Joe Biden is claiming he is the President-elect just because the media says so.
But Biden got hit with a massive reality check.
And that happened when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit Joe Biden with bad news that may derail everything.
As part of Joe Biden acting like he is President-elect and pressuring Donald Trump to concede, Biden is announcing his picks for cabinet positions and top White House advisors.
So far Biden’s proposed cabinet selections have been a disaster.
Biden rolled out a national security team that was a clown car of incompetents from the Obama administration that supported endless foreign wars, appeasing China and globalist trade deals.
The American people judged this crew to be such a colossal failure they rejected Hillary Clinton who promised to hire many of these same establishment swamp creatures when she ran in 2016.
But now Biden is feeling pressure on his left flank after rumors flew around Washington that Biden was considering naming his former chief of staff Bruce Reed to run the Office of Management and Budget.
“Squad” members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar reacted angrily and circulated a petition to pressure Biden not to name Reed to that position because of his position on the Simpson-Bowles Commission.
The petition reads:
Here’s why that’s bad: OMB sets the President’s budgetary agenda. Putting someone who will prioritize paying down the deficit ahead of all other concerns in charge is a recipe for cutting our earned benefits and turning the COVID recession into a depression. Rejecting Reed will be a major test for the soul of the Biden presidency.
Reed was the executive director of the Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission during President Obama’s first term. The Bowles-Simpson commission proposed getting Democrats and Republicans to work together to enact massive cuts to Social Security and Medicare, including raising the retirement age.
Simpson-Bowles was a classic creature of pre-Trump Washington where a President announced a “blue ribbon” panel of “very serious names” to study a problem the country wants action on, but the President knows any proposals to address will be politically unpopular.
The Commission reports back with recommendations that neither party can accept which leads the can to get kicked down the road.
That’s what happened in 2011 with Simpson-Bowles which Barack Obama happily signed onto in order to pretend to care about the national debt.
The Commission’s report was predictably rejected by both parties because it called for massive tax increases and reductions in the rate of growth in entitlement spending.
Ocasio-Cortez and Omar are fuming over Biden picking pro-war, corporatist Wall Street swamp stooges for his cabinet while rejecting Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for key posts because Senate Republicans would never confirm them.
So they are trying to throw down a marker to show Biden he cannot ignore the socialist wing of the party by sinking the nomination of one of Biden’s closest allies.
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