There’s a Cold War Brewing Between Biden and Everyday Americans

Last June, the Biden administration unveiled its “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism.” Despite its anodyne-sounding name, the “National Strategy” was anything but anodyne.

The pamphlet represented the logical culmination of the left’s cynical use of the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot as a means of ginning up large-scale, nationwide anti-Republican/anti-Trump voter sentiment.

The result, evinced again by Attorney General Merrick Garland’s disgraceful October 2021 memo directing the FBI to intrude on local school board meetings and crack down on anti-critical race theory parental revolts, has been a roiling cold war waged by the ruling class against us “deplorables” and our political “wrong-think.”

Now, seven months after Garland’s infamous Oct. 4 memo, the better question to ask is not whether President Joe Biden is engaged in a cold war merely against the “deplorables.” We know the answer to that: yes. The more important question is whether the Biden administration has now entered a cold war against a wider target: the entire American population. Based on all data and metrics, the answer seems to be yes.

Let’s review.

Most obvious and perhaps most important, inflation—which the Federal Reserve finally recently conceded is not “transitory” but here to stay for a while—is now the highest it has been in four decades. The Consumer Price Index increased 8.3% in April on an annualized basis—slightly Lower than March’s 8.5% clip, but still painfully above the Fed’s 2% target.

Biden recently declared fighting inflation his top domestic priority. But he does not seem keen to curb the massive inflationary deficit spending which has characterized his presidency. Biden has not indicated to Fed Chair Jerome Powell that it is possible for him to accept the steep interest rate increases necessary to bring back inflation under control.

Biden is also looking to “fight” inflation—a de facto regressive tax that eats away everyone’s savings, but hits lower- and middle-class earners the hardest—in all the wrong places. Inflation is traditionally defined as too much money chasing down too few goods. But Democrats seem uninterested to work with Republicans on the kind of industrial policy measures that will immediately boost domestic production. On the contrary, Biden’s priorities are completely backward.

Amidst unprecedented—and potentially lethal—shortages in baby formula, he has not acted swiftly to either invoke the Defense Production Act to ramp up domestic production (after his own FDA shut down a baby formula production facility) or temporarily lift the import tariffs that have helped cartelize the domestic baby formula market.

At the same time, Biden has openly mused about ending the Trump administration’s signature tariffs on China. All that would do is increase the dependency of the American consumer on our geopolitical arch-foe. Fed-driven monetary policy aside, the way to fight inflation on the fiscal side is to accelerate production—not to fortify China’s cheap-labor sword of Damocles that dangles over the American economy.

Perhaps most revealing, as reported by the Washington Examiner, Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., tweeted photos appearing to show “(s)helves and pallets packed with baby formula” at holding facilities for illegal aliens. This, of course, while actual U.S. citizen parents are frantically scrambling from store to store to ensure their babies don’t starve.

Translation: Illegal aliens rule.

But it’s not just the open-borders/pro-illegal alien lobby that plays our ruling class like a fiddle; it’s also the zealots in the environmentalist movement. The Biden administration cancelled offshore oil and natural gas leases in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, while nearly 30 states are reporting record highs for average gas prices at the pump. Biden also admitted that energy is responsible for 60% of the current inflation in America. Higher fuel prices for trucks or tractors trickle down and impact all goods and foodstuffs that are produced and shipped.

Amidst this carnage to Americans’ savings and retirement accounts, it is unfathomable for the administration to further Be specificDomestic energy production. These restrictions are intended to appease the greenie-malthusian radicals that increasingly dominate the Democratic donor list. They also make Americans more energy-dependent on human rights bastions like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. Our ruling class, populated by virtue-signaling electric car owners sleeps well at night while normal gasoline-dependent Americans are annihilated at gas pumps.

Congress is racing for an emergency $40 billion appropriation to Ukraine. It is a distant land, now in its fourth month under a serious humanitarian crisis. But it is not a pressing domestic issue. Post-Maidan Revolution Ukraine is a well-known playground for venal slush funds and parochial NGO interests, but that apparently did not give the U.S. House any pause in reviewing the legislation to minimize any gratuitous pork; it rapidly passed Congress’ lower chamber by a lopsided tally of 368-57.

The situation in Ukraine is tragic—but so is the situation at the porous U.S.-Mexico border, which has been completely overrun in recent months by transnational drug cartel-trafficked illegal migrants. Those migrants and cartels are incentivized to make and orchestrate the hazardous journey north due to the Biden administration’s various amnesty magnets, such as its return of Obama-era “catch-and-release” policy for illegal aliens in the U.S. interior.

Translation: Ukraine’s border with Russia matters more than America’s own border with Mexico.

It is hard to recall when the U.S. president has acted so consistently against the interests of the average citizen to whom he oaths to defend and protect the Constitution. Fortunately, Biden’s historically low approval ratings hint at a ballot box remedy for our national woes: a red wave beckons this fall.


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