Political journalists are covering this White House exactly as anticipated… The D.C. press corps is entirely in the pocket of the Biden team in the most servile, sycophantic way. Watching their Fourth Estate cosplay “speak truth to power” moments during White House press conferences is pathetic and groan-inducing. They pander for a pat on the head from the jarringly mediocre Press Secretary Jen Psaki and gush at every utterance from anyone even vaguely associated with the reign of good ol’ Amtrak Joe.
While theirs is a total abdication of journalistic integrity, it’s also deeply boring. More or less, the only members of the White House press corps who ever ask a challenging question of the Biden team work for Fox News. You can almost hear the groans coming from the supposed “guardians of our democracy” who sit around them. Legacy media journalists might as well be wearing Harris-Biden 2024 hats while they sit in the West Wing. We’ve certainly seen partisan play-acting like this before. Beltway journos and the national media were devoted to then-President Obama in a way that bordered on the amorous.
With Biden, journalists view their calling as smothering anyone who recognizes reality with a pillow while they drape a cardigan over the president’s shoulders and feed him applesauce.
This is a man who will soon be 79 years old. In all fairness, he’s probably not up for a job that involves much more than feeding squirrels in the park and reading picture books to the grandkids. He’s definitely not a responsible choice to be leader of the free world, but here we are…
As obvious as media partisanship on Biden’s behalf may be, it’s unfortunately effective. In the fourth month of the Biden presidency, a recent AP-NORC poll had his approval rating at 63%. We live in a time when it’s astonishingly difficult for the American people to get an honest sense of what the Biden White House is really doing and how much further Left he hopes to take the country.
‘Sound Like FDR… Govern Like AOC’
Based on what we have seen in the first four months, swing voters didn’t get the centrist uniter they were promised during the campaign.
That has been clear with every executive order, speech, and casual utterance from Biden since his taking office. What we’re witnessing is a president who speaks in the mumbled tones of a moderate while making radical policy promises (that he can’t deliver because of razor-thin congressional majorities).
Biden’s governing philosophy (if such a thing exists) seems to be “sound like FDR, govern like AOC.” Now I know this is admittedly a contentious, partisan appraisal… but the corporate media has so little interest in an adversarial approach to Biden and the rest of the Democrats in power, the only analysis worth reading these days generally comes from critics on the Right.
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With that in mind, here’s an assessment looking at the biggest issues of what Joe Biden has done since taking office more than 120 days ago and what he’s likely to do next.
You’ll notice it’s quite light on actual accomplishments attributable to his leadership or decision-making, and there are some warning signs flashing about a weakening economy, inflation, and unemployment.
Operation Warp-Speed Beneficiary
Biden took office in an enviable position when it comes to the COVID pandemic. Whereas Trump was pushed into supporting the worthless lockdowns and absurd interventions of Fauciism while there was maximum virus panic… and Biden got to take charge when a vaccine was already in national distribution.
Nationwide deaths and hospitalizations have been plummeting for months. Biden’s proponents will point to his distribution of the vaccine – more than 340 million doses and counting – in his first few months, and this of course isn’t a minor achievement… (though it’s not clear how he did anything other than continue the plans Trump put in place before him).
Remember, it was Trump’s Operation Warp Speed and the geniuses of (the oft-maligned) Big Pharma who actually created the near-miraculous mRNA vaccines that are ending this pandemic.
Biden’s continued obsession with mask wearing – including while alone, outside, as a fully vaccinated person – has been a window into the cultish mindset of the Lockdown Left.
And the Biden administration’s absurd, contradictory, anti-science messaging around what the vaccinated can do normally again has given a tremendous boost to vaccine hesitancy.
A Taxing Presidency
They haven’t gone up yet, but they will. That’s a promise everyone expects Biden to keep, and Republicans can’t do much more than complain about it to the public and hope for the best in the mid-term elections. Democrats can use the reconciliation process in Congress to make the tax changes they want. There’s no way to block this, unless some in their own party get cold feet.
What will these tax hikes look like? Biden’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress on April 28 was as forgettable as political theater, but instructive about the intention of this White House to make people “pay their fair share.”
Biden told the American people that taxes on high earners, corporations, and capital gains will be raised, saying…
We’re going to get rid of the loopholes that allow Americans who make more than $1 million a year pay a lower rate on their capital gains than working Americans pay on their work. This will only affect three tenths of 1% of all Americans. And the IRS will crack down on millionaires and billionaires who cheat on their taxes. That’s estimated to be billions of dollars.
That last part about the IRS definitely raised some eyebrows… Anytime a Democrat talks about strengthening the IRS, every person who cares for free speech, liberty, and private property should be concerned.
One of the Biden Administration’s Jobs? Apparently Not Creating Any
It’s tough to separate what jobs have been created in 2021 because of Biden policy versus those that have been added to payrolls in the private sector despite Biden meddling.
It’s a certainty that there will be increased economic activity, especially hiring, as the economy reopens this year. The best thing Biden could do is get out of the way.
Of course, that’s not the Biden-Democrat plan. He wants to spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure, and a big piece of that will be massive Democrat jobs programs.
The fact that the April jobs report had nonfarm payrolls increasing by 266,000 jobs (around 700,000 less than Dow Jones was predicting) while the unemployment rate rose to 6.1% shows that Biden’s big plans aren’t instilling confidence in businesses to invest and hire.
Immigration: Bordering on Disaster
This has been a total catastrophe for Biden. The U.S.-Mexico border is the most overrun with illegal crossings it has been in living memory. The Biden administration has set records for the most illegal immigrant children ever held in Border Patrol and Health and Human Services custody.
The whole situation is a mess, with hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants finding ways to scam America’s asylum system and gain de facto permanent status in America.
If we had an honest national press, they would be doing stories night after night on the flood of human trafficking and cartel narcotics smuggling currently going on. Border Patrol and other federal law enforcement agencies tasked with enforcing immigration are completely overwhelmed.
Instead, the Biden administration gets away with pretending this is a processing capacity issue instead of a law enforcement one, and so the flood of illegal immigrants continues.
A Third Obama Term
As we go into the second “hundred days” of Biden’s first term, there’s no reason to believe his approach will change or moderate.
It’s widely believed on the Right that senior advisors around Biden are doing most of the heavy lifting on major policy and decision-making. In this formulation, Biden is largely a puppet of the Democrat establishment that has gathered around him… and what the American people are left with is effectively a third term of the Obama administration.
If that assessment is correct, we should all get ready for more government, higher taxes, weak economic growth, and endless excuses in the media for why the lofty promises of the increasingly authoritarian, socialist apparatus of the Democrats fail to come to fruition.