So much has gone wrong so quickly, it’s hard to remember that we were only nine months into Joe Biden’s presidency. Less than one-third of the country now thinks America is “on the right track” since last spring, a dramatic decline, and a frustrating one, not only for Biden and his team, but for the country as well. Three developments are driving this decline in confidence.
First, Biden is pursuing a self-proclaimed strategy to “transform” America, despite the promises of his campaign, to unite the country, put pressure on bilateralism, and restore normalcy and normalcy. Not what he did. He has tried to force big, progressive changes, a strategy that is bound to split because he did not campaign on that platform or win a congressional mandate to follow it. Second, so far all of Biden’s major policies have failed – some spectacularly. He can’t point to any big wins to offset them. Third, Biden himself has been unable to mount an effective, consistent defense of his administration and its priorities.
The growing result is a sharp decline in public approval, especially among individuals. Biden won the White House because he carried their votes, or perhaps Donald Trump lost them. Now, with Trump leaving and Biden standing alone, the work he is doing in the Oval Office is unique to one in four.
Instead of listening to those red flags, the Biden administration is moving forward silently, as the catastrophe escalates. What the public is seeing are rising prices, supply chain disruptions, an open southern border and withdrawal from Afghanistan. They see a rocking president who seems to be overwhelmed by the sea of trouble.
Immigration failure was evident from the beginning and has worsened. Problems arose along the way to the campaign, when Biden and Orange Harris were at odds with Donald Trump’s “humanitarian” approach to illegal immigration. Potential immigrants from Central America, the Caribbean, and South America have heard the message, “Come, all of you.” Human traffickers have done the same to those who will transport them, as well as drug and gang members across the border. After the new administration took office, it confirmed the new approach, ending construction of the border wall (already contracted and paid for but not yet built) and repealing Trump’s policy that immigrants must stay in Mexico when applying for asylum.
These new policies have yielded predictable results Illegal immigrants are starting to arrive in unprecedented numbers. They continue to do so, and the flow shows no signs of slowing down. The New York Times reports that law enforcement has encountered “a record 1.7 million immigrants … trying to enter the United States illegally in the last 12 months, within a year of chaos on the southern border. This is the highest number since the government began keeping records in 1960. , The administration has not proposed any serious plans to stop or even slow down this continuing human wave.
Energy policy is another failure, which has a huge public impact. Biden’s mandate and executive orders relied on the party’s green energy branch but, above the inflation rate, led to price increases. These prices are painfully clear at the gas pump and it will crash when the winter heating bill arrives. Faced with this bloated difficulty, Biden chose to stay on course and beg OPEC countries to produce more oil. What he will not do is change the internal policies that squashed oil and gas production and distribution.
The price of electricity is not just rising. Overall inflation is the highest in three decades. This is a problem in its own right and a major obstacle to passing Biden’s huge social-expenditure initiative. The bill seeks to reward certain constituencies, an ideal practice by all presidents, and to lock in Washington’s metastasizing role in our society and economy. Biden’s bizarre sales pitch is that these huge programs are absolutely free. No one believes him. What millions of Americans believe is that unreasonable spending will only exacerbate inflation and lead helplessly to higher taxes and slower growth.
The administration’s latest claim is that it can pay for everything by taxing billionaires’ potential capital gains (i.e., on unrealized gains from unsold securities). Even if that confiscated system passes a constitutional deposit, an iffi proposal, it will not come close enough to raise revenue. A huge deficit means a huge increase in deficit expenditure or higher taxes that exceed the top 1%. Since everyone except the most left-wing Democrats have backed out of the tax, most of Trump’s tax cuts are likely to survive.
The public does not seem to care about the federal budget deficit. They were not under Reagan, Bush or Trump and they will not be under Biden. What they think, though, is inflation. They are already seeing problematic signs in supermarkets, drug stores and restaurants. When workers go on strike they also see it as an organized labor-motivated activity. Who can blame them? They demand an increase to keep pace with prices and there is leverage to do so in a tight job market. They may also notice that the White House is no longer announcing that price increases are only temporary.
Foreign policy is also not a bright spot. The president came into office with a promise to restore America’s position abroad. That hope was dashed at the gate of Kabul airport where 13 American military personnel were killed. This tragedy was followed by another: a US drone strike killed 10 innocent civilians. Hundreds of Americans still appear to be stranded in the country, though the administration is reluctant to say how many. (On Tuesday, the Pentagon acknowledged that about 450 Americans were still being held, more than double the number announced by the State Department last week.) . They say America will ensure stability in Kabul. Beyond the problem of potential hostages, many are wondering whether this humiliating defeat will lead to more provocative challenges from Russia, China and Iran. The Afghan experience leaves both friends and foes with little confidence in the president’s ability to manage them.
Complicating all this is Biden’s inability to defend or explain his own policies. That is not to say that policies are irresistible. This is because Biden seems unable to justify their unscripted settings. Instead, he makes short speeches, falls off a teleprompter, then turns his face and leaves the house.
Biden’s silence was a winning strategy before the election, as it limited his gaffs and focused the race on Donald Trump. Tim Biden wisely made the election a referendum at 45M Not a choice between the president, Trump and Biden. That strategy worked. Now it is very difficult to stop the silent behavior that Biden is in the most powerful office in the country and the decision that affects all of us. Americans have a right to know why their president makes these decisions and see how he protects them against criticism. Biden rarely answers.
Silence may be his best response, as he makes disobedient errors even in friendly settings. In one-on-one conversations with ABC’s George Stefanopoulos, for example, the president reiterated his claim that the administration had done a better job than leaving Afghanistan and that no one could have done better. He added that his late son Beau had served there. (Since Beau never served in Afghanistan, ABC removed that comment from the broadcast footage. It was a deliberate media distortion to help a politician who supported the network.) The president further claimed that, in multiple settings, he followed unanimous advice to his military Leaders and intelligence officials to remove all U.S. troops from the country. In fact, most asked him to leave about 2,500 troops there for intelligence and special operations.
Biden’s latest unscripted adventure came with CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week and it was full of gaffs and worse. One was a clear commitment to protect Taiwan if Beijing attacked. The statement, which Biden reiterated when Cooper reiterated the question, represented a major shift in American foreign policy, which had maintained “strategic ambiguity” about Taiwan’s defense for decades. The White House has spent days trying to walk behind the president’s remarks, as it did with his remarks that he would deploy the National Guard to address the trucking deficit. Only governors can deploy guards.
The White House is now concerned about noise, confusion, failed policies and a sinking vote. It is a growing public belief that biden is not just for jobs. As his policies continue to falter and burn, he refuses to change direction or admits that he is pursuing a divisive agenda that is very different from the one he pursued. As soon as the question arose, he sent helpers to forgive them while they were out of contact.
This is not a happy picture. President Biden has eroded public confidence and turned from his carefully crafted image as Good All ‘Scranton Joe into something close to a misleading, incompetent cartoon character: D’Oh Biden.