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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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POLL: Trump finally dipping to high thirties: Biden 46, Trump 38.


Looking better, but need Biden plus 50 and Trump minus 40. Can't believe he still is in the 40s by any measure. Looking for a conflation of GE-Disapproval Biden 56%, Trump 38%, Then I will feel more comfortable!

General Election: Unfortunately it is an All Adults not a likely Voters.
Biden 46% (compared with a 2-point Biden lead in Reuters/Ipsos polling last week)
Trump 38%

Approval Rating:

Disapprove: 56% (+5 from mid=April)
Approve: 41% (-4 from mid-April)

Not much good news for Trump down the line, but it is still early for GE nationwide predictions.

GE Thread: Trump's ratings still tanking. Monmouth University Poll.

43% approve (44% in April)
51% disapprove (49%)

Trump’s response to #COVID19 outbreak:
42% good job (46% in April / 50% in March)
51% bad job (49% / 45%)https://www.monmouth.edu/polling-institute/reports/monmouthpoll_US_050520/

Biden Camp Finds Selling Point in Ailing Economy: His Work on 2009 Recovery

Glenn Thrush, ,The New York Times•May 5, 2020

It sort of made him
. Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman who served as Obama’s transportation secretary
First portion snip. Read more at the link.

Joe Biden had just been sworn in as vice president. All he needed now was a job.

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama had assured Biden that he would be consulted on every major decision. But many on the new president’s team were still Biden-skeptical, and Obama was not sure the meandering former senator had the discipline to be an effective governing partner, people close to both men said.

So, during a private lunch in February 2009, Biden slid a memo across the table to Obama, outlining a role to erase those doubts: quarterbacking the implementation of the $787 billion economic stimulus that had been rammed through Congress a few days earlier in the depths of recession.

“Sounds good to me,” said Obama, barely glancing at the memo, according to two people familiar with the exchange.

Obama was already pivoting to health care reform, so why not encharge Biden? As it turned out, Biden’s work on the rollout, implementation, oversight and selling of the 2009 stimulus — officially the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — was the most sustained, and perhaps the most significant, assignment of his time in office.

Eleven years later, in an election season defined by a pandemic, economic collapse and a far-larger relief package, Biden’s campaign is hoping to leverage his stewardship of the 2009 stimulus as a point of contrast with President Donald Trump — whose White House is pushing back at congressional oversight of $2.7 trillion in new spending even as a host of problems has emerged, especially chaos in the small-business loan program.

“The central question of this election will be who can dig us out of a historic economic hole, so his leadership of the recovery act should be his core résumé selling point,” said David Plouffe, Obama’s top political adviser and a Biden surrogate.

An examination of that critical two-year period, drawn from interviews with 30 people involved in the effort, offers a glimpse of Biden’s strengths as a manager — his enthusiasm, focus on detail and knack for leading a first-rate team that moved the money out quickly and minimized waste and fraud. It was “one big competence test,” and Biden aced it, his longtime lieutenant, Ron Klain, said in an interview.

But the stimulus says more about the kind of vice president Biden was than about the kind of president he would be. While he became the expediter-in-chief and offered Obama advice and tactical suggestions, he made none of the major strategic calls about the size and composition of the program, aides said. Nor did he seriously push Obama — as he is now pressuring Trump — to fight for a bigger funding package, even though former officials said he conceded the stimulus was probably too small.

There was nothing ambiguous, though, about the impact of the stimulus on Biden’s political fortunes.

“It sort of made him, to be honest, in the eyes of the Obama people,” said Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman who served as Obama’s transportation secretary.

He did it once as VP, we need him do do it again as President. President of all Americans, not just red state Trumpicans.
He will beat Trump like a drum.
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