Takeaways from Biden’s 1st address to joint session of Congress

ABC News’ Powerhouse Political Roundtable team breaks down the precedent set by President Joe Biden’s address.

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43 thoughts on “Takeaways from Biden’s 1st address to joint session of Congress

  1. If he thinks Republicans "gave up" on criticizing Bidens policy, youre on Crack. His policy are garbage and has lead to 10 trillion in debt in just a few months. He is actively destroying the economy and lying to the people by disguising it as racial equality. Dont fall for it.

  2. People, you need to understand that Biden's education plans are nothing but a tax money laundering scheme used to enrich the Biden family. It's a familiar scam to the Biden's. We need to wise up to their scam.

    In 2009, as part of the federal stimulus, the Obama-Biden administration made $5 billion available for “education innovations" Joe Biden's younger brother,  Frank, took interest in the business side of the schools, in particular, the underlying real estate associated with them. He discovered early on that schools pay rent using taxpayer dollars. Managed correctly and with the right connections, this created profitable opportunities. In Joe Biden’s first year as vice president, Frank became involved with a for-profit management company for schools called Mavericks in Education Florida LLC.

     Mavericks in Education Florida LLC would be a for-profit company that charged the schools management fees, while the related School Property Development LLC owned and charged high rents for their buildings. The funds would come from taxpayer money and federal grants. Whether the school failed or succeeded, the for-profit company owned the real estate assets. It was not long before Frank was flying around Florida in a private jet, lobbying local politicians and school officials to allow Mavericks to manage schools in their communities.

    According to the Florida Department of Education, the performance record of Mavericks Schools in Florida was abysmal. These were not what one would regard as “good schools for kids.” The best-performing Mavericks school was in Kissimmee, near Disney World. The graduation rate at that school was just 43 percent in 2011. Things were worse at Mavericks’ other Florida locations: in Largo, the graduation rate was an astonishing 7.2 percent; in Homestead, it was an incredible 4.5 percent.

    Mavericks was also accused by state auditors in Florida of inflating their enrollment numbers. As the South Florida Sun Sentinel noted, “In South Florida, three probes released by the state Auditor General’s office in 2013 and 2014 found Mavericks schools in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Palm Springs and Homestead were collecting dollars for students who did not attend the school and not teaching enough hours to meet state requirements.” Why inflate the enrollment numbers? The more students enrolled, the more taxpayer funding collected. The key to understanding Frank Biden’s business is that the real money was not in the operation of the schools themselves—but in the underlying real estate for schools. “It’s all about the buildings we buy,” he explained in an interview. “Certainly the operation of the schools isn’t profitable.”
    In addition to Mavericks in Education, Frank also became a partner in School Property Development, which provided “building services” to schools and owned buildings connected to Mavericks. They were soon building schools in West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Glen Ridge, Pembroke Pines, and elsewhere in Florida. These entities are responsible for over 12 billion dollars in federal school financing of over 200 schools built and operated in Florida.
    The schools were built using taxpayer money and receiving grants to pay for the buildings, while Frank Biden was collect high rents from the schools. By 2014, the Mavericks schools had received more than $70 million in state money. Nine million of that went to Frank Biden's management company. The Obama administration also lavished the failing Mavericks schools with federal grants.

    During the Obama presidency, Frank Biden received millions of dollars in federal grants. These were “discretionary grants” given through the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) State Educational Agencies (SEA) grant program. Applications were filed with Education Department headquarters in Washington. As of 2012, the department was sending Frank Biden approximately $250,000 a year in taxpayer money for each Mavericks school.  In 2015,Frank Biden's Mavericks schools received just under $2.7 million in grants from the DOE—an average of almost $300,000 per school.

    The entire Biden family, from brothers Frank and James, to son Hunter and daughter Ashley with her husband, are involved in these types of scams using tax payer funded grants to enrich the Biden family.

  3. How much corn did ABC and the rest of the activist progressive broadcasters lick from Biden's butt? ABC "News" why don't you ask some hard hitting questions like what is Potato's favorite Ice Cream, is he going to get another dog, how was his day etc?

  4. Biden/Dems are handing out freebies when most people know there is no such thing as a free lunch! This is just more massive debt piled on our kids as the country is broke and has to either printor borrow the money! MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS WHO VOTED FOR BIDEN – DID YOU VOTE FOR THIS CRUSHING DEBT ON YOUR CHILDREN

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