Electoralism/Democratism

The Trump-Biden handoff: Business as usual, as usual

This article is from January when Biden was first taking over, but it’s important because it debunks the “Trump as libertarian and/or limited government conservative” narrative that is sometimes offered as a Trumpist talking point.

By Thomas L. Knapp, Reno Gazette

This opinion column was submitted by Thomas L. Knapp, director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism.

Few will find it surprising that the incoming Biden administration looks, in both form and function, a lot like the Obama administration of 2009-2017. After all, Joe Biden served as Barack Obama’s vice-president for those eight years. His staff and cabinet appointments comprise a veritable Who’s Who of Obama holdovers and members of Biden’s own political circle, built over decades in the Senate and White House.

Some might, however,  be surprised to at how closely Biden’s administration will likely resemble outgoing President Donald Trump’s, both personnel- and policy-wise. The new boss looks a lot like the old boss, minus a flair for the melodramatic. And the old boss looked a lot like the older boss, too.

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