'That's right,' says Biden
Former Vice President Al Gore endorsed his fellow Democrat Joe Biden, another former vice president, for president last week, and in doing so said if Biden is elected he ought to ban gasoline-powered vehicles.
"Just shut 'em down and replace them with wind and solar," the climate activist said in a livestream announcement with the 2020 candidate. "EVs are already growing in popularity, and the business statistics show that within two years, they are going to be significantly cheaper than internal combustion engines."
Although Biden was supposedly a moderate among the two dozen candidates who entered the race, he did not disagree.
"That's right," he said to Gore.
Banning gas-powered vehicles is one of the tenets of the Green New Deal, a proposal supported by the most extreme liberals during the beginning of the Democratic campaign. Biden had attempted to walk the line on extreme proposals over the last year but is aware young voters who supported extremist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, will be looking to him to shift leftward in order to gain their vote in the fall.
A healthy majority of black and Hispanic voters have no concern about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's white race, but a majority of white liberals and white liberals with graduate degrees are bothered by his race, according to a Pew survey published last week.
Seventy-two percent of black voters and 70% of Hispanic voters don't have concerns about the race of the likely first Democratic nominee since 2004 who is neither black nor a woman. But a majority of white liberal Democrats felt guilty enough to say they did, and 58% of Democrats with a postgraduate education said they did. Of Democrats with only a high school education, 76% didn't care about Biden's race.
Pew also surveyed those who had supported candidates early in the race before the former vice president became the last man standing. The lifetime politician's previous supporters, quite naturally, were least likely to care about his race, while former supporters of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, were the most concerned about his race and gender.
Pick me, pick me, pick me!
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams believes presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should select a "woman of color" as his vice presidential running mate because of the loyalty of such women.
Interviewed on ABC's "The View" last week, she was baited by co-host Sunny Hostin, who asked if she thought not selecting a woman of color was "a slap in the face to the black female voters who are credited with really reviving his candidacy."
Biden, who had promised to select a female running mate, was dead in the water before South Carolina's primary when black voters gave him a primary victory, his first in three presidential tries.
"I think Vice President Biden is going to make a smart choice," Abrams said. "I appreciate the fact that he has lifted up women as being a necessary partner in this. I would share your concern about not picking a woman of color because women of color, particularly black women, are the strongest part of the Democratic Party, the most loyal, but that loyalty isn't simply how we vote, it's how we work. If we want to signal that that work will continue, that we're going to reach not just to certain segments of our community, but to the entire country, then we need a ticket that reflects the diversity of America."
Abrams, of course, is not so stealthily campaigning for the job.
Experts speaking to Harvard Mag for a recent issue not only would discourage homeschooling by "extreme religious ideologues" (read Christians) but would ban the option altogether.
Elizabeth Bartholet, faculty director of Wasserstein Law School's Child Advocacy Program, called for "a presumptive ban on the practice."
She said homeschooling detracts from a child's "right to a meaningful education," the right to "be protected from potential child abuse," and may keep the child "from contributing positively to a democratic society."
While homeschooled students "test approximately 30% higher than the national public school average in all subjects," according to Harvard alum Melba Pearson, who wrote an opposing article for Medium, Bartholet intimated students could be taught by people "who've never gone to school themselves, who don't read or write themselves."
But she reserved special venom for conservative Christians, who are the majority of homeschooling parents, according to the article. They "seek to remove their children from mainstream culture," she said. In their case, she said, the "absence" of regulation in homeschooling is a threat to "community values, social values, democratic values, ideas about nondiscrimination and tolerance of other people's viewpoints."