Biden And Domestic Production

This is a continuation of my series on the policies of Pres. Biden.

Our new president is trying to increase the US domestic production with the hope that it will be a job creator…to go it alone he decided the way to accomplish this goal is through the executive order process.

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening US supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, and semiconductors. The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods—a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to address with the planned 100-day review and the possibility of increased domestic production, the AP reports. However, Biden will also look to work with international partners to ensure a stable and reliable supply chain. “These are the kinds of common sense solutions that all Americans can get behind,” Biden said at a White House ceremony.

“It’s about resilience, identifying possible points of vulnerabilities in our supply chains, and making sure we have the backup alternatives or workarounds in place,” said Biden, who met Democratic and Republican lawmakers in the Oval Office before the signing. “It was like the old days,” Biden said. “People were actually on the same page.” White House officials emphasized that the order would help to create manufacturing jobs, a promise made by past presidents with decidedly mixed results. There are 12.2 million manufacturing jobs in the United States, down from 17 million in 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Biden’s order also included sectoral reviews to be completed within one year for defense, public health and biological preparedness, information communications technology, energy, transportation, and food production.

The part that concerns me is the sector called “critical minerals”…..I am guessing that that means rare earth minerals…..and since the US has a very limited amount and Afghanistan is teeming with them it would have something to do with our prolonged stay in Afghanistan.

In case you are not too sure just what a ‘rare earth’ mineral is then I can help with that…..https://lobotero.com/2019/06/04/it-is-about-rare-earth/

All in all this should step up our domestic production….but as far as a massive job creator I have my doubts.

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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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Biden And Rural America

We now have a new president-elect and I looking at issues that he, Biden, needs to focus on to get this country back to some sort of normal…..

Most of us don’t think about Rural America much these days….our little lives are focused in the cities and its surrounding regions…..but Rural America is suffering many problems and not all are the pandemic that the whole country is fighting these days.

A group has given the Biden/Harris team a blueprint for the revitalization of Rural America…..

In order to create “a rural America where everyone has the opportunity to share in the prosperity they help build,” the paper urged Biden and Harris to address five key issues:

  • Intentionally involving rural Americans in the movement for a more just economy and food system;
  • Rooting out systemic racism and creating opportunity for all;
  • Democratizing the agrifood system;
  • Combating climate change through rural innovation; and
  • Modernizing rural infrastructure and investing in its people.

The revitalization plan argued that “today, a handful of corporations and their CEOs have the power to dictate who gets to farm, what they farm, and who gets to eat.”

“If rural America is to be a thriving hub of economic opportunity for all,” the authors wrote, “we must do more to end the stranglehold monopoly corporations have over our rural economies and end the wealth gap that exists.”

Click to access Family-Farm-Action-Roadmap-for-Rural-America-Biden-Harris-min_compressed.pdf

I will be watching to see if the Biden/Harris team are more than slogans and idle words…..

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Domestic Challenges For Biden

I had listed the problem areas internationally that president-elect Biden needs to focus on as early as possible. My post…….https://lobotero.com/2020/11/18/international-challenges-for-biden/

Now he has problems in this country that need immediate attention…..as promised thoughts on domestic solutions….

He, Biden, has made a good start on the first issue….the pandemic…..he has already put together a team for the fight…..

Covid-19 Control – As of early November, over 10 million Americans were infected and nearly 240,000 have died of the coronavirus. One of Biden’s first actions after his projected electoral victory was to outline a “science” based plan to “beat Covid-19.” The cornerstone of the plan is to “Provide clear, consistent, evidence-based guidance for how communities should navigate the pandemic – and the resources for schools, small businesses, and families to make it through.” One of the defining aspects of the plan is to establish a “Pandemic Testing Board like Roosevelt’s War Production Board. It’s how we produced tanks, planes, uniforms, and supplies in record time, and it’s how we will produce and distribute tens of millions of tests.”

Build Prosperity – The U.S. is the throws of recession that could topple into a depression. The recession began in February 2020, just around the time the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Two Harvard economists, David Cutler and Lawrence Summers, paint a grim picture of total costs of the pandemic. “The total cost is estimated at more than $16 trillion, or approximately 90% of the annual gross domestic product of the US,” they wrote. “Approximately half of this amount is the lost income from the COVID-19–induced recession; the remainder is the economic effects of shorter and less healthy life.”

Prosperity for whom? Is my question.

Racial Justice – The Biden campaign is notable for two critical cultural developments. One is selecting Kamala Harris as his running mate and her provisional election as the nation’s first woman and first woman-of-color as Vice President. Second, Biden’s acceptance speech was noteworthy for one critical sentence: “The battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country.”

Good thought…but just how will Biden accomplish this promise?

Save the Climate – In his acceptance speech and his candidate “plan,” Biden never refers to “climate change.” He does advocate a $2 trillion plan to further a “clean energy revolution and environmental justice.” Among the key features of this plan include: cut carbon emissions from power plants; cut greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector; cut particulate matter air pollution; and increase climate spending to rural and urban low-income areas, especially among “BIPOC” (i.e., Black, Indigenous, and people of color).

Counterpunch.org)

These are starting points…there is so much in this nation that needs repair it would be too massive to try and list them all.

Biden and the Democrats should put principles first and rally the nation around a serious vision: an agenda not simply to “restore the soul of America” but to expand that soul, make this country a true global leader as Planet Earth faces its treacherous future.

Any thoughts here?

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Closing Thought–21Oct20

Remember all those horror stories coming out of the old USSR where the KGB was installed in all branches of the government to keep track of it’s people?

Well thank god that does not happen here in the good old US of A, right?

Or does it?

The White House planted two political officials with no public health experience at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep tabs on the agency and its scientists, according to The Associated Press.

Nina Witkofsky was appointed as senior advisor to CDC Director Robert Redfield at the agency’s Atlanta headquarters in June and within weeks had been promoted to CDC acting chief of staff.

The second political arrival, Chester “Trey” Moeller, is Witkofsky’s deputy. 

Witkofsky, the AP said, played a small role in Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Her CDC profile also says she has worked in governmental affairs for 20 years, including at the State Department. 

https://www.businessinsider.com/white-house-planted-political-operatives-cdc-control-narrative-ap-2020-10

Has the US now created a KGB like section for spying on governmental officials?

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Poverty, Climate And Defense Spending

The first Dem debate is in the tank…..I heard very little about poverty, lost of lip service but no new ideas, climate was on the agenda for the MSM and little about out of control defense spending.

But fortunately there was an outlet for the candidates to go on the record without having to depend on the MSM to bring up the issues like they do with the debate.

The Institute on Policy Studies met with most of the candidates and got their views the day before the debate……

Where do the 2020 presidential candidates stand on poverty, climate change, taxes, and military spending?

Over 140 million Americans — or 43 percent of us — are poor or low-income, according to research by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Poor People’s Campaign. That poverty is compounded by the interlocking injustices of racism, militarism, and ecological devastation. It was caused not by poor personal decision making, but by massive public investments in policies that benefit a tiny few at the expense of the rest.

The good news? We have abundant resources to fix it, our Poor People’s Moral Budget report shows. All we have to do is get them out of the military, Wall Street, and the mass incarceration industry and into programs that actually work for the public.

When we launched our Moral Budget with the Poor People’s Campaign, we asked nine 2020 presidential candidates if they had the political will to put those resources to work for the public.

https://ips-dc.org/2020-candidates-poverty-climate-change-military-spending-racism-militarism-ecological-devastation-presidential-debates/

If you are considering voting in 2020 then maybe this post and accompanying article will be helpful….I try to be as much FYI as I possibly can…..hoefully it will be informative.

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So It Is Written, So It Is Done

I seldom write about my state, Mississippi……basically nothing of interest happens too often….but I do like their politics.  A Bible Belt conservative state that elects those people that do the most damage to the state……in essence a cultural wasteland.

My state has about 21.6% poverty……is 49th on the health index…..49th on the best educated index…..I could go on with the stats so let us just say Mississippi is at the bottom or near on every “good” characteristic and at the top or near on every “bad” characteristic……

I bring this up because of the laws that will go into effect on 01 July…..one would think the the reps would be addressing the economic characteristics that effect the people of this state, right?

You would be sadly mistaken!

These are the laws that will go into effect next week…..

HB 511: Ready to pass a big truck on I-55? The left lane should be free, since a new law is taking effect that outlaws “lollygagging” in the left lane on the interstate. If you’re caught hogging the left lane, you could face a fine of anywhere from $25 to $50.

SB 2968: Soon, there will be more highway patrolmen on the roads with you. With this law, trooper school has been funded. Classes start in October, and by the first of the year, new troopers will be hitting the roadways.

SB 2710: Sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants has been a hot topic across the United States, but they will be outlawed in Mississippi starting July 1. The law also prohibits municipalities from prohibiting a city employee from asking a citizen about their immigration status.

SB 2689: Campaign funds will no longer be able to be used for personal use come July 1. This means any funds that were collected by any political campaign for the purpose of furthering the candidate cannot be used for personal vehicles, homes, rent, etc. If any campaign funds are left over after the fact, they will have to be returned to the donors, donated to the state, or can be donated to another political or charitable cause.

HB 1046: Students who have relied on the Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship can now continue to utilize that scholarship all the way through school. The scholarship can be used to enroll in private school, therapy programs, or purchase resources that would further the child’s abilities in school.

HB 1322: Craft beer breweries in the state can now sell their products onsite. Initially, breweries could conduct tours and host events, but would have to direct customers to a nearby distributor for their beer or light wine. Here’s the catch: they can sell it to you there, but you have to take it away to drink it. It’ll be sealed. You won’t be able to down that six-pack at the brewery itself.

There you are…..new laws…typical Repub bullshit that does NOTHING to improve the lives of the people of Mississippi.

This is why Mississippi remains at the bottom of the list of good states in which to live.

I once called the government of Mississippi as a “Moronocracy” and nothing has changed in 35 years.

A “New Deal” For Black America

For months I have been bitching that the candidates are engaging in a battle of personalities and leaving the issues by the wayside…..matters not which candidate they both are not telling the American people what the NEED to hear.

But recently Mr. Trump gave a speech that was heavy on issues….well as heavy as it can get these days……this time he talked about what he will do for Black America.

Donald Trump’s poll numbers among black Americans are abysmal—he’s polling at around half the 6% Mitt Romney received in 2012—but he hasn’t given up trying. On Wednesday, he offered a “new deal for black America” in a policy-heavy speech delivered to what the Washington Post reports was a largely white audience in North Carolina. The “deal is grounded in three promises: safe communities, great education, and high-paying jobs,” Trump said, per the Hill, blaming Democrats for “total violence” in inner cities. He promised to provide incentives for companies to move to “blighted communities,” and to allow cities and states to declare such places disaster areas to receive federal funding.

Sorry sports fans but is this NOT the same promises given every election to Black America?  And how has that worked out for them?

Will there be a separate plan for poor Hispanics in the inner cities?  How about those poor whites?

It is so vague that anyone could have made them…..as usual there is NO specifics on just how he plans to accomplish these lofty heights….this is as lame as lame can get….but I kinda expect that now this far into the campaigns…..

Back to the insulting mind games…..back to the immature playground squabbles…..

Please let this goddamn thing be over with soon!

Here are 10 new ways other countries are actually solving problems

The US is facing many domestic problems….this country is more than capable of solving these problems it is just the leaders are not willing to do so……

Other countries have handled such problems as the thieving bankers,  alt energy, drugs….just to mention a few……see how other countries are solving problems…..

The Presidential candidates have been sounding off for almost two years now, pointing out (or in many cases manufacturing) all of America’s problems, and offering solutions they believe will make them the next President. The candidates, especially to the right of the political spectrum, extoll America as being exceptional, and they score empty points with voters by talking about how the rest of the planet looks to the United States to solve the world’s woes. It is surprising, then, to see how many of these seemingly intractable problems are being far more effectively tackled by the countries we are supposed to be “leading”. Maybe it’s time for America to start looking elsewhere for innovative solutions.

Here are 10  examples of problems being solved everywhere but in America:

Source: Here are 10 new ways other countries are actually solving problems — and kicking America’s ass

If these countries, which have less resources than the US, can do amazing things then why is the US slow to do so?

The citizens, all citizens, of this country deserve better from the clowns we elect……but will this election prove any different from the past ones?

Why Are You Not Angry?

The media keeps telling anyone who is dumb enough to listen that the American people are angry…..about what?  That depends on your political persuasion…..but regardless there is much that is just plain wrong with the nation and the voters are the only ones that see it……the politicians are more than willing to feed that anger…but do little to change things….the status quo, for them, is perfect in every way…….

Just what makes you angry!

This infograph is for the UK….but we could plug in many of the issues into the US society…….

 

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If you are angry at what is happening to your country then there is an answer…….

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There is a plan….now GET TO IT!

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