How History Will View the Biden Years

History will reveal many factors that contributed the historic failure of the Biden administration. A president who is clearly not up for the job is at the top of the list. Joe Biden is not capable of leading America, regardless of whether he is old, cognitively impaired, or simply ineptitude. A weak president is something that no one wants.

People can smell weakness and Biden is a prime example. The president created an even bigger hole by surrounding himself by young staff who are more motivated by a rigid left-wing ideology and less by a desire to improve the lives of everyday Americans. With a leader seemingly too weak to temper his team’s radical ideas, the results have been catastrophic.

Even with a corporate media desperate to keep propping him up, Biden’s approval ratings are at all-time lows. The floor has fallen in support for men. Worse, his support from the Democratic Party’s traditionally solid black and Hispanic bases has fallen dramatically.

The Democratic Party is in such a rut that there is no hope for recovery. Republicans must find a way of screwing up enough to give it another chance. Praying for a Republican disaster may be the Democrats’ only shot. That’s not generally a far-fetched scenario, but this time, their deficit may just be insurmountable.

How could things have gotten so bad for Biden and the Democrats so quickly? Amazingly, the president seemed able to perfectly capture the national mood in his inaugural speech. Americans are unhappy. Polarization has reached record levels and is causing a country to be more divided than ever since the Civil War.

While Biden covered some left-wing priorities in his inaugural speech, he emphasized the need for national healing, unity, and cooperation. Had he governed that way, he would not be in the position he’s in today. Instead, he followed the lead of the radical wing his party and governed from an extremely ideological and out-of-touch viewpoint that left average Americans confused.

Biden immediately dismantled many of former President Donald Trump’s border security policies. That’s not surprising from a Democratic politician. Biden did not have a replacement plan. He took down policies that were working and didn’t bother to put in place any plan of his own to secure the border. When the predictable crisis followed, the Biden team’s first reaction was to pretend that everything was fine; there was no crisis.

If you have the majority on your media team, you can try bold explanations like this, but it was too much. Like the CNN reporter proclaiming riot cities “mostly peaceful” in a camera shot with burning buildings in the background, there’s a level of political spin that will just never work.

Following an election where many Democrats openly advocated for open borders and decriminalizing illegal border crossing, the political blame for the crisis at the border landed squarely in the president’s lap.

But the biggest liability for the president isn’t the border; it’s the rising prices hammering the American people. Knowing the political price they are likely to pay for skyrocketing inflation, Team Biden is desperately trying to spin this away as the “Putin Price Hike.” Unfortunately, the record is so clear that only the most committed partisans would try to repeat that whopper.

Biden’s nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulant package, also known as the American Rescue Plan, was the first major economic debate when he took office.

Coming on the heels of multiple Trump COVID-19 stimulus policies, many leading experts in both parties warned that Biden’s spending was going too far. They argued that this type of overstimulating would lead to high inflation.

Kevin Hassett (chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers) under Trump summarized the Republican warnings best. Hassett’s warning to Biden and the Fed was not subtle. He titled it “Inflation: The Ingredients Are in the Pot, and the Fire Is On.”

It’s understandable that Biden would tune out Trump’s chief economist, but he also tuned out some of the most prominent economic minds in his own party. Bill Clinton’s Treasury secretary, Lawrence Summers, and Barack Obama’s chief economist, Jason Furman, were also warning very directly about inflation, beginning early in the Biden presidency.

Biden’s team and its press surrogates ignored warnings from leading Democrats, but they also attacked them viciously for daring dissent. Topped perhaps only by his tragic predictions about the doomed Afghanistan withdrawal, Biden defended his huge spending proposals with an argument that would be truly comical if it weren’t so sad: “The one thing we learned is we can’t do too much here. We can do too little.”

They did too much.

Biden also gave new appointments to the Federal Reserve leadership, despite the obvious failure of the Fed to forecast and address inflation. Many economists from both parties have criticised the central bank for keeping interest rate too low for too long. Despite inflation reaching unprecedented levels, the Fed kept interest rates too low until last month.

The “Putin Price Hike” is only the latest Biden attempt to deflect responsibility. At first, the White House insisted that inflation was “transitory.” This was, of course, repeated throughout the press. Even fact-checked were those who dared to disagree. They claimed that inflation was all about COVID-19. Then it was all about “supply chain disruptions.”

They assured us that all this would end and that everything would be fine. This was all before Russian President Vladimir Putin started his war. Now it’s Putin’s fault. People often don’t have the time to study issues at length, but they can smell pure political spin from a mile away. This one is just plain disgusting.


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