Do we need more evidence to show Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s decline?

Four More Years of George?

Biden confused President Donald Trump with either George Bush, George W. Bush, or maybe even George Washington at the “I Will Vote” concert:

“The character of the country, in my view, is literally on the ballot,” Biden told moderators George Lopez and CNN analyst Ana Navarro.

“Four more years of George, um, George, gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected, we’re gonna be in a different world.”

His wife Jill appeared to mutter “Trump” under her breath to him.

Of course, Trump mocked Biden about it on Twitter.

College Costs

I guess Biden jumped on the free education for everyone because he told 60 Minutes he could send every person qualified for a four-year college for $150 billion:

During an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Biden bragged about the number as a feature of proposed “significant institutional changes” that would include a 15% minimum tax on corporations, saying it would raise more than $400 billion.

“I can send every single qualified person to a four-year college in their state for $150 billion,” Biden said. “I can make sure every single person who qualifies for community college can go and we still have a lotta money left over. That’s what I mean by significant institutional changes.

“60 Minutes” noted that organizations like the Tax Policy Center have questioned the validity of Biden’s claims that the corporate tax would raise that much money. His quoted cost of education was also off the mark, according to his campaign.

Biden’s campaign had to correct him after the interview:

“After our interview, Mr. Biden’s staff told us he misspoke, and that the cost of free public college could be twice as much as he said,” CBS’ Norah O’Donnell said in a voice-over after Biden’s claim aired.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the College for All Act of 2017, which has the costs. Forbes detailed it (emphasis mine):

It reveals that the cost of a “free” college education to the federal government would be $47 billion a year. Accepting this figure, it would add $470 billion to Mr. Biden’s education plan over the next ten years, bringing the total cost to $1.22 trillion. So why doesn’t Mr. Biden publicly embrace this cost?

Give the cost of his other proposals, $1.22 trillion seems almost modest. He’s announced other policy initiatives that dwarf the cost of his education plan. According to the Washington Post, Mr. Biden’s total agenda would cost more than $4.1 trillion over the next ten years, and this figure predates his new college proposal. His climate plan alone would cost $2 trillion.

Given the enormous borrowing and spending that Mr. Biden has promised, one wonders why he won’t reveal the cost of his education plan or how he’ll pay for it. One reason may be that he doesn’t have faith in Sen. Sanders’ estimate of the cost. Some have estimated the true cost of Mr. Biden’s total education plan at $2.92 trillion. Under this analysis, just the cost of “free” tuition alone would total $1.19 trillion, more than twice Sen. Sanders’ estimate.

 

 
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