Closing Thought–02Mar21

Biden And Community College

Most of us know of the extreme debt that a college education will put an individual into that will take decades to clear that debt.

Newly elected president Biden has a plan that will make a community college free for the two years.

Jill Biden is pushing free access to community college and training programs, saying the schools will be an important part of Biden administration efforts to rebuild the economy.

A longtime community college professor and advocate, the first lady said people struggling to get by during the coronavirus-induced economic slump need access to these schools.

“We have to get this done. And we have to do it now. That’s why we’re going to make sure that everyone has access to free community college and training programs,” Jill Biden said in taped remarks broadcast Tuesday during a virtual legislative summit hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/jill-biden-pushes-free-access-to-community-college-training

What does this mean?

Biden’s higher education platform on his campaign website refers to community colleges more than 30 times. 

In it, he champions making two years of community college tuition-free through a federal-state partnership in which the federal government chips in 75% of the cost. 

That includes free tuition for part-time students, adult learners and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, groups that frequent community colleges but are often left out of state free college programs. A report by the Education Trust found that 14 of the 23 existing free college programs exclude non-traditional students, like older adults and returning students, who did not enroll in college immediately after high school. DACA students can only participate in about half of free college programs.

“Finances continue to be a barrier for our students to access and succeed in colleges, so [community college leaders] are excited about the prospect of basically getting what amounts to greater support for students in the form of reduced tuitions,” says David Baime, senior vice president of government relations and policy analysis at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). 

What a Biden Administration Could Mean for Community Colleges

I think that it is a great idea.

I have been writing about this for years…..but my plan would give four years free under certain circumstances.

WE all should be behind this plan 100%…..you want a better nation then by all means champion this plan.

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Go Big Or Go Home!

Now that the silly trial of Trump in the Senate is over it is time to move on to more important things…..the trial was important but it was a forgone conclusion that it was a fart in the political wind.

Maybe the Congress can move onto actually doing something that will benefit the people…..The House will try but the Senate will be locked into the sleepy hollow syndrome….doing nothing but saying no and raising money for their re-elections.

The House presents bills…..but most are just chipping away at our problems around the edges of problems while the main body remains in place and problematic.

What have they got lose?

The Centrist approach has done little to solve problems.

Think I am wrong?

Then please tell me one problem that has been solved, I emphasize the word “solve”,  in say a decade.

By big I mean solutions like Green New Deal…and for those that pay more attention to the Kardashians here is the Green New Deal…..

Click to access BILLS-116hres109ih.pdf

This would solve some of our problems (not all)…..why not go big?

We have so many social problems that we need big solutions…..problems like income, inequality, racial issues, infrastructure,and Medicare For All….all of which should have been solved many decades ago.

Go big!

We all know that it will be a wash for once the Senate gets the bill it will die an unceremonious death.

We could say that the approach to the Covid virus with Biden is a big solution……we will see just how successful it will be…..but my point is that all our solutions should be so bold and so big.

But as usual I expect the Dems will cave to the stupidity of the GOP members of the Congress.

My advice is….Go Big Or Go Home!

M4A, minimum wage, Green New Deal (must include infrastructure), strengthen voter rights…and so much this country needs.

I know someone will no doubt ask….just how would we pay for this?

Easy answer and it comes from Sen. Warren….

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Brendan Boyle introduced the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act, which would enact a 2% annual wealth tax on the net worth of households between $50 million and $1 billion, with a 3% annual tax on the wealth of households over $1 billion.

“In the midst of a pandemic that has left millions of Americans economically devastated, the net wealth of America’s billionaires has increased by over $1 trillion. Wealth inequality in the United States is out of control, with millionaires and billionaires becoming richer by the day as the American people struggle to get by with stagnant wages and a lack of adequate government support. Senator Warren’s wealth tax is exactly what this country needs right now, and it would do more than almost any other plan to tackle this crisis of wealth inequality forcefully, directly, and effectively.”

(patrioticmillionaires.org)

But the Dems are spineless…..

They won’t fight for a $15 minimum wage or $2000 monthly UBI. They won’t fight for Medicare for All in a pandemic. They won’t fight for a Green New Deal in a climate crisis. So what in the hell are the Dems and Biden actually fighting for?

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Unity My Ass!

Sen. Lindsey Graham recently ask, “Why don’t Democrats want unity’?

Now that the GOP has lost its power they are crying for unity.  I say GFY!

Ever since Joe Biden has been elected he has made statements about “the time for healing the country”.

This is so much horse manure!

This country will not heal anytime soon.

Getting rid of the slug Trump is not what will bring about unity.

Why am I so pessimistic?

Where to start?

The toad QAnon ilk like Greene who got 199 votes not to sanction her by removing her from committee assignments…..199 members of the House prove that unity is nothing more than a cute word that means absolutely NOTHING!

Not enough to prove my point?

Then how about the survey that shows that if Trump starts his own party they would follow his lead?

A majority of Republican voters said if former President Trump were to start a new political party they would likely join, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Sixty-four percent of registered Republican voters in the Jan. 28-29 survey said they’d join a new political party led by the former president, including 32 percent who said they would very likely join.

By contrast, 36 percent of Republican respondents said they are either very or somewhat unlikely to join.

The survey found 28 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats said they’d likely join a third party led by Trump.

Thirty-seven percent of voters overall said if Trump started a new political party they’d likely join.

https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/537442-poll-64-percent-of-gop-voters-likely-to-join-a-trump-led-3rd

Please stop hoping for ‘unity’…..it will not happen in my lifetime…..and may not happen for decades…..until the country is more important that the stupidity of party politics this country will suffer and split into camps of insulting little toads.

And please STOP using the term bi-partisan.

Look t the make-up of the Congress….does anyone truly see any bi-partisanship on major issues?

This is just a term or tagline for speeches and campaigning…..not rooted in reality.  A term for political gain with NO intention of employing it in any form.

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Is Biden Just Stumbling Along?

As his first major foreign policy act Pres. Biden ordered a ‘revenge’ strike at units within Syria…..

President Biden ordered an airstrike in Syria on Thursday, after recent rocket attacks launched on US forces in Iraq. The target was a structure thought to be used for smuggling weapons by two Shia militias backed by Iran, CNN reports. The goal of the US attack was to hurt the militias’ capability of carrying out any more attacks, per Politico, though the site, in the eastern Syrian town of Al Bukamal, has not been tied to the rocket attacks. The Defense Department had not publicly blamed any Iran-backed militias. Last week, per ABC, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the US “reserves the right to respond in the time and manner of our choosing.”

Was this a return to the old norm?

Is it a preview of what we have in store for our nation….more and a continuation of our endless wars?

US President Biden bellicosely proclaimed, “American is back,” in his major foreign policy priorities speech at the Munich Security Conference on February 19. Repeated twice for effect, Biden signaled the end of the Trump interregnum.

No more assuring words could have been uttered for George W. Bush’s former Defense Secretary Colin Powell and the 70 odd Republican national security officials, who wrote an open letter endorsing Biden out of fear that Trump would upset the bipartisan foreign policy consensus of regime change, forever wars, and the NATO alliance. Republican neo-cons now shelter in the Democrat’s big tent, today’s party of war.

The major difference from his predecessor is that the new US president promises a greater reliance on multilateral diplomacy and international cooperative agreements to achieve US imperial goals. Biden pledged to remain in the World Health Organization and to return to the Paris Climate Agreement, although compliance with the latter is voluntary and Biden defends fracking. After Trump withdrew the US from the UN Human Rights Council three years ago, the US will reengage as an observer. And Trump’s “Muslim ban” was reversed in Biden’s first day in office.

Joe Biden’s US Foreign Policy: Return to the Old Normal?

As I predicted earlier….there will be little change with the Biden presidency….our endless wars will continue to be endless.

The non-partisan Congressional Research Service maintains a list of every “notable” use of U.S. military force abroad. As of June of last year, the list ran on for 46 pages. Last night, President Joe Biden added his first entry when he ordered airstrikes on militia forces on the Iraq-Syria border. What happens next will help determine just how many more pages get added during the rest of the Biden administration. 

While details are still emerging, the basic outlines of the airstrikes appear to be that the president ordered them in retaliation for recent missile strikes on U.S. forces in Iraq, particularly the February 15 strike that killed a Filipino defense contractor and injured a U.S. servicemember in Erbil, Iraq. It’s worth noting that this was seemingly not an isolated incident, with multiple attacks having occurred off and on for some time now on various bases housing U.S. personnel throughout Iraq. 

As is often the case with recent instances of U.S. military force abroad, a debate has quickly emerged on what legal authority such an attack was conducted under and if it complied with international law. The administration claims it acted in self-defense. Multiple members of Congress have weighed in, with some of Congress’s strongest war powers champions either outright rejecting or raising significant concerns about the administration’s claims

Biden’s Syria strikes: A perpetual cycle of endless war

Our weary troops have nothing to look forward from a Biden Admin…..he will do little to end these continuous wars and conflicts….

You would think the the American people would grow weary of our endless adventurism and interventions…..but so far the sound of crickets prevails.

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