Biden is President

September 2021 Forums General discussion Biden is President

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    alanjjohnstone
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    Is there any change?

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-usa/u-s-carrier-group-enters-south-china-sea-amid-taiwan-tensions-idUSKBN29T05J

    A U.S. aircraft carrier group has entered the South China Sea to promote “freedom of the seas”

    “With two-thirds of the world’s trade travelling through this very important region, it is vital that we maintain our presence and continue to promote the rules-based order which has allowed us all to prosper,” Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander of the strike group, was quoted as saying.

    Nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, told his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday there was “no doubt” China posed the most significant challenge to the United States of any nation.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-usa-defence/u-s-reaffirms-commitment-to-japan-to-defending-islands-disputed-with-china-idUSKBN29T07U

    New U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reaffirmed America’s commitment to Tokyo to defending a group of East China Sea islets claimed by both Japan and China,

    #212925
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Here is Peter Joseph’s take on this (from the same podcast mentioned on the thread on him);

    “… a lot of people out there are drawing great relief knowing that Trump will no longer have any national power. It is not a time to be complacent. Nothing has actually improved in the broad view. We just have had four years of general regression with neither the public nor the political establishment actually learning anything, as far as I’m concerned. We are simply back to a square one.”

    #212928
    alanjjohnstone
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    Another sign that American interests will remain just that under Biden.

    https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210124-us-reiterates-support-for-taiwan-after-china-sends-jets-into-island-s-airspace

    The U.S. State Department on Saturday said it was concerned by China’s “pattern of ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan.”..Biden’s administration has shown little sign of reducing pressure on China over such issues…The State Department statement on Saturday said Washington would continue to deepen ties with Taiwan and ensure its defense from Chinese threats…Taiwan’s de-facto ambassador to Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, was an invited guest at Biden’s inauguration.

    #212987

    Alan wrote: Another sign that American interests will remain just that under Biden.

    It has been the same for more than 250 years and will remain like that for many more years, or decades. The USA working class is a clear indication that Marx overestimated the taking of class consciousness by the working class

    #212989
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    It has been the same for more than 250 years and will remain like that for many more years, or decades. The USA working class is a clear indication that Marx overestimated the taking of class consciousness by the working class

    In my dark moments of despair i agree 100% with your analysis. But when i’m more optimistic, i see progress if not directly towards socialism, at least indirectly contributing to the building of it.

    We can see the weaknesses of our fellow American workers, as we can for British, European. But we can point to the the social movements that have arisen, yes, even the right-wing ones. Political dissent has been at the heart of America since 1776. Always it has been misdirected and manipulated, but it is there and it exists.

    When socialists call for unity, we mean ALL workers. Our efforts are to educate not just those who call them progressive liberal leftists, but the 74 million who voted for Trump as an anti-Establishment symbol.

    Perhaps it will take decades and as many scientists have said, time is not on our side. But the white nationalist christians are a declining percentage of the population, as i think you yourself have said in other posts. The demographic pattern of America is changing.

    #212994
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    Nothing changes

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biden-state-venezuela-idUSKBN29O2PE

    Biden’s administration will continue to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s president, Anthony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state told members of the U.S. Senate.

    Meanwhile, the EU makes a face-saving distancing from that policy

    The EU has dropped its de facto recognition of Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president.

    https://www.ft.com/content/aa372f3a-a1ac-41da-848a-46355fc3ec4f

    #213172

    Now, the Republicans are complaining the Joe Biden has issued too many executive orders. It shows that the so-called legacy of a US president can be wiped out by the stroke of a pen when the reforms are not approved by Congress. The legacy of Donald Trump has been reversed in a few days, some Republicans are saying that Joe Biden is not a centrist, that he is radical leftists. They are just a bunch of ignorant, he is just a right-winger reversing the executive orders of another right-winger

    #213201
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    Biden’s executive orders are receiving much attention from the president-friendly media. But what are the real effect of them?

    One such presidential order is to phase out the Department of Justice’s contracts with privately managed prisons.

    The federal Bureau of Prisons — which makes up slightly more than 8 percent of the current U.S. penal population — but just 9 percent of the people incarcerated under the Bureau of Prisons are held in a private prison.

    Biden has excluded the Department of Homeland Security, and therefore privately run immigration detention centers, from his order. In contrast to the small percentage of private prisons within the Bureau of Prisons, the majority of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities are currently under private contracts. Yet there is no indication that the Biden administration will extend the executive order to the Department of Homeland Security.

    Biden’s Private Prison Executive Order Doesn’t Undo Mass Incarceration

    #213238

    Joe Biden is doing what any capitalist leader will do, we can not expect anything different from him. Prisons or jails are part of the state apparatus and incarceration of the working peoples and the poor peoples will continue, and the rich peoples will be freed by the justice system. The capitalist society is based on legal and illegal crime. Donald Trump pardoned many felons like him who are his friends, as a federal judge said: A criminal pardoning other criminals

    #213275
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant
    #213418
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    A review of America’s media pressing Biden to make concessions to the Republicans in the name of bipartisanism

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/02/02/sunday-shows-only-biden-promise-matters-compromise

    #213469
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    The U.S. Space Force “absolutely” has the “full support” of the Biden administration and said they are “not revisiting the decision” to establish the sixth branch of the U.S. military as she cleaned up comments from a day earlier.

    https://www.defensenews.com/space/2021/02/03/with-the-full-support-of-the-biden-adminisration-the-space-force-is-officially-here-to-stay/

    #213502
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    Having traded off his name, Biden’s son now does it again with a book about his addictions.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/04/hunter-biden-memoir-about-drug-addiction-to-be-published-beautiful-things

    #213504
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    The USS John S McCain, guided-missile destroyer sailed into the disputed waters between China and Taiwan to demonstrate “the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific”, the Seventh Fleet statement said. “The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/4/first-us-warship-transits-taiwan-strait-since-biden-inauguration

    No change there with a new president.

    #213547
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    Mitt Romney, Republican, proposes a child benefit tax reform that is more generous than anything Biden has on the table.

    https://www.alternet.org/2021/02/mitt-romney-child-policy/

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