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Sunday, September 26, 2021

NWO - Bidenism

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“We are currently experiencing what medical professionals have resorted to calling a PANDEMIC OF THE UNVACCINATED.” We know vaccines are safe and effective. We know wearing masks in enclosed areas like schools, washing hands regularly, using sanitizer, and social distancing work. Even so, an alliance of idiots and evil profiteers seek to convince people otherwise. Articles like THIS and THIS spread misinformation, ably backed up by enormously influential media outlets like Fox News.
- Help Us Fight the Two-Front War against COVID-19 and its Allies, Center For Inquiry, August 30, ,2021

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After LISTENING TO PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SPEECH last week DEMONIZING THE UNVACCINATED (from covid-19) Americans:

We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.

I’m pretty convinced UNCLE JOE is as much to be FEARED as President Trump.  Probably a lot more, but I’m TRYING TO BE OPTIMISTIC.

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Liberty Vs Fascism: Your Choice

By Austin Craig
Seeking Alpha
September 9, 2021

Summary

A President preaches sedition against states and the elected leaders.

We are at a cross roads. Liberty & religious freedom of choice, vs the nanny state (ah la 1984).

Employment blackmail.

The vax is safe and effective. so much so that we all need to be forcefully jabbed.

I’m going to go on a bit of a rant here and if you are not inclined to read about liberty and freedom on choice I would urge you to stop reading now. This is going to get political (and poorly worded). Politics impact investments and they impact our lives but more so this is a post about liberty and freedom of religion.We are at a cross roads as a nation. Do we go down the road of fascism or do we maintain the Republic of the United States? Do we descend further into 1984 or do we draw the line as PICARD WOULD SAY?

Covid Hysteria as a Power Play

Covid mania has impacted our society. Yet once you look at the numbers it is fractionally more lethal than the common cold (.026 of 1% vs .01 for the cold). Obviously this ramps up as you age but so do comorbidities. So what is all fuss about? Power. It is all about power and control.

A President Preaches Sedition Against The States

sedition - NOUN conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.

In Biden’s speech he actually called out state governors who are trying to protect the rights of its citizens. He stated that employees, guilty of rebellion (by disreguarding the law), should continue to disreguard the law) and that if any state educator has lost wages for continuing to ignore the law of the land he shall pay them the lost wages “100%” because he has their back. Never mind the American citizens stuck in the everexpanding disaster that is called Afganistan might disgree on how much of your back Joe has.The point is Joe is preaching sedition against the states.

Blackmail

No jab, no job. Biden is unable to legally force everyone to get the jab hence he is going after the power of the purse in a bid to try to make those that refuse the jab to become unemployed. Yet he has the nerve to call state governors who tell employees “You have a choice to wear a mask and so do your students”. He labels them “bullies” yet in a moment of irony is guilty the same in blackmailing workers. No jab, no job.

Lawsuits

I suspect we are going to see a virtual storm of lawsuits across America and thankfully so but these will take time and by then you will have employees fired for refusing to deny liberty and engage in religious discrimination. If you have endured this much then you deserve a reward. Abott (ABT) might be a play here based on home test kits.

The Natural Vax & Fascism

After some debate with a friend you can call covid a flu or a cold. Maybe something inbetween. I’m sure someone smarter can try to define the chimera virus but for simplicity I’ll call it a cold.Colds mutate, hence jabs do not fully work. To make maters worse according to the Israelies the jab only offers diminishing protection. By 6 months it is only at 16% ... hence the CDC is wanting to jab not at a year as previously stated or 9 months but now we are down to 6 months much over the protests of the FDA.No where in Joes speech did he once mention the superior natural vax… which simply getting the cold.So enjoy the circus, enjoy the power play, enjoy the madness. Never would I have thought we would be at the door of fascism. Do we close this door or step though it?

Disclosure: I/we have a beneficial long position in the shares of ABT either through stock ownership, options, or other derivatives.

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Biden’s Vaccine Fiat Forges a Fascist Pharma Corporate State

By Connor Mortell
Mises Institute
September 9, 2021

About six months ago, I wrote an article here explaining that STATE PREEMTIONS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARE A BAD THING - EVEN WHEN RON DESANTIS DOES IT. I vehemently stand by these principles. However, it is now time for Ron DeSantis to take that principle of decentralized control and run with it - against the Biden administration. Just as it is acceptable to see local governments passing laws in defiance of their state, it is now time for the states to pass laws in defiance of the federal government. This is because on September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that all employers with one hundredplus employees will be required to mandate vaccines or weekly negative covid tests.

Never in my lifetime has something occurred that was so egregiously opposed to Misesian concepts of liberalism and freedom. In fact, this is directly in line with perhaps the most opposite ideology to liberalism: fascism. Benito Mussolini said himself that “Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” In today’s political discourse, people abuse the word fascism and sometimes even cite this definition of corporatism while stretching it somewhat from the truth. However, the state requiring that businesses require the vaccine from one of three large corporations that were propped up by the state is undoubtedly the merger of state and corporate power that Mussolini dreamed of.

In my earlier-mentioned piece criticizing DeSantis’s intervention remitting fines passed by local governments in regard to local covid regulations, I had two main issues with the order. First, was a preference for localism, citing the president of the Mises Institute, Jeff Deist, who claimed that Insisting on universal political arrangements is a huge tactical mistake for libertarians.Ӕ This concern is even more true as it relates to Bidens newest announcement, as this is simply another universal political arrangement, now expanding to the national level. My other concern was that the a sweeping universal political arrangement like this - even in the best-case scenario, when the decision is hypothetically good for everyone with no costsets a precedent that the central state now has authority over that issue.

Right now, take a moment to think of the issue that is by and far most important to you. We all have one. Then think of the politician that threatens that more than anything. Do you want that individual to have this precedent to rely on when he or she takes power one day?

Luckily, the solution to this was described by the great TOM WOODS:

Nullification is the Jeffersonian idea that the states of the American Union must judge the constitutionality of the acts of their agent, the federal government, since no impartial arbiter between them exists.

Many businesses across the country will act in civil noncompliance, but that is simply not enough. If one wants to see this end, states across the country will have to undoubtedly reject this. I am not here to make any criticisms of the vaccine. I still stand by my initial piece that these bans on mom-and-pop shops wanting not to run the risk of interacting with unvaccinated individuals is a dangerous threat to liberty. However, I’d argue that any act of nullification at this point has little or nothing to do with the vaccine or the pandemic. We are now facing one simple question: Will we accept or reject a precedent for the merger of state and corporate power? If we choose to reject it, then the governors of the free state of Florida as well as New York, the governors of Texas as well as California, all these governors alike must stand firm against this tragedy.

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This is Why Biden’s Presidency is Failing
Even Joe Biden Doesn’t Seem to Know What Bidenism Is - And the Result is a Mess

By Umair Haque
Eudamonia
September 23, 2021

In case it’s not obvious - and don’t kill me for saying it - Joe Biden’s in a mess. His agenda’s in a mess. And his approval ratings in freefall as a result. His fanbase of liberals notwithstanding - who regard him as something of a saint, above questioning and criticism, which is deeply unhealthy - the average American, and the average person around the globe seems to be thinking, saying: what happened joe? We expected better than this.

Let me first outline how Biden’s agenda is a mess, and then explain why.

On the domestic front, all of Biden’s big initiatives are stalling. Social spending, pharmaceutical reform, immigration reform, antitrust - they’ve all hit the shoals. The Democrats cant seem to discipline the two thorns in their side, SINEMA AND MANCHIN, Senators who’ve stopped progress on all these fronts dead - and that’s before we even get to the Republicans.

On the global front, Biden’s had a disastrous summer. Chaos ensued in Afghanistan - whether or not leaving was the right decision, leaving this way PROVED TO BE CATASTROPHIC. Then Biden proceeded to alienate, well, all of Europe, by signing an arms deal with Australia and the UK, behind Europes back. Meanwhile, Covid still rages around the globe, not to mention in America, and “climate change,” aka global warming, intensifies by the season.

The world’s confidence in Biden has been badly, badly shaken. And so has Americas. Biden’s losing the confidence of, to name just a few, key allies, leaders, institutions, and people around the world. That is not a good thing. Because you know where this ends: Biden could end up being a one-term President.

So. Is Biden’s summer of doldrums an anomaly, or trend? To ask that question another way, why is Biden’s agenda in a mess?

The answer to that question is deceptively simple, and painful to have to say out loud. Bidens agenda is in a mess because BidenҒs agenda is a mess. What do I mean by that? Its incoherent. ItҒs inconsistent. It’s flatly illogical, in many places. And it’s not nearly brave, bold, or daring enough - at least at this juncture in history. The world needs a much more visionary America, and America needs to be that country, too.

Every President has - or ends up having - a governing philosophy. Even if they dont say so, it can be clearly discerned from their actions. What was GWBҒs? Shoot first, ask questions later. Clintons? Compromise with the Republicans to the point that many policies were indistinguishable. ObamaҒs? A kinder, gentler version - on the surface - of free markets and American capitalism.

So what is Bidenism?

The problem is that Bidenism is itself inconsistent. It wants to achieve big goals - which means, formally, in this arena, structural socio-economic transformation, without institutional reform and revolution. But thats probably not possible. Hence, Biden is ending up mired in a maze of inconsistencies and incoherences - from which there’s probably no way out, unless his fundamental governing philosophy changes.

Let me explain, with an example.

Biden recently GOT UP IN FRONT OF THE UN, and preached, if not outright demanded, more global cooperation, on issues like global warming and inequality and so forth - all the great Existential Challenges of the 21st century. The world was baffled by this. Why? Well, it was Biden who just SIGNED AN ARMS DEAL with Australia and the UK, alienating Europe and China. Guess who the two most crucial parties are in fighting global warming and inequality and all the rest? That’s right, Europe and China.

So theres Biden, demanding more global cooperation on the one hand - and yet not demonstrating or leading by example with the other, in fact doing the very opposite, not cooperating globally. In case itҒs not obvious, global cooperation at this juncture in human history doesn’t mean more arms deals. You can’t drop a nuclear bomb on climate change. It’s fruitless.

The world was BEWILDERED by Biden because of this weird level of inconsistency. The lack of self-awareness about it, too. People around the globe and their leaders don’t hate Biden, or scorn him, the way they did Trump. They like him. But they’re baffled. How can he not see that his own agenda is badly inconsistent? How can you demand global cooperation on common problems the week - literally - after you just alienated half the world… for missiles and bombs? What the?

So after Biden gave this speech, mostly, the world shook its head. What to make of this President? He doesn’t seem to be a bad guy, a fascist, a megalomaniac, like Trump. ButsomethingŒs wrong. Is he really so oblivious he doesnt see the mismatch between his words҅and his actions? And why is that glaring mismatch there in the first place?

Let me give you another example, to make my abstract point about not being able to socioeconomic transformation with institutional reformation and revolution much more concrete.

Biden says that he wants to stop Covid. Hell agree that weҒre not doing a good enough job as a world on it. And yet Americas still right there at the WTO enforcing vaccine patents.

This is badly, badly inconsistent. America is the most powerful country in the world. If Biden really wanted to stop Covid, heҒd tell Americas WHO delegation to stop enforcing vaccine patents. Sure, heҒd get blowback from Big Pharma. So what?

This goes way further than simply being inconsistent. Its worse: itҒs illogical. Covid vaccines dont deserve patent protection. Why not? Because pharmaceutical companies did not develop them. Who did? They were created - all of them - at public institutions, with public funds, by public officials, by researchers, professors, labs. Covid vaccines are pure public goods. That means that they deserve to be shared as widely as possible, because that is how the most benefit from them accrues to everyone. I benefit when you take a vaccine, and when some poor kid in Africa has one, too. That is how we prevent new, vaccine resistant variants from developing. That is how we eliminate Covid.

Let me say it again. Covid vaccines do not deserve patent protection because pharmaceutical giants did not create them. They only manufacture them. There is a world of difference. It therefore makes precisely zero sense to grant patents for Covid vaccines - all it does is prevent really stopping Covid. It makes even less sense to have an army of well-paid lawyers at the WTO enforcing all this illogic and stupidity.

Now, Americans don’t quite get this. Nobody much teaches it to them. They really believe, most of them, that vaccine patents are good and sensible and so on. But the world sees all this with glaring precision. What does the world see? An America that doesnt care about it at all. That is happy to let it die of a pandemic for no good reason. That wonҒt share vaccines, even though theyre public goods, and instead has created gigantic capitalist monopolies over them.

WhatҒs the net result of all that? The world’s confidence in Biden is plummeting, just like his approval rating in America. Don’t think that just because countries are poor, they dont see hypocrisy, illogic, and stupidity. Of course they do - often more sharply than rich ones. The world sees the rank illogic of Biden’s policy on vaccines, which is so illogical, in fact, let me spell out all the levels clearly now.

Biden wants to stop Covid, but he won’t give the world vaccines, because his administration is paying armies of lawyers a fortune to enforce patents that shouldn’t exist in the first place, since pharma companies didnt create vaccines. Now put yourself in the shoes of someone from, say, Malaysia or Peru or Pakistan. What would you feel? Anger? Disappointment? Disgust? All the above. And then China would step in, and give you vaccines. See how America loses this way?

All those are examples of what I mean by “Bidenism is incoherent and inconsistent.” Why enforce vaccine patents which shouldn’t exist? That trickles down into a larger failure that affects Americans. Why is America wracked by Covid all over again? New variant. Where do new variants come from? Undervaccinated populations. Whos that? The entire rest of the world, apart from rich white nations.

What does all that do? It gives Red Staters a feeling of smug validation, even though they might not know it. The world isnt taking vaccines - so why should they? If vaccines were so great, why isn’t there a push to give them to everyone on earth, like there was for smallpox and polio? Maybe the conspiracy theories are true, they imagine.

Biden reinforces the worst tendencies of Americans through inconsistencies - because Red Staters are looking for the tiniest chink through to place the sword of folly and ignorance. And Bide’s giving them ignorance, licensing it, by pretending that enforcing vaccine patents which shouldnҒt exist is perfectly reasonable. Ignorance is ignorance, and when a President ignores reality - then why shouldn’t Red Staters?

Now let’s come to some domestic inconsistencies. Here we need to speak a little brutal plain English. Biden and the Dems will tell you that their domestic agenda is sweeping and grand. It’s not. What’s grand and sweeping. The New Deal was. How big was it? It was equivalent to 40% of the country’s GDP.

Bidenism isn’t even close to that number. His social spending program is maybe, maybe about 10% of GDP over ten years. That’s 1% a year. The New Deal makes that look miniscule - because it is.

Biden’s great inconsistency domestically is this. You can have socioeconomic transformation without investing enough in it. Without building new institutions to manage and incentivise and ignite it. But… can you?

Let me make clearer what I mean. There was never a better time - never - for America to have finally created an American Healthcare System, like Britains NHS, than during Covid. Millions of people needed vaccines, and still do. Millions need long-term care. Right then - right now - is when there should be a push for a whole new institution - an American Healthcare System.

Yes, I know Republicans will oppose it. I know that people on Biden’s own side will, too. Thats obvious. But the job of a leader is not to back down before the fight. Not to step out of the ring before the bell has even rung.

Let me give you another example. What was the best time in recent history to have created a whole new set of financial institutions? What kind do I mean? Banks get - and this is true - endless free money, simply deposited into their accounts at the Fed. WHY DON’T YOU AND I AND EVERY AMERICAN HAVE ACCOUNTS AT THE FED? Why don’t you and I and every American have accounts at the Fed? Why do we have to use private banks - which have a monopoly over capital? Wouldn’t it be more competitive for them to have to outdo the public one? Maybe then they’d finally have a reason to do their job, instead of plunder everyones savings every decade or so, by needing yet another bailout.

See what I mean? America could have a financial system that really showed the world what was possible, what the future looked like, what reimagination was. Everyone gets an account at the central bank. Zap - money’s deposited into it. You can use it for free, and you get a credit line, too, because “debt” is just you borrowing money from me, with hedge funds in the way.

When was the best time to do all that? When Americans needed to get money monthly from the government, because the economy was shutdown due to Covid. But there was no call - none - in the Biden administration to use that as an opportunity for necessary reimagination. So now Americas right back where it began - crippled and hobbled by an obsolete, predatory financial system, which, among other things, charges people interest rates in the thousands of percent, burdens students for life, makes healthcare unaffordable, and has created a nation of debtors who die in debt.

See the problem here? Biden talks a good game about “Building Back Better."But his team doesn’t really know how. All the stuff I’ve discussed with you is way beyond them. If I sat down with Biden’s economics guys, and sketched out the new financial system above - which Americans desperately need - they’d look at me like I’m from Mars. But I’m not from Mars. I’m from Washington, DC, and most of them are, too. But there’s a difference between us.

Biden’s team is made of consummate INSIDERS. And like most insiders, these ones seem to have severe, severe deficits of creativity, imagination, daring, audacity, and self-awareness. Biden left Afghanistan in chaos because Blinken assured him it would be OK - meanwhile, literally anyone with experience in the region, which isnt Blinken, could have told you that doing it this way would lead to disaster. That theme [ inept insiders, with no little to no real-world experience, and less daring, less boldness - is a continual one.

Hence, Biden preaches “Build Back Better” - but they don’t do it. Because they don’t seem to grasp what it must really mean, if its to work. It can’t just be about roads and bridges or even hospitals and schools - but what creates them. Institutions. No institutional transformation, no socioeconomic renewal. It takes financial systems and public agencies to build roads and bridges - better ones. It takes healthcare systems to make hospitals work - better ones.

Biden’s had golden opportunity after opportunity to really Build Back Better. To spearhead true institutional transformation. A healthcare system like Canada or Britain has (even though both countries are on the cusp of destroying theirs.) A financial system that should be the envy of the world again. A foreign policy that isn’t beholden to corporate interests like the WTO. A whole new set of mechanisms for true global cooperation.

Let me leave you with a final example. Biden could have been remembered as the man who eliminated Covid. He could have sat down with every leader in the world, and said: you’re getting this many vaccines, at this time. Agree? Good, thanks. Then he could have turned to Bezos, Zuck, and Elon Musk, and said: EACH OF YOU COULD END COVID SINGLE-HANDEDLY. Contribute, or face the wrath of my executive pen.

Boom. Covid over. It would have been relatively easy. But Biden lackedsomething. Courage? Stomach? Guts? Skin in the game? Vision? It’s hard to say what that deficit in him was and is, still. But instead, Biden did something else. Something disappointing. Something weird. He enforced vaccine patents which shouldn’t exist in the first place. The world is baffled and bewildered by all this. But it wont be baffled for long. It’s already asking - like many Americans are:

Which Joe Biden is the real one? The one who preaches reformation and transformation and progress? Or the man who, time and again, backs down from it, and backs the status quo instead? Like enforcing vaccine patents instead of vaccinating the world.

Were finding out. The answer, my friend, isnҒt pretty. Theres time yet for Biden to change this disastrous course. But only if he and his team begin to understand that this course is disastrous. Because inconsistency and incoherence, as any engineer, logician, or true leader can tell you, only end in one place. Implosion.

Umair
September 2021

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Biden’s First Year Proves He Is Still a “Corporate Socialist” Beholden to Big Business

By Ralph Nader
Democracy Now
January 20, 2022

As President Biden marks one year in office, we speak with former four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader and The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, who say Biden has failed so far to sell his agenda to the American people and bring about the transformative policy he campaigned on - from quelling the pandemic to passing his landmark Build Back Better legislation. The two also critique the U.S. mainstream press for asking “war-inciting questions,” with Nader saying “the self-censorship of the press is overwhelming.”

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AMY GOODMAN: We spend the rest of the hour looking at Bidens agenda so far, after he entered office reeling from the violent January 6th insurrection and in the middle of a deadly pandemic, is now facing a new surge in COVID-19, among other challenges.

We’re joined by two guests. Ralph Nader, longtime consumer advocate, corporate critic, a four-time presidential candidate, hes the author of many books, including Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think. And continuing with us, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher of The Nation magazine, columnist for The Washington Post.

Ralph Nader, lets begin with you. If you can respond to what we just heard - to say the least, you’re a critic of how Democrats and Republicans deal with elections in this country - and what happened yesterday, and then move on to, overall, what President Biden said yesterday?

RALPH NADER: Well, the two-hour news conference was deliberate. I think he wanted to show his stamina. And he had a great opportunity to communicate a lot of important things, which he didn’t do.

By the same token, the media did not make itself proud. It had a very narrow range of questions, and huge areas were never asked. They never asked about climate disruption and the Republican opposition to doing anything about it. They didn’t ask about the military budget, where Congress gave Biden $24 billion more than the Pentagon even asked for. They didn’t ask about the drain on the Treasury from hundreds of billions of dollars of corporate welfare, which is a kind of corporate socialism. They didn’t ask about the corporate crime wave that is ripping off consumers and exploiting labor in this country and has been reported around the country. And he didn’t raise those questions, either.

They raised the antitrust issue - he raised it, properly, for meatpacking companies controlling and the pricing of meat products. But no one asked him: Well, if hes so keen on antitrust and anti-monopoly policy, why isn’t he demanding larger budgets? There are very few federal antitrust cops on the corporate monopoly beat at the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice.

Most interestingly, the press didn’t ask about what his attorney general is going to do to prosecute Donald Trump. We’ve written letters to Merrick Garland listing one criminal federal statute after another that he openly and brazenly violated, including political events on the White House lawn, which is a crime under the Hatch Act. No answer whatsoever. No special counsel being appointed to investigate and recommend prosecution of this criminal recidivist Donald J. Trump, who has never seen a law that he hasnt violated.

So, if you look at the big picture, it was a very disappointing press conference from both sides - the issues that Biden didn’t raise and the dittohead-type narrow range of questions from the media.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Ralph, one of the issues that Biden did address was, of course, the pandemic. If you could respond to the comments he did make on the pandemic, and the fact that, you know, what’s happened since last May the Biden administration supported a waiver of the COVID-19 vaccines, and Public Citizen, that has come out with a study showing that within a year, 8 billion doses of an mRNA vaccine could be produced for $23 billion - I mean, what more could the Biden administration be doing?

RALPH NADER: Well, they could be leading an international consortium to spend that modest amount for vaccination throughout the Third World. They could be playing much tougher against the drug companies that are being subsidized to levels of profiteering Pfizer, Moderna - and exerting their patent monopoly rights and blocking wider manufacturing of these medicines. They haven’t done that. The report

AMY GOODMAN: Lets talk about that, Ralph. I want to talk specifically about this. I mean, Public Citizen is one of the groups that you founded

RALPH NADER: Yes.

AMY GOODMAN:  that put out that report, and, interestingly, doesn’t call the Moderna vaccine the “Moderna vaccine.” They call it the “NIH-Moderna vaccine,” like you talk about Pfizer-BioNTech, because NIH that is, the people’s health institute of this country, taxpayer-funded had their scientists working on this, as well, provided enormous amount of resources. So, if you can talk specifically, while President Biden was asked, you know, about providing the vaccines to the world, what he specifically could demand, for example, of Moderna, who got the money at the front end, and Pfizer, that was promised the money at the back end, in terms of sharing the recipe, the formula, with factories and manufacturers around the world that are used to producing drugs but just simply don’t have those recipes?

RALPH NADER: Well, the federal government has long had the authority to break these patents in times of emergency, which is clearly the case. He’s not doing it. The World Health Organization has authority to do it, as well. And as Public Citizen reported, we’re talking about $35 billion, which is only a third of Apple corporations stock buyback last year, $90 billion.

So, there wouldn’t be a vaccine without the National Institutes of Health research over the last 25 years. All the basic research is funded by the taxpayer, and the taxpayer doesn’t get much of a return. The taxpayer is basically funding corporate patent monopolies over these drugs. They’re not just the vaccines here but a whole range of drugs. The taxpayer is funding all kinds of drug research and development, so that the drug companies can export their manufacturing of drugs to China and India. We have a national security problem here: There are no antibiotics manufactured in the U.S. And there’s no penicillin manufactured in the U.S. It’s imported from China and India under very inadequate Food and Drug Administration inspection.

So, yeah, I mean, he should make a - he made a big deal saying he’s not a socialist like Bernie Sanders. He is a corporate socialist, completely. He has always, in his career Joe Biden - supported subsidies, handouts, giveaways, bailouts, without any challenge. And hes continuing to do that.

And the reporters didn’t take him to task there. The reporters, either they’re not doing their homework or they’re full of taboos. I mean, they never raise the corporate supremacy over our country. There isnt a single agency in the federal government that isnҒt influenced maximally by corporate lobbies. And Congress is swarmed by corporate lobbies. You have 500 drug company lobbyists full-time assigned to Congress, and there are 535 members of Congress. And these corporations are strategically commercializing every aspect of our society, commercializing childhood, strategically planning the tax system, the food system, the health system, fighting global warming remedies, the fossil fuel industry, ExxonMobil. Theyre planning our genetic inheritance. Commercializing childhood should be a left-right issue, conservative issue. The press never asks about it. The self-censorship of the press is overwhelming. ThatҒs why we have to have a more independent media.

We have to have I mean, look at the coverage of Ukraine. As Katrina pointed out, if our country was invaded in a span of 40 years from the north, with 50 million casualties, what do you think we would do? Do you think we would just station troops on the northern border? We would have taken over the northern country and annexed it. And thatגs why dictator Putin can get away with what hes doing now, in terms of public opinion of the impoverished Russian people, is because they remember. They have their casualties in their families from the western frontiers, started with Napoleon.

And here we are, expanding a military alliance for arms sales for the military-industrial complex, because, as was pointed out, a condition of joining NATO is to buy the F-16 and other weapons in Eastern European countries. NATO is a military alliance organized against the Soviet Union. And now they’re expanding it in Eastern Europe and putting troops there. It’s, here we go again, a completely preventable conflict. What Putin really wants is Ukraine never to join NATO, no strategic offensive weapons in the Ukraine. He’s asking for ending strategic weapons in Europe that is not going to happen.

But the press asks war-inciting questions. NPR asked it. David Sanger asked it. They asked war-inciting questions. Itגs like Vietnam all over again. Its like Iraq all over again. They donҒt ask peace-inciting questions about diplomacy. And this is a dangerous situation, and the press just isnt doing its job. It isnҒt just Biden.

He can’t communicate how the GOP is opposed to everything that’s defined as human. You don’t make moral appeals to the GOP, like Senator Warnock just did. You show that they are opposed to sending $250 and $300 monthly checks to 65 million children, which has stopped now, and the GOP will not expand it. I mean, that’s a good political item to communicate to the American people. Those 65 million children come from conservative and liberal families who are both deprived. He doesn’t know how to communicate. The GOP knows what it wants. It’s messianic. Its fascistic. It’s driven. And the communication from the Democrats, from the DNC to the White House, is weak. Its anemic. And the public senses that.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, letҒs

RALPH NADER: He doesnגt know how to sell his own program.

AMY GOODMAN: I want to go to President Biden speaking about the Build Back Better Act and both get Ralph Naders response and, overall, Katrina vanden Heuvel’s response, as well.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Yes. I’m confident we can get pieces, big chunks, of the Build Back Better law signed into law.  I think that we can get - and I’ve been talking to a number of my colleagues on the Hill. I think it’s clear that we would be able to get support for the for the $500-plus billion for energy and the environmental issues that are there, number one. Number two, I know that the two people who have opposed, on the Democratic side at least, support a number of the things that are in there. For example, Joe Manchin strongly supports early education, 3 year and 4 years of age, strongly supports that. There is strong support for, I think, a number of the way in which to pay for these - pay for this proposal. So I think there is - and I’m not going to - I’m not going to negotiate against myself as to what should and shouldn’t be in it, but I think we can break the package up, get as much as we can now, and come back and fight for the rest later.

AMY GOODMAN: So, breaking up Build Back Better. Katrina, if you could start by responding both to Build Back Better and, overall, the rest of the news conference that President Biden held yesterday on this first anniversary of his inauguration?

KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: On the Build Back Better front - first of all, let’s not forget the American Rescue Plan, which $1.9 trillion. It helped cut poverty, child poverty. And if the child tax credits continued, you could continue 40% reduction in poverty for a long, long time. Bernie Sanders thought that was the most consequential legislation for working people in decades. You had the bipartisan infrastructure plan. But it’s this Build Back Better, of course, that is in play.

There is a move on to come back next week, in the progressive side of Congress, and put back a plan that was laid out in November. I hate to do the numbers, because I think the media did a great disservice by sort of cutting the numbers every day instead of laying out what was in the plan, or maybe saying 1% of GDP instead of, in one New York Times story, “tax and spend,” huge piece of legislation. But I think theyre going to come back with climate, child care and tax stuff, and find a way to move that forward and connect it to the social, racial, economic justice of a voting rights bill and what we’ve seen this past week. So, that seems to me this next week is going to really be a push on trying to put back Build Back together Build Back Better, and not in the way the moderates in the Congress look at it, the House moderates, not piece by piece, but a more transformative bill, not the $6.4 trillion, to use a number.

In terms of picking up on what Ralph said, I do think Biden ח you know, a long press conference, rambling press conference, doesnt make up for maybe speaking to the people every month. I wrote a column a year ago about fireside chats. Maybe thatҒs maudlin. Maybe thats not his form. But the messaging, connecting to people, speaking to people җ not only speaking, but laying out who the villains are, laying out some of what Ralph said, in a maybe more homespun way but itגs surprising that he has failed in that way. You know, he could have, I think, done better. Of course hes not a socialist, but the need to say that is always part of the trope.

And I do think Ralph is absolutely right. In the media, you get җ the media whos in that room, the media in that room, that press room, is, for example, asking war-inciting questions. The questions are leading to the answers they want. And you donҒt get itגs kind of a suffocating consensus of questions in that room. And I remember Helen Thomas on the eve of Iraq, who was kind of mocked by her colleagues because she was asking tough questions of President Bush, who was ready for air balls. And thats really, I think, very sad. And whatҒs not on the agenda are the kinds of questions Ralph asked maybe not as tough as Ralph would ask them, but framed in a way that would really produce some news thatגs needed, necessary news for the American people.

One last thing on the mandate, the mask. With the Supreme Court decision, thats not been reported sufficiently, in my mind, about test җ vaccinated and test, I mean, that is shocking that the Supreme Court itגs not shocking, in the same way President Biden should not be shocked by the Republican Party as it exists today. But that the Supreme Court essentially sided with death, I think, in that COVID decision is something we should think long and hard about.

AMY GOODMAN: And very quickly, Ralph Nader, responding to Build Back Better being broken up.

RALPH NADER: Yeah. There are two major omissions here. He didnt push his tax increases for corporations and the corporate rich, the super rich, which he proposed, because these programs are not supposed to be on the backs of our descendants, in terms of deficits. They should be paid for by restoring the tax system to the level of the prosperous ‘60s, when the corporations paid much higher taxes. And he didn’t take advantage there.

And he didn’t take advantage of - he calls himself a union guy. He should have pushed for the $15 minimum wage through the Senate. He should have showed how the Republicans are against almost everything that he’s proposing that has huge popular polls, left-right support, from the social safety net to rebuilding America in community after community with the support of the local Chamber of Commerce and local unions. He missed that. And he didn’t push the bill that his own Democrats passed in the House, languishing in the Senate, to make it easier for workers to form unions.

And most critically, these programs are going to fail if they don’t deal with audits and anti-corruption efforts inside. The inspector general for the Small Business Administration has been pointing out for years that the big companies are ripping off the payroll protection plan. They don’t deserve it. Some corporate law firms actually got money from the corporate protection plan, which is designed mostly for small business. So, if the press doesn’t want to ask these very fundamental questions, that doesn’t mean that Biden’s advisers shouldn’t have emphasized in his original message at the press conference to highlight these areas.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Katrina, we just have a minute left. His press conference took place at a time when his approval ratings in his first year are extremely, substantially lower than when he began. What are the likely consequences of this for the midterms later this year?

KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: Not pretty. But he has time to turn it around. A day, you know, a week in politics is a whole other time factor. But he needs to do some things that are both morally and strategically important - student loan debt, some of those issues, use executive actions in ways not to - to speak to a base that is demoralized but could be put back together. A lot of work ahead, but I think it’s possible. Turnout

AMY GOODMAN: Were going to leave it there, but we thank you both so much for being with us, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher of The Nation magazine, columnist for The Washington Post - we’ll link to her pieces and to The Nation - and Ralph Nader, four-time presidential candidate, consumer advocate extraordinaire.

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