On July 27th, US Presidential candidate Joe Biden is ramping up populism in attempts to increase his chances of victory.
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— Tia Mitchell, AJC’s Washington Correspondent (@ajconwashington) July 27, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, visited the Capitol to pay their respects to the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as he lay in state in the Rotunda.
he Bidens were accompanied by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as they approached Lewis’s flag-draped coffin.
Lewis died on July 17th at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer.
“We are made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis,” Joe Biden said in a statement at the time. “How could someone in flesh and blood be so courageous, so full of hope and love in the face of so much hate, violence, and vengeance?”
The former congressman had endorsed Biden’s presidential bid a couple of months before he died.
“It is my belief that we need Joe Biden now more than ever before,” Lewis said in a call with reporters in April.
“We need his voice. We need his leadership now more than ever before,” he continued. “We need someone who is going to get our country on the right side of history and help save our planet.”
Later, on July 28th, at a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said Lewis told him on his deathbed that Americans should “stay focused on the work left undone to heal this nation and to remain undaunted by the public health crisis and economic crisis.”
He unveiled the fourth pillar of his “Build Back Better” plan – focusing on racial disparities in wealth and health.
“It’s a bold, practical plan that is going to help build a stronger and more just and sustainable economy for everybody,” Biden said.
“It’s also about jobs. Good paying jobs. Financial stability and building wealth for families of color.”
His plan includes setting aside $30 billion of the $300 billion he announced in his first pillar for innovation funding for small businesses.
The goal is to leverage the $30 billion to make more than $150 billion available.
Beyond the $150 billion for small businesses, additional federal funds would benefit communities of color, but the Biden campaign hasn’t specified how much of the multitrillion-dollar plan would be directed toward those groups.
It is unclear how this plan would even be paid, but there’s hints by Biden and his aides that it would happen by repealing the Trump tax cuts, while other parts will be considered stimulus spending.
Campaign officials haven’t put a total price tag on Biden’s spending ambitions, but the first three planks are likely to cost upwards of $3 trillion.
His first plank included some $700 billion to create 5 million jobs, the second detailed roughly $2 trillion for climate-friendly infrastructure, and the third promised $775 billion for caregiver and education jobs.
These statements are careful, in a way that they could be flexible depending on the economic fallout of COVID-19. There is little present in the claims other than pure propaganda and populism to win votes.
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