The 2020 democratic field is a wild one, that’s for certain, and with 24 desperate politicos all vying for a single spotlight it’s only going to get stranger as time goes on.
We’re already witnessing this bizarre metamorphosis within several campaigns. Bernie Sanders, who was the far-and-away favorite before the arrival of Joe Biden, took a leap of faith in telling his a CNN audience that incarcerated felons, including terrorists, should have their rights to vote restored.
Even for a democratic socialist, that was a bold move.
Then there was Eric Swalwell, (who?), with his inane and entirely forced baby-poop analogy on Twitter.
Swalwell thinks changing a few diapers makes him presidential material? Lolpic.twitter.com/6LKb9z16f4take our poll - story continues below
— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) June 3, 2019
Of course, these candidates are all just figuratively crashing on Joe Biden’s metaphorical couch.
The way-out-front-runner Biden has taken such a commanding lead in the race that his campaign is simply framing the election as Biden/Trump…and to some success.
The issue is, as it has been before with Biden, his advanced age. Couple that with reports of his campaign’s snail-like pace, and there is plenty of ammunition for President Trump to bludgeon the former Vice President with.
Perhaps that’s why Biden is looking to tap into the youth vote by channeling fellow democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Using the Green New Deal as a framework, the clear front-runner right now in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination announced he’s “calling for a Clean Energy Revolution to confront this crisis and do what America does best – solve big problems with big ideas.”
The price tag for the proposal — named ‘The Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice’ — is $1.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Biden’s campaign said this would be supplemented by leveraging more than $5 trillion in additional private sector and state and local investments. This is considerably less expensive than the Green New Deal itself, for which cost estimates range as high as $93 trillion.
The price tag is exorbitant, and Biden is using that fact as an opportunity to attack Donald Trump.
But it follows criticism from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others on the party’s left flank about his stance on environmental issues. The former vice president vowed he’d pay for the new plan by rolling back the tax incentives in President Trump’s tax cuts that he argued “enrich corporations at the expense of American jobs and the environment.”
AOC herself has been the main proponent of the Green New Deal in Congress – a piece of possible legislation that has made less than ideal progress since its introduction.
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