When historians study the disaster that was the Biden administration, they will find many factors that contributed to the historical level failure we are witnessing. At the top of the list is a president who is clearly just not up for the job. Whether due to age, cognitive decline or general incompetence, Joe Biden has not been able to lead America. No one wants a weak president. People can smell weakness, and Biden smells of it. The president put himself in a further hole by surrounding himself with a young staff that is more driven by a rigid, left-wing ideology than a desire to help the lives of everyday Americans. With a leader who is apparently too weak to temper his team’s radical ideas, the results have been disastrous.
Even with a corporate media desperate to keep supporting him, Biden’s approval ratings are at an all – time low. Support among men has fallen through the floor. More worryingly, his support from the normally rock-solid black and Spanish-speaking party of the Democratic Party has dropped dramatically. The collapse of the Democratic Party is so complete that their only remaining hope is that the Republicans will somehow find a way to screw up enough to give them another chance. Asking for a Republican disaster may be the Democrats’ only shot. It’s generally not a far out scenario, but this time their deficit may just be insurmountable.
How did things fall so far so fast for Biden and the Democrats? Amazingly, the president seemed to capture the national mood perfectly in his inaugural speech. Americans are not happy. Polarization is at a record level, and it has bypassed politics and led to a country more divided than perhaps at any point since the Civil War. Biden certainly covered a few left-leaning priorities in his opening speech, but more than anything else, he called for national healing and unity. Had he ruled that way, he would not be in the position he is in today. Instead, he ruled from the outset, seemingly at the head of the radical wing of his party, from a frozen ideological and astonishingly out of touch perspective that left average Americans confused.
Biden immediately dismantled many of former President Donald Trump’s border security policies. This is not surprising from a democratic politician. But Biden had no compensation plan. He took down policies that worked and did not bother to put any own plan in place to secure the border. As the predictable crisis followed, the Biden team’s first reaction was to pretend everything was fine; there was no crisis. When you have the majority of the media on your team, you can try those kind of bold explanations, but that was too much. Just as the CNN reporter proclaims riot-cities “mostly peaceful” in a camera image with burning buildings in the background, there is a level of political spin that just will never work. After an election in which many Democrats openly spoke in favor of open borders and the decriminalization of illegal border crossings, the political blame for the crisis landed at the border right in the president’s lap.
But the greatest responsibility for the president is not the limit; it is the rising prices that are hammering the American people. Knowing the political price they are likely to pay for soaring inflation, Team Biden is desperately trying to spin this off as “Putin’s price increase.” Unfortunately, the record is so clear that only the most committed partisans would try to repeat that quarrel.
When Biden took office, the first major economic debate over his nearly $ 2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package was the so-called U.S. rescue plan. On the heels of several Trump COVID-19 stimulus policies, many leading experts on both sides warned that Biden’s spending was going too far. Overstimulating the economy in this way, they argued, would pose a risk of high inflation. The Republican warnings were perhaps best summed up by Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Trump. Hassett’s warning to Biden and the Fed was not subtle. He gave it the title “Inflation: The ingredients are in the pot and the fire is on.”
Understandably, Biden wanted to tune out of Trump’s chief economist, but he also tuned in to some of the most prominent economic heads in his own party. Bill Clinton’s Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers, and Barack Obama’s chief economist, Jason Furman, also warned very directly about inflation, beginning early in the Biden presidency. The Biden team and their surrogates in the press not only ignored these warnings from leading Democrats; they attacked them viciously for daring to disagree. Perhaps only topped by his tragic predictions of the doomed withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden defended his huge spending proposals with an argument that would be really comical if it were not so sad: “The one thing we learned is that we can not do too much here. We can do too little. “
They did too much.
Biden also rewarded the Federal Reserve leadership with new appointments despite a clear mistake on the part of the Fed in predicting and addressing inflation. Many economists in both parties have criticized the central bank for keeping interest rates too low for too long. Despite inflation already rising to levels not seen in decades, the Fed continued to stimulate the economy with bond purchases until just last month.
The “Putin price hike” is only the latest Biden attempt to divert responsibility. First, the White House insisted that inflation was “transient.” This, of course, was repeated throughout the press. Those who dared to distance themselves were even fact-checked. Inflation was all about COVID-19, they claimed. Then it was about “supply chain disruptions.” All this would come to an end and all would be well, they told us. This was all before Vladimir Putin even began his war. Now it’s Putin’s fault. People often do not have time to study topics thoroughly, but they can smell pure political spin at a mile distance. This one just stinks.
Neil Patel is a syndicated columnist.