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White, male, expatriate living in the mountains of central Taiwan, Oregon permanent address, 34 years of age. Born in St. Louis. Army brat lived all over. Veteran of the Korean War (sieved in Libya and Austin, Texas). Ph.D. in anthropology and linguistics, Indiana University. Career in linguistics and ESL at numerous US and foreign institutions. Spent most of my career as a director of English as a Second Language programs. Taught at National Chi Nan Unversity, Puli, Taiwan over the years 1995-2016. Retired as an orchard keeper with my life partner Judy Wu of the Bunun Austronesian tribe in our mountain hideaway cabin, High Mountain Orchards.

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Sanders suggests an "incremental" approach to healthcare for Biden

Original title: Sanders outlines steps on health care for Biden
By Tal Axelrod - 04/25/20 04:38 PM EDT

Sanders, a vocal progressive and advocate for “Medicare for All,” recognized that Biden, a centrist, is unlikely to adopt a single-payer system. However, he said decreasing the age to qualify for Medicare from 65 to 55 and expanding coverage for children would be positive steps.

“My best outcome is to go forward in the direction of Medicare for All but not do it perhaps as quickly as I would want,” Sanders said on MSNBC on Saturday.

“At least what we should do is lower the eligibility of Medicare from 65 to 55 and cover all of the children in this country. And then we can figure out ways that we can expand and improve the [Affordable Care Act]," he continued. "Those are some of the things Joe Biden can do without embracing a full Medicare for All concept.”

This is certainly within the view that Biden has previously supported. Glad to see Sanders recognizing the political expediency of compromise. We are on the way to full unity if this view can be adopted widely by Democrats.

A fiery Politico Interview: Biden wants a new "hell of a lot" bigger Stimulus


In an interview, the 2020 candidate courts the progressive left by calling for a huge, new green infrastructure bill—while hammering banks, and Trump.

In a fiery half-hour interview with POLITICO, the presumptive Democratic nominee sounded a bit like his angrier and less moderate primary rivals, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, though in unexpurgated Biden style. The former vice president said that the next round of coronavirus stimulus needs to be “a hell of a lot bigger” than last month’s $2 trillion CARES Act, that it needs to include massive aid to states and cities to prevent them from “laying off a hell of a lot of teachers and cops and firefighters,” and that the administration is already “wasting a hell of a lot of money.”


But stimulus is a subject close to his heart, and he passionately contrasted his own management of President Barack Obama’s $800 billion Recovery Act in 2009 with President Donald Trump’s approach to the trillions of dollars flowing out of Capitol Hill.

The Obama stimulus was wildly controversial, but it won bipartisan praise for its strict oversight and unusually low levels of fraud. In the interview, Biden was at his most indignant when he recounted how he recruited a gruff law enforcement veteran and government watchdog named Earl Devaney to oversee the Recovery Act in 2009, and how President Donald Trump fired the Pentagon inspector general who had been selected to oversee the CARES Act almost immediately after he signed it.

“I wanted to bring in the toughest son-of-a-bitch in the country—I really mean it, I’m not joking—because we wanted to make sure we did it by the numbers with genuine oversight,” Biden said. “Right now, there’s no oversight. [Trump] made it real clear he doesn’t have any damn interest in being checked. The last thing he wants is anyone watching that $500 billion going to corporate America, for God’s sake.”


Biden repeatedly unloaded on big business and big banks, noting that “this is the second time we’ve bailed their asses out,” accusing the Trump administration of managing the stimulus for their benefit. He railed about banks like Wells Fargo that are “only alive because of the American taxpayer” giving their large corporate clients the first shot at CARES Act aid intended for small businesses. Over the last month, 26 million Americans have lost their jobs, and Biden said many of those jobs could be gone for good if mom-and-pop operations get left behind.

Biden hitting Trump where it hurts and offering help to those on the front lineof the Coronavirus outbreak.

This is the president we need.

Go Joe!

Biden predicts Trump will try to delay November election

By Marty Johnson - 04/24/20 07:13 AM EDT

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday at an online fundraiser predicted that President Trump would try and push back November's general election because the president thinks that is the "only way he can possibly win."

“Mark my words I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden told supporters, adding that doing so is "the only way [Trump] thinks he can possibly win.”

Biden also criticized Trump’s apathy towards the U.S. Postal Service’s dire financial situation, asserting that the president is “trying to undermine the election with false claims of voter fraud and threatening to block essential COVID assistance if any extra funds go to the U.S. Postal Service.”

“It’s un-American,” Biden said of Trump’s behavior.

“We have to figure out how we are going to conduct a full and fair and safe election in November and no one should have to risk their lives to cast a ballot,” Biden added.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said that as president he would restore the Voting Rights Act, and support same-day voter registration while working to pass the Safe Elections Act which would "boost funding for states to file a new secure, paper-based ballot voting systems."

Head to head, Biden will crush Trump.

Biden builds early lead in battleground states

Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading in key battleground states that President Trump must win to secure a second term in office.

Polls released this week have mostly bad news for Trump, who finds himself trailing in new surveys of Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The president won all three states in 2016 and they will be among the most hotly contested battlegrounds in November.
By Jonathan Easley - 04/24/20 06:00 AM EDT

Biden is benefiting from having a higher favorability rating as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

The former vice president has built a lead among seniors in Florida, who broke for Trump in the past election.

He is also running up the score among blacks, Latinos, women and white people with college degrees, leaving Trump, at least at the moment, with a narrow path to reelection that depends heavily on non-college educated middle-aged white people.

“Trump has always had a ceiling, and he’s at or below that ceiling now because any temporary rally-around-the-flag bump he got has evaporated and did not translate into new votes,” said Democratic strategist Addisu Demissie, who served as Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) presidential campaign manager.

“We can’t forget, there are a lot of noncollege-educated middle-aged whites in some of these battlegrounds, and Trump is winning by healthy margins here, so it’s good to be circumspect. At the same time, Trump’s path to victory looks very narrow, just as it was in 2016. I think the range of outcomes here is something between Biden winning in a blowout and Trump winning a very close election.”

Biden has led in most polls this cycle in Michigan and Pennsylvania, but his move to the front in Florida is new.

I read one article (where?) that pushed the narrative that Biden is only leadiang because he is a generic Dem against an unpopular president. But Joe is appealing to voters because of what he stands for and how they see him, not just against Trump--though that is a factor. The media has consistently tried to blunt Joe as lacking an enthusiams gap and other narratives. Go ahead guys, underestimate Joe again. Meanwhile, Joe is right on track.

Jill Biden says Michelle Obama would be 'wonderful' as vice president

Looks like there is a movement going on.

New Day

“I’d love it if Michelle [Obama] would agree to it. I think she's had it with politics. She's so good at everything she does. That would be wonderful,” @DrBiden says when asked if the former first lady would consider being Joe Biden’s running mate. https://cnn.it/3eTkdn1

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RCP Average for April to date: Biden +5.9

The general mood of the country is on Biden's side. Only FOX News this month gave Trump a break with a tie. The highest spike for Joe was +11 in a CN poll earlier in the month with Trump at his lowest (53 : 39--also Trump's lowest number. Joe broke 50% twice, once in the CNN poll and one in a Harvard/Harris Poll (both 53%).

While Battleground states are the most meaningful measures, it doesn't hurt to take the pulse of the nation sometimes.

The trajectories show Biden (blue) and Trump (red) maintaining a relatively even spread so that while the numbers to up and down, the spread remains roughly the same for recent polls.

Joe is ahead virtually al along,but the average spread is beyond the margin of error, it is too close to be complacent.

We need a surge for Joe to beat Trump. If Trump is going stir crazy in the WH, he can leave--next January!!

Go Joe!

Lockdown Protestors and Zombies graphic.

I saw a great comparison earlier, but can't find it. So I made my own.

Oh, in case it is hard to tell, the zombies are the bottom row. Or is it the top row? Now I'm confused. Lol!

Biden Leads Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania: Campaign Update (error in article corrected)

[Bloomberg] Emma Kinery ,Bloomberg•April 23, 2020


(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden has significant leads over President Donald Trump in Michigan and Pennsylvania, two Fox News polls showed.

The polls both found the presumptive Democratic nominee leading the incumbent president by 8 points in the swing states, which could have a decisive role in the November election. Fox found Biden ahead in Michigan 49% to 41% and leading 50% to 48% in Pennsylvania.

This is incorrect. The following from 538: Pa. Apr 18-21, 2020
A- Fox News 803 RV Biden 50% 42% Trump Biden +8

Trump narrowly won both states in 2016.

The polls were conducted April 18-21 and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Nationally, Biden leads Trump 48% to 42% in the RealClearPolitics polling average.

Biden to Speak at Granddaughter’s Graduation (3:39 p.m.)

Going in the right direction, but we need to keep it going well into the double digits. Ever vigilant.

What criteria do you think Biden should use for his VP pick? My own brainstorming for starters

This is my brainstorming thoughts. My selections would probably rule out candidates without much experience or who were not compatible with Biden's position on the issues. It might also rule out choices on regional demographics. The balance the ticket category is ideological, so a balance the ticket based on certain voter segments (workers appeal, college educated, etc.) might be added by some folks.

So any thought on these or other criteria?

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D. HI) Endorses Joe Biden For President

poopdogcomedy Saturday April 18, 2020 · 9:00 PM TST

Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D. HI) in support of former Vice President Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign:

The American people deserve a president who can bring our divided country together. That’s why today, I’m endorsing my friend Joe Biden for President of the United States.

Joe not only brings years of committed leadership to the presidency, but also empathy and humanity forged by his own personal experiences with tragedy and pain. Empathy and humanity sadly lacking in the current president.

At a time when the health of Americans is at risk, Joe’s fight to enact, sustain, and expand the Affordable Care Act and his leadership on the Cancer Moonshot demonstrate his commitment to health care as a right and not a privilege.

So many of us have watched in horror as Donald Trump refuses to take responsibility to keep Americans safe or provide necessary leadership during this pandemic.

Donald Trump and members of his administration have incited hatred of Asian Americans by calling the COVID-19 the “Chinese Virus” or “Kung Flu.”

These racist comments, amplified by the President’s allies on Fox News and the right-wing media, have contributed to an explosion of hate crimes targeting Asian Americans in this country.

I was proud to hear Vice President Biden’s forceful condemnation of Donald Trump’s racism. It supports efforts I’ve led in Congress to combat these hate crimes, fighting alongside allies like Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren. Joe demonstrates the principled leadership we need right now. This is the kind of humanity we need back in the Oval Office.

Joe is fighting for a more just, progressive future for our country. He knows where he came from, who he’s fighting for, and why. He knows what’s at stake in this election and just how hard we’re going to need to work. But he can’t do it alone. It’s up to each of us to get fired up, stay mobilized, and work every day for the next few months to elect Joe Biden the next President of the United States.

We’re in this together.

- Mazie

Joe is bringing it al together.
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