时间:2021-03-08 08:12:27



Through it all, Obama enjoyed the adoration1 of liberal voters and the acquiescence2 of congressional progressives, who often refrained from a confrontation3 with the Democratic White House even when Obama's administration was steamrolling their agenda.


In constantly seeking common ground with the GOP, Obama may have expected some friendship in return. Instead, they gave him few congressional votes and offered even fewer words of praise. Then they delivered a midterm shellacking that effectively ended the possibility of transformational change.


Obama would later write that he avoided a crackdown on Wall Street because that might have "required a violence to the social order."


That reverence4 for the status quo—and deference5 to Wall Street after the financial crisis and housing meltdown—ultimately helped create the backlash conditions for the rise of Trump6. One data point suggested a direct linkage7: In one-third of the counties that flipped8 from Obama to Donald Trump, there had been an increase in the number of residents whose home mortgages were underwater in 2016, according to a study by the Center for American Progress.


"We would not have Trump as president if the Democrats9 had remained the party of the working class," University of California-Irvine professor Bernard Grofman recently told the New York Times." "Obama responded to the housing crisis with bailouts of the lenders and interlinked financial institutions, not of the folks losing their homes. And the stagnation10 of wages and income for the middle and bottom of the income distribution continued under Obama."


"We should be investing in deficit11 spending"


A decade later, it's unclear what Biden gleaned12 from his experience with Obama.


At some moments, he appears to finally be leaning away from his decades-long record as a budget-cutting fiscal13 hawk14, instead campaigning to expand Social Security, then embracing the idea of $2,000 stimulus15 checks and most recently declaring that "we should be investing in deficit spending in order to generate economic growth."


And yet at other moments he has done the opposite. He initially16 urged Democratic lawmakers to accept a stimulus plan with no stimulus checks. And tellingly, eight days after a violent right-wing uprising at the U.S. Capitol had eviscerated17 the GOP, he resuscitated18 and rewarded the party by signaling that—even though he needs no Republican votes—he would rather cut a deal with them on his first stimulus legislation than use ruthless legislative19 tactics to pass a more robust20 bill with only Democratic support.


This version of Biden mutes the calls for bold action and reflexively praises the GOP. He has asserted that once Trump is gone Republican leaders would have an "epiphany" and suddenly learn to work together with Democrats. He has also reportedly suggested he is not interested in investigating the outrages21 of the Trump administration; he has continued to say "we need a Republican Party" and he recently promised that "I'll never publicly embarrass" GOP lawmakers.




1 adoration wfhyD     
  • He gazed at her with pure adoration.他一往情深地注视着她。
  • The old lady fell down in adoration before Buddhist images.那老太太在佛像面前顶礼膜拜。
2 acquiescence PJFy5     
  • The chief inclined his head in sign of acquiescence.首领点点头表示允许。
  • This is due to his acquiescence.这是因为他的默许。
3 confrontation xYHy7     
  • We can't risk another confrontation with the union.我们不能冒再次同工会对抗的危险。
  • After years of confrontation,they finally have achieved a modus vivendi.在对抗很长时间后,他们最后达成安宁生存的非正式协议。
4 reverence BByzT     
  • He was a bishop who was held in reverence by all.他是一位被大家都尊敬的主教。
  • We reverence tradition but will not be fettered by it.我们尊重传统,但不被传统所束缚。
5 deference mmKzz     
  • Do you treat your parents and teachers with deference?你对父母师长尊敬吗?
  • The major defect of their work was deference to authority.他们的主要缺陷是趋从权威。
6 trump LU1zK     
  • He was never able to trump up the courage to have a showdown.他始终鼓不起勇气摊牌。
  • The coach saved his star player for a trump card.教练保留他的明星选手,作为他的王牌。
7 linkage l01xl     
  • In their monographic treatment of linkage,they have emphasized this especially.他们在论连锁的专题文章中特别强调了这点。
  • Occasionally,problems with block inheritance or linkage are encountered.有时会遇到区段遗传或连锁问题。
8 flipped 5bef9da31993fe26a832c7d4b9630147     
轻弹( flip的过去式和过去分词 ); 按(开关); 快速翻转; 急挥
  • The plane flipped and crashed. 飞机猛地翻转,撞毁了。
  • The carter flipped at the horse with his whip. 赶大车的人扬鞭朝着马轻轻地抽打。
9 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 stagnation suVwt     
n. 停滞
  • Poor economic policies led to a long period of stagnation and decline. 糟糕的经济政策道致了长时间的经济萧条和下滑。
  • Motion is absolute while stagnation is relative. 运动是绝对的,而静止是相对的。
11 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
12 gleaned 83f6cdf195a7d487666a71e02179d977     
v.一点点地收集(资料、事实)( glean的过去式和过去分词 );(收割后)拾穗
  • These figures have been gleaned from a number of studies. 这些数据是通过多次研究收集得来的。
  • A valuable lesson may be gleaned from it by those who have eyes to see. 明眼人可从中记取宝贵的教训。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
13 fiscal agbzf     
  • The increase of taxation is an important fiscal policy.增税是一项重要的财政政策。
  • The government has two basic strategies of fiscal policy available.政府有两个可行的财政政策基本战略。
14 hawk NeKxY     
  • The hawk swooped down on the rabbit and killed it.鹰猛地朝兔子扑下来,并把它杀死。
  • The hawk snatched the chicken and flew away.老鹰叼了小鸡就飞走了。
15 stimulus 3huyO     
  • Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。
  • Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。
16 initially 273xZ     
  • The ban was initially opposed by the US.这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
  • Feathers initially developed from insect scales.羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
17 eviscerated 4efcffcd3ed38ff7a8a60dd1aa3ea13a     
v.切除…的内脏( eviscerate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the President. 审查员删去了该书的精华以取悦于总统。 来自辞典例句
  • By the expulsion of surgery from the liberal arts medicine herself was eviscerated. 把外科排除于丰富的艺术之外,就使得医学本身去掉了内脏一样。 来自辞典例句
18 resuscitated 9b8fc65f665bf5a1efb0fbae2f36c257     
v.使(某人或某物)恢复知觉,苏醒( resuscitate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The doctor resuscitated the man who was overcome by gas. 医生救活了那个煤气中毒的人。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • She had been literally rejuvenated, resuscitated, brought back from the lip of the grave. 她确确实实返老还童了,恢复了精力,被从坟墓的进口处拉了回来。 来自辞典例句
19 legislative K9hzG     
  • Congress is the legislative branch of the U.S. government.国会是美国政府的立法部门。
  • Today's hearing was just the first step in the legislative process.今天的听证会只是展开立法程序的第一步。
20 robust FXvx7     
  • She is too tall and robust.她个子太高,身体太壮。
  • China wants to keep growth robust to reduce poverty and avoid job losses,AP commented.美联社评论道,中国希望保持经济强势增长,以减少贫困和失业状况。
21 outrages 9ece4cd231eb3211ff6e9e04f826b1a5     
引起…的义愤,激怒( outrage的第三人称单数 )
  • People are seeking retribution for the latest terrorist outrages. 人们在设法对恐怖分子最近的暴行进行严惩。
  • He [She] is not allowed to commit any outrages. 不能任其胡作非为。

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