Biden Camp Rolls Out 'Buy America' Push 3 Months AFTER Trump Advisers Made Similar Proposal
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The presidential campaign of Joe Biden is following in the candidate’s footsteps as a serial plagiarist with the introduction of a new ‘Buy American’ push, elements of which President Donald Trump’s advisers rolled out three months ago.
The Biden economic plan “includes a pitch to boost American manufacturing and technology firms months after White House advisers reportedly held off on an executive order that sought similar ends,” the Daily Caller reports.
The plan, which Biden was scheduled to roll out Thursday, envisions a four-year, $400 billion increase in government purchases of U.S.-made products, in addition to spending $300 billion in new research on technology.
Also, the plan makes it tougher for forms to circumvent so-called “Buy American” laws.
"This will be the largest mobilization of public investments in procurement, infrastructure and (research and development) since World War II,” Biden senior adviser Jake Sullivan told the Associated Press Thursday.
However, as The Daily Caller adds:
A similar move was proposed in March by White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro, but the potential executive order was put on hold after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and senior adviser Jared Kushner expressed reservations, The Washington Post reported in April, citing three anonymous officials.
Navarro’s proposed executive order, if signed by the president, would require the federal government to purchase medical supplies and pharmaceuticals manufactured inside the United States, a move designed to limit the country’s reliance on products from China and elsewhere.
So, what’s the deal? After President Trump publicly praised the plan, why didn’t the executive order happen?
Mnuchin warned the president off of making the decision, claiming that major shifts on supply chains amid an escalating coronavirus pandemic could further damage an increasingly fragile economy. And Kushner apparently agreed, since he is primarily focused on pandemic response.
"This is straight out of Peter Navarro’s executive order,” Curtis Ellis, a policy director with America First Policies, told a Post reporter Thursday. Navarro responded as well, telling Stein that “Bernstein is an economic nationalist … his handprints are all over this," in reference to Biden economic adviser Jared Bernstein.
This comes as Biden’s campaign was accused of adopting, nearly verbatim, former Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders’ (socialist) economic platform.
“Today, Joe Biden’s unity task force released recommendations for the DNC platform that crib straight from Bernie Sanders’ radical agenda. We found multiple instances of word-for-word copying from Bernie,” GOP rapid response director Steve Guest posted on social media in a thread outlining the policy plagiarism.
“The fact Joe Biden has embraced Bernie Sanders’ radical agenda verbatim is proof that while Bernie may not be the one leading the Democrat Party, Biden is more than happy to be his champion in its lurch to the left,” Guest noted further.
“Bottom Line: Joe Biden has years of experience copying from others, now his task force is straight up copying from Bernie’s 2020 campaign proposals,” Guest concluded.
What a guy. If he wins in November, let’s hope he copies a lot of Trump’s policies verbatim.