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M.I.A. Joe

Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, March 22nd, 2020 - 19 comments
Categories: Bernie Sanders, covid-19, elections, health, health and safety, human rights, International, leadership, Politics, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, us politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , , , ,

The guy who touted himself as the one who “get things done” (and god knows what else) – where is he?

As the likely Democratic challenger for the position of US President, it might have been expected that Joe Biden would be gearing up and have a thing or two to say about the Trump administration and the COVID 19 stuff.

It might have been expected that he would be showing off some “President in waiting” gravitas and what not. It might have been expected he’d be all over CNN and MSNBC calling shots. But no. He’s ‘gone to ground’ – disappeared – vanished.

Bernie Sanders on the other hand has  “released a blueprint for what he believes is necessary to fight the pandemic while also protecting working families and the nation’s most vulnerable from economic fallout.” and has been live-streaming, holding virtual round tables and using his email lists for the common good (fundraising for charities working on the outbreak).

M.I.A. Joe does have “The Biden Plan to Combat Coronavirus (COVID 19) and Prepare for Future Global Health Threats“. It’s posturing; a vapid exercise of bureaucratic speak.

In stark contrast, there’s Sanders’ “An Emergency Response to the Coronaviris Pandemic

Independent media are pulling no punches on Joe’s apparent inadequacy …

And from a piece at CommonDreams

Journalist and co-founder of The Intercept Jeremy Scahill, tweeted: “We were all told that we desperately need Joe Biden’s leadership and experience. Now all we have to do is find him.”

You got to hand it to the DNC.

Not only did they run on RussiaGate tosh for most of Trump’s term (charges against the IRA have been dropped btw), and not only did they push an impeachment on a nothing (there is video of Biden boasting, how as VP he got Ukraine to fire a state prosecutor in a quid pro quo for aid), but they pushed their base out to vote in the middle of a pandemic so they could ‘seal the deal’ and give the US public Joe and another term of Donald Trump.

No doubt the price will have been worth it – gotta keep that gravy train running at all costs.

 

 

 

19 comments on “M.I.A. Joe”

  1. AB 1

    If the only source of your appeal is that you are not Trump – then silence has to be rated as a pass mark. As the US heads into a world of -pain with C-19, it likely will become a vindication of Sander's policies – M4A and rebuilding public infrastructure at least. Sadly, it is rational to expect humans (especially powerful ones) to keep throwing opportunities to fix things down the toilet repeatedly.

  2. Siobhan 2

    Should Biden have to be replaced it will be hilarious watching the political establishment, and his shamed endorsers, running for the hills claiming they hadn't noticed his clearly fragile state, though the real shame being they feel no embarrassment endorsing a guy with such appalling political/social stands, let alone a guy who lies with total impunity.

    • bill 2.1

      endorsing a guy with such appalling political/social stands, let alone a guy who lies with total impunity.

      It seems that, unlike last time when most on the left held their nose and voted Clinton, that swathes are simply not going to vote this time – regardless of whether they live in a swing state or not.

  3. Biden's been pretty busy, as it happens. Like a lot of Americans, he's staying at home as much as possible, but still communicating directly with the media, and with the wider community via social media.

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-03-21/biden-bides-his-time-as-coronavirus-pandemic-freezes-2020-campaign.

    • Bill 3.1

      [Biden] said he spends up to seven hours a day on the phone — talking with governors, senators, House members, mayors, policy experts and hospital officials. And of course he talks to his own policy and political staffs, who also are mostly working from home, spread along the Eastern Seaboard.

      No public display of leadership then. Imagine if Ardern (or any politician really) was to say she was too busy on the phone to communicate with the public.

      But sure. We'll see what happens as from Tuesday our time, given that –

      his staff was working on fitting out his Delaware home and nearby campaign office to allow regular public statements and briefings with reporters (…)

      “I want to be in daily or at least significant contact with the American people and communicate what I would be doing, what I think we should be doing, and how we should be doing it,” Biden said. “I promise you that’s on the way.”

      The idea, which he hopes to launch Monday…

      Maybe they're having problems with the router?

      • Similar bullshit to the claims in the post, Bill.

        Biden is in regular communication with the media, his supporters and the wider public. He's at home because that's the responsible thing to do in the circumstances.

        The campaigning for the Presidential nomination is over because he's won it hands down, so there's nothing he needs to say there. He's been regularly criticising Trump's weirdo responses to Covid-19 regularly on social media and doing everything you'd expect he could do in these difficult times.

        If any polly has gone missing in recent days, it's not Biden. We could probably start the search closer to home, because Simon Bridges has been strangely quiet since he buggered up the response to the Gov't Covid support package.

        Still, it's an eerily quiet Sunday, so I suppose any old strawman fantasy will help while away the hours. Stay healthy cobber, and all the best, TRP.

        • Bill 3.1.1.1

          Similar bullshit to the claims in the post, Bill.

          You didn't realise the quotes I provided are from the link you posted to (presumably) back your assertion that " Biden's been pretty busy, as it happens." ?

          Anyway. Go well (both you and yours).

    • Morrissey 3.2

      Biden certainly has a pretty busy fantasy life. His recent fantastic claims about his opposing the aggression against Iraq are only the latest of his outlandish lies.

      In 1987 he said to a reporter in Claremont, N.H.:

      “I think I have a much higher I.Q. than you do I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship. In the first year of the law school, I decided I didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class. And then I decided to stay, went back to law school, and in fact ended up in the top half of my class. I was an outstanding student in the political science department and graduated with three degrees from college.”

      All of those claims collapsed on inspection by reporters.

      Trump will eat him alive.

      • Ex Cantabrian 3.2.1

        Biden may not be perfect but he is a damn sight brighter than Trump!

        • bill 3.2.1.1

          You know that's entirely beside the point, yes? A soggy water biscuit would be a match for both of them, but the point of the post is that a guy who reckons he'd make a great President, and who has a chance to show how Presidential he is….well, he's no-where to be seen.

  4. Ad 4

    It would not be too much to ask to have the previous U.S. Presidents call out President Trump for his incompetence. None of them have anything to lose, and Clinton and Obama in particular have pretty much stellar opinion ratings that afford them some insulation.

    They have public cache ready to use.

    For example, Truman had no compunction coming out against JF Kennedy:

    (Although I do agree that the best way for Trump to lose is to just let him)

    • bill 4.1

      It would not be too much to ask to have the previous U.S. Presidents call out President Trump for his incompetence.

      I can't really see how that one would work. Trump took the game they built up and has been running with it. The suggestion he's been "incompetent" at doing that achieves….what exactly?

      People don't want the game that the Clinton's and Obama's of the world set up. So saying Trump was "incompetent" at developing that game further wouldn't count as much of a negative.

      What the ex-presidents don't want, is a Sanders trashing out their legacy. They're happy enough with Trump.

  5. adam 5

    I don't know what is worse, Biden or all the Biden sycophants.

    The only good thing about the guy, is it seems sections of the left in the US have finally realised – that voting for the democratic party because they not the GOP – is a waste of their vote if they want real, meaningful, social democratic change. Took em long enough.

  6. A 6

    He has the virus!!

    I'd bet a chunk of money Biden + Trump also come down with it. Why not? They run in the same circles.

  7. Gosman 7

    You are criticising Biden for what not doing what many are criticising Bridges for doing i.e. getting in behind the national effort to combat the outbreak. Sanders suggestings are a joke. He would have a snowball's chance of getting them through congress even if he was President and they mean nothing at this point beyond politicking purposes.

    • bill 7.1

      Really?

      So the proposal to Use the Defense Production Act to mobilize resources. (something I believe Trump has enacted) is a joke and would not get through Congress?

      The proposal to Cover all health care treatment for free, including coronavirus testing, treatment, and the eventual vaccine. is also a joke and would not get through Congress, even though things are currently moving in that direction?

      The proposal to Keep workers on payroll (through business subsidies) is a joke and would not pass Congress?

      The proposal to Provide direct, emergency $2,000 cash payments to every person in America every month for the duration of the crisis is a joke and would not get through Congress, although Trump has already authorised some direct payments?

      I could go on. But it's pretty obvious you didn't read the link and are engaging in bad faith – not something I'm going to have much of any tolerance for.

      • joe90 7.1.1

        Really?

        It was looking that way…but Covid19 comes at you fast..

        • bill 7.1.1.1

          Aye well.

          As I've said repeatedly, most politicians are just those dull fucks on community boards and such like who had enough cunning to game themselves to "bigger" things. They only know how to dance to the piper who brought them to where they are.

          On the other side, my basic worry is that we're become so inured to a liberal mindset that we're way too far gone to revive any sense of community for ourselves – ie, as people acting independently from a political class, we're unable to collectively organise our way out of a soggy paper bag.

      • Tiger Mountain 7.1.2

        Bernie looks like the President in waiting when you consider his organising activity the last several weeks. The Sanders Campaign and the movements that support it have for months raised every facet of the shitstorm currently hitting the USA–and what to do about it.

        What I find most disappointing about the centrists–never mind the declared right wingers–whimping on about supporting Biden, is that they do not actually seem to embrace the social goals and policy points of the Sanders Campaign and its constituent peoples movements. Think about that; why would people that claim to be leftists not support medicare for all etc.? It is not about timing, electability, Congress/Senate numbers, it is in my opinion about vacillation and class collaboration when it comes down to it.

        The Democrats have been exposed yet again with their 90s style horse trading in the House and Senate over the virus. Always the corporates are favoured. I hope the Bernie Campaign stays in the Primaries till the end to get the best policy concessions they can for working people out of the rotten Democrat tops before the elections.

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  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
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  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
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  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
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  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
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  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
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  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
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  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
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  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
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  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
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  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
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  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
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  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
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  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
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  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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