Well, we hate to admit this, but we’re going to have to change our vote for 2020. All this time, we assumed that we’d be going to the polls to give Donald J. Trump another four years in the White House. But that was before we realized that former Vice President Joe Biden was capable of the kind of miracles he’s describing on the campaign trail. Just this week, Biden said that he had a plan to make sure more women have access to the workplace. Now, that might not be the most groundbreaking political promise we’ve ever heard, but, well, read for yourself…
“You get a tax break for a race horse,” Biden mused at the Workers’ Presidential Summit in Philadelphia on Tuesday. “Why in God’s name couldn’t we provide an $8,000 tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs? It would put 720 million women back in the workforce. It would increase the GDP – to sound like a wonk here – by about eight-tenths of one percent. It would grow the economy.”
Holy moly! Not only is Biden going to pump the GDP up 8/10ths of a percent, he’s going to (apparently) increase the female population of the country by some 600 million women! We love it when politicians bury the lede.
Of course, this is just another example of Biden running off the mouth about something he doesn’t fully comprehend and can’t rightly articulate. The something in this instance, clearly, being the population of the United States. That seems like a pretty basic thing to get right, but when you’re talking about a guy who thinks the average home has a record player on stand-by, you can’t take anything for granted.
After the last presidential debate, Sen. Cory Booker expressed uncertainty about the frontrunner’s mental stamina.
“I think we are at a tough point right now, because there’s a lot of people concerned about Joe Biden’s ability to carry the ball all the way across the end line without fumbling,” Booker said. “And I think that Castro had really legitimate concerns about can he be someone in a long grueling campaign … and has every right to call out. I think there were a lot of moments where a number of us were looking on the stage when he tends to go on sometimes. At one point, he was talking about communities like mine listening to record players. I don’t remember the last time I saw a record player.
“But there are definitely moments where you listen to Joe Biden and you just wonder.”
Yes, and we have a feeling those moments are going to grow more frequent as the campaign season unfolds.