Biden says progressives don’t like him because he doesn’t adhere to ‘a socialist agenda’
President Biden has spoken of his conflict with the more progressive side of the Democratic Party, saying in a recent interview that he has been criticized for not adopting a socialist agenda.
“Progressives don’t like me because I’m not ready to take what I would say and they would say it’s a socialist agenda,” Biden told The New York Times this week.
Columnist David Brooks wrote that Biden was wary of generous college debt forgiveness and that people “who take great risks to generate wealth should reap the rewards.”
The comments come as Biden faces pressure from within his party to adopt sweeping environmental and economic policies like the Green New Deal.
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Biden believes in big economic proposals, but aligns himself more with the working class than the academic and elitist strains of the Democratic Party, Brooks wrote.
“The risk isn’t in trying to go big,” Biden said, according to the Times. “If we stay small, I don’t know how we will change our international status and our ability to compete.”
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Although Biden has proposed ambitious climate goals and a $ 2 billion infrastructure package, progressives are asking for more. This includes significant investments in health care, energy and student debt relief.
“The idea that you go to Penn and pay a total of $ 70,000 a year and the public should pay for that?” Biden said. “I do not agree.”