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femmedem

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2. I think Buttigieg is more like an 8. But here's why it's hard to put him in a box:
Wed Jul 31, 2019, 09:04 AM
Jul 2019

If you just look at his policies, he's extremely progressive. His newly released economic plan would guarantee all workers the right to join a union, tighten definitions of independent contractor, make pay gaps public, and of course raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hr. His Douglass plan is eighteen pages long, covering health equity, investing much more in Title 1 schools, awarding 25% of government contracts to minority-owned businesses, reforming the criminal justice system and ensuring that black votes carry as much weight as white votes by doing away with the electoral college. One area where he is less progressive than some other candidates is that he calls for Medicare for all who want it rather than just Medicare for all.

But people may not recognize how progressive he is because he frames progressive policies in ways which can appeal to moderate voters. While repeatedly affirming that Americans have both freedom of religion and freedom from religion, he often quotes Christian scripture to show how progressive policies are in line with what white Evangelicals purport to believe. He can put forward an anti-authoritarian policy like having Congress vote for war not just at the beginning of a war but every three years to continue a war--and he can do this while highlighting his experience as a veteran. He can talk to both Trump supporters and burn-the-house-down Green Party voters or nonvoters about their disillusionment with government by pointing out that Mitch McConnell has prevented Congress from enacting the legislation which would help people in their day-to-day lives.

He has always planned to roll out his campaign by first putting forward his values or ideological framework, then getting specific with policy. Only in July has he made public two lengthy policy plans (Douglass and economic) so it's understandable that people are just learning how progressive his policies actually are.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
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