Where did you go, Joe? Biden is largely absent as Trump tries navigating America through the coronavirus crisis – New York Daily News
On Capitol Hill, the coronavirus has ignited a furious debate, not simply about the price-tag of medical and economic action but about fundamental ideas: should every American have paid sick leave as a right and much more robust unemployment benefits? What are the regular, deep and permanent investments the country needs to make in basic physical and human infrastructure to cope with an inevitable future crisis, especially those likely to spring from climate change? Should taxpayers, once again, bail out corporate CEOs who squandered assets over many years on stock buy-backs and other machinations, wasting capital that could backstop a company right now?
It is, in fact, a debate about the importance of a functioning, well-funded government paid for with fair taxes — a principle Republicans have spent a half-century at war with, a campaign that Republicans have been so successful prosecuting that it hobbled the federal and local governments ability to grapple with the predicament we face.
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Optimistically, when we emerge from this crisis, the pandemic could be a turning point for renewed support among people for activist government, even in states where Republicans eviscerated social safety nets and basic services.
Joe Biden, showing zero leadership, and zero empathy, just like Trump.