An ironic choice for Vice President

An ironic choice for Vice President

Joe Biden has picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his running-mate. That’s curious, because Kamala Harris effectively said Joe Biden is guilty of misconduct — by saying she believed the women who accused him of it. At a presidential campaign stop in Nevada, she told reporters, “I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.”

If you were a presidential candidate, would you pick someone who believed allegations against you? Probably not, unless the allegations were true.

Harris also said that if she were elected President, she would issue an executive order imposing gun control if Congress failed to pass gun control in her first 100 days in office. That would be unconstitutional, because Article I of the Constitution vests legislative power in Congress, not the president. The president is supposed to enforce laws passed by Congress, not rule by decree. Only dictators rule by decree.

In 2019 Harris was the leftmost member of the U.S. Senate, even further to the left politically than Bernie Sanders in her voting record. That’s according to the legislative history web site GovTrack.

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Harris supports reparations. As Newsweek notes, “Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said” in June that “he was in favor of paying slavery reparations to African Americans and Native Americans if studies found direct cash payments to be a viable option.”

The New York Times notes that reparations could cost taxpayers “several trillion dollars.” Such reparations are unlikely to actually eliminate the racial wealth gap, because many people just spend unearned windfalls rather than investing them to build wealth. Reparations also appear to violate existing Supreme Court rulings restricting reverse discrimination. But those rulings may be overturned if President Biden replaces retiring Supreme Court justices with justices more sympathetic to race-based reparations.

The Wall Street Journal reports that “House leaders say they expect to pass this year” a “proposal creating a federal commission to craft” a reparations “plan,” and “Joe Biden” has “endorsed the bill.” But reparations “legislation faces opposition from Republicans who control the Senate. … A Democratic sweep in November elections, however, could pave the way for enactment.”

Hans Bader

Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department. Hans writes for and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Contact him at


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