The Democratic Convention Skipped over the Biden–Harris Agenda

Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden waves next to Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) after she accepted the vice presidential nomination during the 2020 Democratic National Convention at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., August 19, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

If you watched Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the other big, headline speeches at the Democratic convention, you might be forgiven for thinking that you had stepped into a meeting of old-time Democrats. There was less woke, radical rhetoric than in the primaries, more invocations of old-fashioned patriotic Americana, and more efforts to sound conservative themes and reach out to small-businesspeople and churchgoers. What you might have missed was the far-reaching agenda of the Biden–Harris Democrats.

Biden talked about “ending loopholes” and rolling back Trump-era tax cuts. His actual proposal would raise $3.8 trillion in new individual and business taxes and result in a tax hike, on average, for taxpayers in every income quintile.