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Thursday, April 11, 2019

(CNN)Joe Biden's road to a third presidential bid has been lined with a series of explanations and apologies, illustrating the challenges of preparing a long record of public service for fresh scrutiny under the spotlight of the 2020 campaign. Yet he rarely discusses one of the earliest -- and most controversial -- issues he championed in the Senate: his fight against busing to desegregate schools. It was more than four decades ago as a battle raged across the country -- and in Congress -- over sending white students to majority-black schools and black students to majority-white schools often far away from their own neighborhoods. Biden forcefully opposed the government's role in trying to integrate schools, saying he favored desegregation, but believed busing did not achieve equal opportunity.

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Biden .... gotta love whats being dug up these days.

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Mattress bouncing around in the 40 year old past of busing issues while his Dear Leader coddles Nazis and cages brown kids today.

Some people really are so lacking in self-awareness as to be dangerous to others.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2019-04-12 12:01 AM | Reply

Lol. Makris is voting for Biden.

#2 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-04-12 06:55 AM | Reply

"Mattress bouncing around in the 40 year old past of busing issues while his Dear Leader coddles Nazis and cages brown kids today"

He fancies himself a revolutionary.

Nasty revolution.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-12 07:52 AM | Reply

At the end of all this Trump venal foolishness the world will be made safer for people like Steven Miller.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-12 08:07 AM | Reply

A lot of us sit around thinking up ways to vote conservative just so we don't come out with a liberal rating," Biden told Washingtonian in 1974. "When it comes to civil rights and civil liberties, I'm a liberal but that's it. I'm really quite conservative on most other issues."

If Biden wanted low marks from liberal groups, he got them. By 1978, Americans for Democratic Action, the preeminent liberal watchdog group of the time, gave Biden a score of just 50, lower than its ratings for some Republicans. Kennedy typically scored in the 90s.

Biden's ratings recovered in the 1980s, fueled by a liberal foreign policy record. But on domestic policy ? from school integration to tax policy ? he was functionally allied with the Reagan administration.

He voted for a landmark Reagan tax bill that slashed the top income tax rate from 70 percent to 50 percent and exempted many wealthy families from the estate tax on unearned inheritances, a measure that cost the federal government an estimated $83 billion in annual revenue. He then called for a spending freeze on Social Security in order to reduce the deficits that tax law helped to create.

"While this program is severe," Biden said on the Senate floor, "it is the only proposal that will halt the upward spiral of deficits," which supposedly threatened "an economic and political crisis of extraordinary proportions" within 18 months.

By the time Biden first ran for president in 1987, he had adopted much of Reagan's anti-government message in his pitch to Democratic voters.

#5 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-04-12 09:45 AM | Reply

#5 Link to article Punchy is quoting from:

Joe Biden's Biggest 2020 Problem Is Joe Biden

www.huffpost.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-12 10:44 AM | Reply

The party of racism.

#7 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-04-12 10:51 AM | Reply

" never-before-published letters"

Where did they come from? Which Democrat is dishing the dirt on Biden?

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-04-12 10:53 AM | Reply

Which Democrat is dishing the dirt on Biden?
#8 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

It is interesting, all the things coming out now, either its Biden getting the dirt out or Sanders....

The party of racism.
#7 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

FACT CHECK : true .....

New Monmouth poll in Iowa:

Biden - 27%
Sanders - 16%
Buttigieg - 9%
Warren - 7%
Harris - 7%
O'Rourke - 6%
Klobuchar - 4%
Booker - 3%
Castro - 2%
Yang - 1%
Delaney - 1%
Gillibrand - 1%
Ryan - 1%
Swalwell - 1%

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-12 11:01 AM | Reply

This gives Biden a chance to address his position on that issue.

He will have to address the myth that he was a segregationist and clarify he was against the busing program.

It was unrealistic to have a policy to bus kids from the closest school to a school further away....all in the name of integration.

nice idea...but too many folks were going to oppose it...and not just the families from the nicer neighborhoods and nicer schools.

#10 | Posted by eberly at 2019-04-12 11:05 AM | Reply

But too many folks were going to oppose it...and not just the families from the nicer neighborhoods and nicer schools.
#10 | POSTED BY EBERLY

Creating integrated school system was a disaster, DavidFrum's book How We Got Here: The '70s, dismantles the arguments for it. He doesn't need to explain it, its like explaining why the "projects" were a bad idea.

The issue is that the far left zealots always screaming racism won't let it go.

I posted this, more as a datapoint, on the ongoing war against Biden by someone on the left, that and I like popcorn.

#11 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-12 11:50 AM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY EBERLY

You beat me to it. It was a terrible idea.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-04-14 11:51 AM | Reply

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