disabled have Medicare. The poor are covered through Medicaid. And as a last resort, anyone suffering from a serious condition can, by law, receive treatment from nearly any hospital.
Biden proposes to tax the wealthy in order to fund his health care plan. He would nearly double the long-term capital gains tax on investments from 20 percent to 39.6 percent, which would make it nearly impossible for parents to pass family businesses, including farms, to their children. They'd be forced to sell the business in order to pay the taxes.
"The Biden Plan will make health care a right by getting rid of capital gains tax loopholes for the super wealthy," Biden's 2020 campaign said in an outline of the plan.
But a 20 percent tax on long-term capital gains isn't a "loophole" — it's a tax rate, and, like any other tax, it's taking money from those who earned it to give to those who didn't.
In addition, Biden claims that he can pay for his modified Green New Deal by reversing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, indicating he may be mathematically-challenged.
When the former vice president announced that he would appoint Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke to lead his gun control effort, that pretty much said it all.
O'Rourke famously shouted during his own brief presidential campaign, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15 and your AK-47," which would make him Biden's gun confiscation czar. And Biden seems fine with it.
When Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., removed his own AR-15 from the wall and challenged Biden and O'Rourke to "come and take it," O'Rourke claimed that that was the reason for gun control.
"This guy makes the case for both an assault weapons ban and a mandatory buyback program better than I ever could," he said. "These are weapons of war that have no place in our communities, in our politics or in our public discourse."
"Except," as Twitchy editor Brett Taylor observes, "the AR-15 isn't an assault weapon, it isn't a weapon of war, there's no such thing as a 'buyback' if it's mandatory ... and what the hell does O'Rourke mean when he says guns 'have no place … in our public discourse'?" creating a First Amendment issue as well as a Second Amendment one.
These are just four issues among 26 "Bold Ideas" he lists on his campaign website, including agendas for the Catholic community and the Latino community, a plan for the LGBTQ+ community, and health care plans and climate change plans for "communities of color."
How about creating a plan for Americans — period?
While "Bolshevik Bernie" wants to make America socialist, "Sleepy Joe" will also take us there. It'll just take a few years longer.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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