Old Howard Union

72 – An Analysis of The HEROES Act; Introduced by House Democrats

 

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  1. The HEROES Act, full text –https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6800/text
  2. Summary of The HEROES Act – https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000172-09a9-dc3e-aff6-0dbd032c0000&nname=playbook-pm&nid=0000015a-dd3e-d536-a37b-dd7fd8af0000&nrid=0000015e-3de3-df04-a5df-bde7c2050000&nlid=964328
  3. Here Are the Differences Between the House and Senate Coronavirus Relief Bills https://nyti.ms/3hOaZsR

 

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71 – Biden, Why His Pick for Vice-President is Crucial

It is no understatement to say that Vice President Biden’s plans for if he makes it to the Presidency are ambitious. The prospect of keeping the house and possibly taking the senate leaves the door open to a chance to reform and revitalize the middle class and American workers. Looming behind this ambition? Who Vice President Biden will choose to be his Vice President. At 78 years old, this candidate will be one of the most consequential choices for President in history.

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1. Joe Biden’s Vice-Presidential Pick: Who’s in the Running? https://nyti.ms/2YZXzCb

2. The Real Reason Biden Is Ahead of Trump? He’s a Man https://nyti.ms/3g4znpp

3. Biden Tax Plan Targets Profitable Companies Paying Almost Nothing https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-tax-plan-targets-profitable-companies-that-pay-almost-nothing-11595848477

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Piece 61 – A Responsible, Progressive Agenda For The Here & Now By. Raimondo Graziano

A Responsible, Progressive Agenda For The Here & Now

By. Raimondo Graziano

         The American People are hurting. The current crisis aside, there are numerous challenges facing the people of this country from the costs of healthcare, to childcare and simply putting food on the table. The American People are in great need of a revival of their potential and of their capacity to both believe in themselves and act upon that belief. The vast majority of the people of this country are not seeking a fundamental revolution of our culture and ways and means of doing things. What they are concerned with is their potential, and their ability or lack thereof to provide a better future for their children. I am not saying that radical reforms are not needed, I am saying that how we get there will not be through ideological, political hardball. How we get there will be through pragmatism, through recognizing beliefs that differ from our own. By coming together to put aside differences and work for the needs of the American people. We in this country have allowed everything to become politicized; from governance, to the news, the media, and even the minute details of everyday life. People will always have their differences. Understanding and working with one another does not mean that, well, we must accept as well, ideas of hate and discrimination – No.

     Pragmatism does not mean capitulation. Compromise does not mean a surrendering of one’s ideals. It is the bedrock principle of a statesmen. One political party, whether it be Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, does not hold a monopoly on the truth or morality. However, we as a country must put an end to the idea that Progressivism is the sole property of the most liberal wing of the Democratic party. Lets look at that word, progressive. The definition is as follows; “happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.” What does it mean? Continuing, continuous, increasing, growing, developing, ongoing, intensifying, accelerating, escalating, gradual, step by step, cumulative. Such is the very course of history. The story of progress. We are all progressives, striving for a better and more prosperous tomorrow. Whether or not you are Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, we are all striving to progress our aims and agendas because we believe that our version of progress is the right and true path.

     Our problem is this – we often have a child’s mentality. No one has told the vast majority of adults in the proverbial room that not getting your way, is in fact, not the end of the world. Learning to live with loss is the characteristic of a rational adult. Stomping your foot on the ground and admonishing others because you feel that the world is not conforming to your own narrow worldview – whatever the idea – is a prime characteristic of a selfish child. Learning to bring together ideas and compromise on your proposals and thoughts for the greater good, not to satisfy yourself or the cries of those who share your beliefs alone, are the signs of a statesmen. The signs of a person who thinks not of their own people, but who thinks and acts for all. We can have a progressive agenda for the American people. One that cares for the American worker; from the East to the West Coast, from the Rust Belt to the South and from the warehouse worker to the postal worker. We can have an agenda which progresses the nation forward, boldly, into the 21st century, while bringing together any idea whose aim is to benefit the American people. If the policy is good for people, then it is good for the country. We need not accept this era of the supremacy of a singular idea that trumps all, we can resoundingly reject this politics of division and exclusion. We can bring about progress and allow the supremacy of this country’s’ ideals, and its people dictate the agenda – not the media and not political parties or the establishment. There is a way forward, a responsible embrace of progress for the people.

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63 – Why You Have to Vote For Joe Biden

Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party Nomination for President. There is much more at stake than one man in the Oval Office. It is not about the man, but about the office itself and what that means for numerous executive agencies and a Presidency stronger than at any other point in history. Put it simply – you have to vote for Joe Biden.

 

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1. David Axelrod and David Plouffe: What Biden Needs to Do to Beat Trump https://nyti.ms/2SvqQlS
• The former vice president is a man of vast experience in government. He ran the Recovery Act for President Obama in 2009 during the economic crash and was Mr. Obama’s active partner during other crises like the H1N1 pandemic that same year and the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
• Focus on content.Expand your digital footprint.Prepare for an onslaught.Deploy surrogates.Plan for a online convention. Organize, organize, organize. (But online.)Act like an insurgent, not an incumbent.
2. Biden’s Edge Evaporates as Trump Seen as Better Suited for Economy, Coronavirus Response, Poll Shows https://nyti.ms/3fnSlHM
• Democratic presidential nominee struggles for visibility with voters during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday. The opinion poll conducted on Monday and Tuesday found that 43% of registered voters said they would support Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential election, while 41% said they would back Trump. That makes the contest essentially a toss-up, as the results are within the poll’s credibility interval.
• The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,215 American adults, including 1,015 who identified as registered voters. It had a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
• 42% of Americans said they approved of Trump’s performance in office, and 53% said they disapproved.
• 37% percent said Trump was better leading the country’s coronavirus response, while 35% preferred Biden.
• 45% of Americans said Trump was better suited to create jobs, while 32% said Biden was the better candidate for that.
3. Biden Announces New Policy Efforts Aimed at Black Voters https://nyti.ms/3ds0B7Z
• As part of the wide-ranging plans, the former vice president pledged to open a new Public Credit Reporting Agency that could compete with Equifax Inc, Experian Plc and TransUnion and, according to the campaign, minimize racial disparities in lending.
• The former vice president also promised a new tax credit for first-time homeowners, $900 million over eight years to finance efforts to save 12,000 lives in high-crime cities as well as to expand the Small Business Administration’s efforts to lend money to African American-owned enterprises. Advocates say that few of those businesses have been able to tap federal relief programs during the coronavirus outbreak due to discriminatory lending practices.
• The policies announced on Monday include an expansion of the Community Reinvestment Act, a fair-lending law governing banks, to include mortgage and insurance companies.
4. Why Biden’s Choice of Running Mate Has Momentous Implications https://nyti.ms/3fbr6jH
• And Mr. Biden himself has increasingly pushed into the political foreground the overwhelming reason that his choice may be the most consequential in decades: the expectation, downplayed but not exactly denied by the Biden campaign, that the 77-year-old would be a one-term president. If that turns out to be the case, his running mate now could well be leading the Democratic ticket in four years.
• Stan Greenberg, a longtime Democratic pollster, has laid out a case to Mr. Biden’s inner circle that he should choose Ms. Warren to consolidate support across the Democratic coalition and drive up turnout among younger people and liberals, according to people familiar with Mr. Greenberg’s overtures. A polling presentation Mr. Greenberg shared with the Biden campaign cautioned that as of early April, supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders were “dangerously not” united behind Mr. Biden’s candidacy. Mr. Greenberg suggested that a strongly progressive message on the economy would resonate with those people.
5. Biden Makes Mark on Democratic Party With New Fundraising Deal https://www.wsj.com/articles/joe-biden-makes-mark-on-democratic-party-with-new-fundraising-deal-11587767071
• The former vice president on Friday formalized a joint fundraising agreement with the Democratic National Committee, allowing him to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from individual donors. He also installed Mary Beth Cahill, a former campaign manager for John Kerry in 2004, to lead the DNC through the fall campaign.
• The steps by Mr. Biden aim to build a united national party after the primaries and compete financially against Mr. Trump’s re-election team. The president’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and affiliated fundraising committees raised $63 million in March and had $244 million in the bank at the beginning of April.
• Mr. Biden and the DNC brought in a combined $79.3 million in March but started this month with $57 million in cash on hand, after accounting for the DNC’s $5 million in debts.
• The joint fundraising committee, which will be called the Biden Victory Fund, will allow an individual to make a maximum donation of $360,600. Of that amount, $5,600, the maximum any individual can give to the campaign for the primary and general election, will be earmarked for the Biden campaign. The rest goes to the national party. The joint committee allows donors to also support the party’s operations and the summer convention and to help cover legal expenses.
6. Biden Ramps Up Outreach to Liberals https://www.wsj.com/articles/joe-bidens-campaign-ramps-up-outreach-to-liberals-11587123001
• Mr. Biden’s policy plans include expanding Medicare to more Americans, and he has proposed new spending to fight climate change, but his proposals in both areas aren’t as sweeping as many liberals prefer. Ms. Sanders, who isn’t related to the Vermont senator but worked on his 2016 bid, said her message has been that Mr. Biden’s ideas are “in fact a bold platform.”
• The challenge facing Mr. Biden is to engage liberals in the party without jeopardizing the support of the older, more moderate voters who turned out in droves in suburban areas and helped make him the party’s presumptive nominee. Mr. Trump’s campaign is already seeking to paint Mr. Biden as too liberal for most voters.
• Mr. Biden was adopting into his education platform parts of her and Mr. Sanders’s 2017 bill proposing free college for families making less than $125,000 a year.

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Old Howard Union

61 – The Democrats Need To Focus & An Update

It has been quite some time! I give a few brief updates on my personal life as of late and speak on the need for the Democratic Party to change its messaging to appeal to a broader mass of Americans, and more importantly to refine their message from that of muddled and confused to clear, concise and direct.

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