Biden’s Cabinet: A Cabinency of Dunces

As the nation sinks inexplicably into self-created crisis after crisis, debate rages whether President Joe Biden is incompetent, mean-spirited, or an ideologue who feels the country’s mess is his success.

A second national discussion revolves around who actually is overseeing the current national catastrophe, given Biden’s frequent bewilderment and cognitive challenges.

But one area of agreement is the sheer craziness of Biden’s Cabinet appointments, who have translated his incoherent ideology into catastrophic governance.

Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, has effectively nullified federal immigration laws. More than 2 million foreign nationals have illegally crossed the southern border without audit—and without COVID-19 vaccinations and tests during a pandemic.

Mayorkas can’t or won’t comply with federal law.

But he did establish a new Disinformation Governance Board. To head his new Orwellian Ministry of Truth, he appointed Nina Jankowicz—an arch disinformationist who helped peddle the Russian collusion, Steele dossier, and Alfa Bank hoaxes.

While Jankowicz’s adolescent videos and past tweets finally forced her resignation, Mayorkas promises his board will carry on.

In the days leading up to the Virginia election, grassroots parent groups challenged the critical race theory taught at schools.

In reaction and under prompts from teachers unions, Attorney General Merrick Garland directed both the FBI and the Justice Department to establish a special task force apparently to “investigate threats” from parents against school board members.

The FBI has been involved in political controversies for some time. It illegally falsified a FISA request to trap an American citizen. Under oath before Congress its former directors either claimed faulty memories or admitted lying to federal investigators.

The last thing a scandal-plagued FBI needed was to go undercover at school board meetings to investigate parents worried over their children’s education.

We are in a spiral of fuel prices that is destroying our middle class.

Yet when Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was asked about plans to lower gas prices, she laughed off the idea as “hilarious.”

Later, Granholm preposterously claimed, “It is not the administration policies that have affected supply and demand.”

High fuel prices are not apparent by the way that we were haranguing fossil-fuel producers, canceling Keystone Pipeline, stopping new federal oil and natural gas leases, or stopping production in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Supply chain disruptions are currently paralyzing the U.S. Economy.

For more than a full year, the huge Port of Los Angeles has been in chaos. Dozens of cargo ships have been backed to the horizon every year since last fall. The port is jammed with thousands of trucks.

Pete Buttigieg, Transportation Secretary, was not working during the chaos. Instead, he took two-months paternity leaves to help his wife and two newborn children during the crisis.

This paternal concern is noble. Buttigieg is supposed ensure that supplies of life-or-death are available to millions of strapped Americans.

This winter, trains entering and leaving Los Angeles were routinely looted in the Old West style of train robbing—without much of a response from Buttigieg’s transportation bureau.

Senator Deb Haaland, Secretary of Interior, refused to explain why her agency is slow in executing federal oil and gas leases when Americans are paying $5 to $6 per gallon.

Haaland could not provide simple answers as to when new leases would result in increased oil and gas supplies. Her panicked aides slid talking points to her, given that in deer-in-the-headlights fashion, she seemed incapable of providing senators with basic information about U.S. energy production on federal lands.

To combat Russian aggression, the United States has sent many billions of dollars in sophisticated weapons to Ukraine. It is not a proxy war against Russia. We claim that it is an effort to stop a brutal Russian invasion.

Why did Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense, tell the world the opposite? This could only convince Russians that the real goal in Ukraine is to destroy Russia.

As Austin put it publicly, “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.”

Even if the description of the agenda is true it is not a good idea to broadcast it. Russia has more than 6000 nuclear weapons and its president Vladimir Putin is becoming increasingly erratic.

These Biden appointees have one thing in common: ideological rigidity and nonchalance.

They seem to be completely unaware of the current border, energy, inflation, and crime catastrophes. They don’t know how to answer simple questions asked by Congress or mock Americans who ask for help.

We don’t know why or how such an unimpressive cadre ended up running the government, only that they are here and the American people are suffering from their presence.

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