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By Donna
May 2, 2022 9:37 am
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There are all sorts of things that Biden could be doing but has chosen not to, even going so far as to break campaign promises.

If another Democrat doesn't challenge Biden in 2024, it's over. What the Dems need is a young, aggressive, charismatic populist, but I see no Democrat who meets that description.

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  1. by Curt_Anderson on May 2, 2022 10:14 am
    I admit I cannot remember all of Biden's campaign promises. I know that he's been stymied by Congress, especially the evenly split Senate. What promises did Biden intentionally break?

  2. by Donna on May 2, 2022 10:40 am
    Read the article.

  3. by Curt_Anderson on May 2, 2022 10:42 am
    I looked it up. Politifact says Biden broke 1% of his promises. Here is how they score Biden:

    Promise Kept 17%
    17 Promises

    Compromise 4%
    4 Promises

    Promise Broken 1%
    1 Promises

    Stalled 23%
    23 Promises

    In the Works 45%
    45 Promises

    Compare Biden's year and half in office to Trump (admittedly a low bar) who in four years kept 23% of his promises and broke 53% of his promises.

  4. by Curt_Anderson on May 2, 2022 10:58 am
    I really don't think Biden broke as many promises as your source claims. Neither does Politifact.

    I looked up the first problem I saw that your reader supported news site listed, namely cancelling $10K of student loan debt. The site says that as president he could unilaterally cancel the student debts. I am not so sure about that as Congress "holds the purse strings" and is in charge of all federal expenditures. The problem with executive actions and edicts is that the next president can reverse the previous president with their own executive action and edict with a stroke of the pen. So if Biden could cancel the debt, the next president could re-impose it.

    Politifact rules that promise as stalled. They report that Biden extended the pause on student loan payments through May 1, 2022, which was yesterday. I am pretty sure I read that the pause has been re-extended through the end of the year.

  5. by Curt_Anderson on May 2, 2022 11:15 am
    Another promise that RSN dinged Biden on was a federal $15 minimum wage. I am sure that Biden cannot unilaterally tell private employers how much they must pay workers. I am sure that would result in countless court challenges.

    Biden did however issue an executive order for federal contractors that raised the minimum wage to $15. That combined with the fact that unemployment is around 3.2%, the effective minimum wage is creeping upwards toward $15.

  6. by Donna on May 2, 2022 11:22 am
    Using your logic, since executive orders can be reversed with the syroke of a pen, no president should ever enact an executive order.

    The takeaway from that breakdown ypu posted is that after a year snd a third on office, Biden has only kept one in six of his campaign promises.

    I think the time is coming when Americans are going to start tevolting against the billion of dollars we're sending to Ukraine while their own lives crumble.

  7. by Curt_Anderson on May 2, 2022 11:43 am
    I am not following your logic and math to conclude Biden kept only six promises. Politifact says he kept 17.

    I am not so sure that US presidents should be able to issue executive orders. It seems to be an authoritarian vestige of our colonial monarchy days.

    Executive orders can be easily revoked. For example, in Biden's first week he issued more than three dozen executive actions on a wide range of issues. And virtually all of them reverse or stop actions taken by Donald Trump.

    I see our helping Ukraine as helping their democracy and more importantly protecting democracies in Europe and beyond. We have a humanitarian duty to stop Putin's aggression and authoritarianism as best we can. I am also glad that Biden has not sent troops there. To me Putin is Hitler 2.0.

    You cannot seriously be comparing our "crumbling lives" with the hardships and death that the Ukrainians are enduring now.

  8. by Donna on May 2, 2022 5:38 pm
    Politico said he kept 17 PERCENT. That's about 1 in 6.

  9. by Donna on May 2, 2022 5:46 pm
    "You cannot seriously be comparing our "crumbling lives" with the hardships and death that the Ukrainians are enduring now." - Curt

    I'm not comparing. I said, "I think the time is coming when Americans are going to start revolting against the billion of dollars we're sending to Ukraine while their own lives crumble."

    IOW I'm predicting that the patience of more and more Americans may start wearing thin, and that I can see it getting to the point where more Americans may put their own private concerns over the concerns of Ukrainians.

  10. by Curt_Anderson on May 2, 2022 5:46 pm
    I misread what you wrote. My bad.

    Going by Politifact, Biden broke 1 out of 100 promises namely oil drilling permits on federal land. With gas prices going up, that probably isn't as popular a promise as it was two years ago. A promise cannot be considered broken until the time frame the promise was supposed to happen elapses--usually the presidential term.

  11. by Donna on May 2, 2022 6:11 pm
    Many of those promised Polifact listed as "stalled" don't look very hopeful of being fulfilled.

    Btw, Reader Supported News isn't really a "site". That article I posted was written by David Sirota and first appeared in Guardian UK. Reader Supported News has a few staff writers, but they also purchase publishing rights for articles they think their readers might enjoy.

  12. by Curt_Anderson on May 3, 2022 8:53 am
    David Sirota, I should have known. He was an advisor for Bernie Sanders. He must be the least realistic political advisor ever.

    Had Bernie Sanders won the nomination and the election the Republicans would have a Senate majority. I guarantee you Mitch
    McConnell wouldn't let Bernie Sanders' $15 minimum wage pass or free college or free health care or anything else of Bernie Sanders promises.

    Not that the Republicans need a majority to obstruct. All the Republicans need is to keep the Democrats from having 60 votes in the Senate.

  13. by Donna on May 4, 2022 8:40 am
    True. But Senate Republicans aren't the only problem as long as the Democrats have senators like Manchin and Sinema.

    Anyhow, SelectSmart forum alum Sean Shealy a.k.a. Paleoliberal chimed in on David Sirota's piece, referencing the article at the bottom:

    I Googled 'Wolfson DeVos Sirota' just to see if Sirota had updated the record by lavishing praise upon Biden for reversing this action a week later.
    He has not.

    No; Sirota has done his damage, using a Justice Department automatic appeal to destroy Joe Biden -- as though Biden personally oversees, on a daily basis, the many thousands of actions taken by the Justice Department.

    No, no correction, no praise, no recognition. Just another packet of rage added to the stew of acid that will be thrown into Biden's face, or more significantly, into the faces of young voters, blinding them with misplaced anger, and adding to their apathy, paving the way for a second term of Donald Trump.

    Way to go, Dave! We'll have white nationalists and Christian soldiers in tanks commanded by Marjorie Taylor Green hunting down LGBT people and minorities in no time! Hey, they can fund the hunt with our Social Security money! WOOHOO!

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