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5 Other Things We’ll Learn About Biden After The Election

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For weeks, Joe Biden has played coy about whether he’d pack the Supreme Court with liberals should he win the White House and Democrats take control of the Senate. The media has largely ignored the issue, as they have anything that might harm Biden’s chances.

So what else isn’t Biden, or the press, telling us? What else will voters learn after they’ve cast their ballots? We can think of five things that, had voters known about them before Nov. 3, would have no doubt sapped support for Biden.

1. Biden is a far-left liberal with a big agenda. In his first debate with President Donald Trump, Biden seemed to distance himself from his party’s far left. He said he wasn’t in favor of the Green New Deal, and didn’t support Medicare for All. His entire campaign is built around saying nothing about what he’d do as president, other than be a nice guy.

Biden’s succeeded because on the few occasions where he’s answered questions from the media, they lob him softballs. But make no mistake, Biden is fully on board with his party’s far-left agenda, something we’ve been pointing out in these pages for months.

The Green New Deal that Biden says he opposes, for example, is contradicted by his own campaign website: “Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.”

Biden wants to eliminate carbon emissions from power plants by 2035, which is only five years later than the socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. He plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions for the entire country by 2050, which is the same deadline as the GND.

On Medicare for All, Biden has simply sidestepped the issue with his proposal to create a “public option” for everyone. Moderate Democrats rejected the public option in 2010 because they knew that it would quickly lead to the elimination of private insurance. Biden’s plan will reach the same destination as socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All.

Biden’s tax-and-spend plans are just as ambitious, and on social issues, Biden is as leftist as they get.

Should Biden win, he will be able to claim that he has a mandate to do all the things he’s never talked about during the campaign. And the press will be by his side screaming Mandate! Mandate!

2. Biden doesn’t have any plans to solve the COVID-19 problem. Biden endlessly claims that Trump fumbled his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, without ever saying what he’d do differently. When he has tried to make the case that he would have acted sooner, he comes up against his own contemporaneous statements undercutting his claims of better foresight.

Don’t be surprised, then, that Democrats and the press suddenly “discover” that the threat from COVID-19 has been exaggerated. They’ll point out that the CDC has been counting deaths with COVID-19, not from COVID-19.

They’ll further note that the deaths that have occurred were almost entirely concentrated among the old and very ill. They’ll discover that schools can and should reopen without posing undue risk. They’ll note that the case fatality rate has been steadily dropping. They’ll point to evidence that shutdowns don’t work. They’ll call for calm and for people to get back to their normal lives. And the press will suddenly lose interest in coronavirus death counts.  

3. The economy has been doing much better than the public had been led to believe. Back in 1992, when George H.W. Bush was running for reelection, the press treated the economy as though it were in another depression, which just so happened to coincide with Bill Clinton’s campaign messaging. As soon as the election was over, coverage of the economy suddenly became more upbeat, and the public learned that the very mild recession had ended way back in March 1991. (A study of press coverage found that in October 1992, more than 90% of the economic news was negative. After the election, only 14% of the economic news was negative.)

Should Biden win, expect the press to reveal that, lo and behold, the recovery from the coronavirus shutdown had been much stronger than expected. They’ll highlight the fact that unemployment is well below the “experts” forecasts, and that GDP growth in the third quarter was well into the double digits. None of this could get reported before the election because it would have helped Trump.

4. There are some “concerns” about Biden’s mental abilities. It’s not hard to find evidence of Biden’s cognitive decline. All you have to do is watch him. He managed to keep it together during his debate with Trump and in the oh-so-friendly town hall meeting. But at almost every other event, Biden’s struggles with memory are abundantly clear.

The topic, however, has been ignored by the press because, well you know why. If Biden wins, this will suddenly become an acceptable topic of conversation, especially when there’s a far more reliably leftist vice president waiting in the wings.

5. Hate-filled politics wasn’t caused by Trump. Last, the public will soon learn that Trump wasn’t the source of the hateful politics on display over the past four years. The cause of the hatred, the bitterness, the violence, had nothing to do with Trump’s personality. It had to do with his embrace of conservative policies.

Make no mistake, whoever espouses limited government, lower taxes, greater individual freedom – even if they have the demeanor of Mr. Rogers – will be branded as a hate-mongering fascist worthy of censorship, bullying, and violence.

This is all speculation, of course. But it’s speculation based on decades of observations.

There is one thing we know for certain. If Trump wins against all expectations, Democrats will say he cheated, that the Russians helped him, that he should be immediately impeached. And there will be riots across the nation.

Editor’s note: We had inadvertently put George H.W. Bush’s reelection year as 1996, although the rest of the paragraph made it clear we were referring to 1992. It’s been corrected.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • To add to the above information by the I&I Editorial Board I would urge all of you to go to You Tube and watch yesterday’s interview on the Mark Levin Show with Rudy Giuliani! It will give you just some of the information that the media is trying to keep away from us. Well worth the time. Do it!

    • Yes, I watched the first 15 minutes, I just can’t take Giuliani seriously, it’s a shame that he was the pointman here.

      But, I don’t not have a more effective substitute to offer so, it is what it is…

      • Unfortunately, like many people who watch mainstream media and believe what they hear, you’ve been assigned your opinion. Rudy — America’s Mayor post 9-11, the guy who restored law and order in NYC — has been smeared and libeled by the media taking their marching orders from the Leftist establishment.

    • Interesting Fox never ran his show last night. They ran the Trump rally at 8, Levin’s usual time. Then it was set for 11 p.m., but that turned out to be the Greg Gutfeld Show. What gives? Did Fox chicken out? I will watch it on You Tube.

  • Well noted and warned. Sociopathy is the real pandemic in America. When criminality has no fear of reprisals, it flourishes as a cancer metastasizes and kills the host, in this case, American society.

    And it is sociopathy: relentless lying, causing chaos harm and death, showing no remorse for consequences caused, and brutal mocking and disdaining healthy accepted boundaries set by society for generations.

    When people reflexively cower and kneel to hate and lust for power, life as we knew it for independence, autonomy, choice, and most importantly, hope and faith, is not lost, but crushed and discarded.

    The Left is a sociological cancer, and it won’t be simply excised, no, it needs to die it’s intended death by letting it exhaust its nutrients and supports.

    Healthy responsible caring attentive Americans need to move on, and let the Left kill themselves. Far from our view!.

  • GHW did not run for re-election in 1996. How can you make that error and expect to be taken seeiously.

  • who gives a crap if a comment contains a word(s) with “all caps”? how do you feel about no caps or zero punctuation ornospaces. Lift your ridiculous restriction and allow people to express themselves. If using ” all caps” offends the sensitivities of some they are not forced to read it. As in, if you don’t like what you are watching then simply change the channel.

    • Since I&I is so concerned about comment formatting they might consider using a better tool: DISQUS allows HTML and whatever’s the comment tool on ZH is absolutely first-rate.

      The bellyache about using caps for emphasis is the only thing that’s small-time about i&I, though the choice of WP and it’s clunky interface is a close second.

      • You can use HTML on this platform to emphasize words. Also I would submit that your own comments show that you can get your point across perfectly well without ever having to hit the Caps Lock key.

      • I am unfamiliar with HTML. And yes, I am capable. I still think your rule is for teaching elementary students. So I will wish you and your site success and say good bye.

  • Based on the debate topics, Trump will have little opportunity to highlight Biden’s big tax, big spend agenda.

  • It’s astonishing that you didn’t include in the list of items we will learn about Biden after the election, the corruption of his son Hunter and how the whole Biden family profits. That doesn’t even consider the compromising emails from his computer that likely will show Hunter with underage girls in China. Talk about blackmail, China will have it all over Joe Biden.

    • Not likely; it’s on those HDs. And all the payoffs, etc. It’s so huge, so beyond huge, that I guarantee you that not a damn thing will ever be done about it, because it would cause a purge of at least 1/3 of our government. See the links at BustedKnuckles, the post with Chanel Rion in the picture.

  • A Biden administration and the media will also discover that inquiries into Obama-era irregularities (say nothing of illegalities) vis-à-vis the 2016 election (Crossfire, et al.), and all questions about overseas Biden-family buckraking, are much ado about nothing. AG Barr and prosecutor Durham will be frog-marched out of the DOJ within minutes of Joe’s inauguration, inquiries along these lines will be immediately halted, and any adverse findings stuffed down the nearest memory hole. US Attorneys (& their staffs) who evinced the slightest tolerance to Trump will be fired, en masse.

    If Trump wins a second term, I’d love for his victory speech to conclude with a commitment to expand the Supreme Court with a half-dozen more of his Federalist picks! Mind you, I don’t want him to actually follow through with this, I just want to witness Dems’ apoplectic fits!

  • It’s not so much Biden alone, although he’s driving the car. It’s the other clowns packed inside who will prove to be the most dangerous.

  • I disagree with your concluding paragraph, “If Trump wins against all expectations, Democrats will say he cheated, that the Russians helped him, that he should be immediately impeached. And there will be riots across the nation.”

    All that is true, it’s just that the riots will not depend on whether Trump wins or not. The Left has made it very clear that if Trump does not concede defeat on election night, the riots will begin then. And they will make last summer’s riots look like a minor-league scrimmage.

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