BUDGET & SPENDING:
Former-VP Biden voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to balance the budget as a senator. However, his record as VP is colored with massive spending and debt creation.
Since becoming VP, Biden has been critical of warrantless surveillance. However, he introduced a number of bills as a Senator that increased government spying power and harmed the 4th Amendment.
Former-VP Biden has promised to entirely repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, eliminating middle class tax cuts, bringing the top rate back up to 39.6 percent and the corporate rate to 28 percent.
Biden co-sponsored a bill during his time in the Senate to increase and expand dairy subsidies throughout the nation and has supported past Farm Bills.
Biden has a fairly mixed record on foreign policy. At times, he has supported unilateral intervention, as in Libya. At others, he’s recognized the need for executive dialogue and restraint.
As VP, Biden helped push the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He has called for some re-negotiation, but generally praises free trade. He’s correctly acknowledged the trade war’s impact on rural America.
Biden has stopped short of his fellow candidates’ proposals for single payer healthcare, and questions how affordable Medicare for All is. However, Biden’s public option would be an extension of Obamacare and would devastate the healthcare market further.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM:
Biden has walked the correct line on criminal justice on the campaign trail. However, he supported some draconian measures during his Senate tenure that led to some of the problems today.
WELFARE & ENTITLEMENTS:
Biden has rejected some of the notions surrounding redistribution of wealth. However, he’s opposed efforts to allow states flexibility for work requirements, and oversaw welfare expansion as VP.
TECH & TELECOMMUNICATIONS:
As VP in the Obama administration, Biden helped oversee the implementation of the heavy-handed Title II regulations, more commonly known as “net neutrality.”
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Biden’s environmental program would cost $5 trillion over the next ten years. It also includes a carbon tax and would recommit America to the Paris Climate Agreement.
Biden supports free community college and vocational training. This proposal is estimated to cost roughly $750 billion. He also wants to boost funding for immigrant education and historically black colleges.
Biden has stood by his record under the Obama administration. He has chastised his opponents for being too ‘open borders’ in their proposals, but wants to maintain the status quo on DACA.