Several prominent publications endorsed then-candidate Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential elections, promising a Biden presidency would bring peace, unity and prosperity. The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Houston Chronicle predicted that Biden would be able to break free from Trump’s turmoil and fill his White House with his years of experience. Biden’s experience would have enabled him and his team to guide the nation through difficult situations abroad, ending the pandemic and implementing the transformative energy policy that the left had always desired.
The reality, just two years later, is a series of stumbles, failures, and losses in Washington have led to polls like 75 percent of likely Dem voters in New Hampshire wishing for Biden to step aside in 2024. Biden is not living up to his optimistic predictions, as Americans are facing rising inflation and a growing recession.
Biden was sold as the “steady hand on the wheel” by The New York Times editorial board in its generous October 2020 endorsement. According to the editorial board, Biden promised “a president Biden would embrace law and rebuild public confidence in democracy institutions”, and “his primary focus would be healing divisions and rallying America around common values “. The reality is starkly different. A recent Gallup survey showed that Americans are less confident in democratic institutions, such as the U.S. school system, and more patriotic among adults is indicating this.
Only 28% of Americans said they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in public schools, marking the second lowest confidence score U.S. public schools have received in the poll’s history, Gallup reported.
Before 2015, typically, at least 55% of adults in the U.S. would say they are extremely proud to be an American. About 80% usually said they were extremely or very proud, according to Gallup.
In the Biden years, that number went down significantly, with 38% of U.S. adults saying they are extremely proud and 65% saying they are extremely or very proud to be an American, Gallup reported. The poll surveyed 1,015 U.S. adults from June 1-20 with a margin of error of +/-4%. (RELATED:’Laughably Behind The Curve’: The Fed Isn’t Doing Enough To Rein In Inflation, Economists Say)
The Washington Post and USA Today editorial boards touted Biden’s economic experience during the financial crisis under former President Barack Obama as crucial to his ability to steer the economy through any incoming pandemic-related hardships.
“As vice president in the Obama administration, Biden played a central role in the last economic recovery and is equipped to handle another one,” the USA Today editorial board stated.
The Washington Post board argued Biden would draw from his “well of experience” handling economic hardship as Obama’s vice president to help the U.S. economy recover from the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns.
“If he takes the oath in the midst of the pandemic’s second wave, as is quite possible, with the economy in a tailspin, we can be confident Mr. Biden will rise to the occasion,” wrote The Washington Post editorial board.
Just about three years later, U.S. business owners “believe the Biden Administration is failing to address inflation and supply chain disruption,” according to a recent Job Creators Network (JCN) survey.
As the U.S. experienced a 9.1% increase in inflation in June, the JCN survey revealed that even though Biden promised to “rise to the occasion,” U.S. businesses reported indicators of a slowing economy, such as lower profit margins and job losses.
President Biden and the Fed’s inflation denial worsened inflation and pushed the economy into a recession.
American families are discovering that Biden’s economic system is cruel. pic.twitter.com/ynJB0SP3Yr
— Ways and Means GOP (@WaysandMeansGOP) July 18, 2022
Timirie Shibley, owner of the Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita, Kansas, told the Daily Caller News Foundation in July that everything about operating her business has gone up.
“The price we pay for a case of eggs (15 dozen), for example, has gone from $17 to $61, and for a restaurant that goes through 6500 eggs a week, that’s not at all insignificant,” Shibley told the DCNF.
The publications, which cast Trump as a boon for authoritarianism abroad, advertised a future Biden presidency where the U.S. would garner respect globally and prevent authoritarian leadership from taking power internationally.
Biden] will stand with America’s allies, and against enemies that seek to undermine democracy,” The New York Times stated. He would not give refuge to foreign autocrats The New York Times editorial board stated that Biden’s “unusually rich grasp and experience in foreign policies” provided him with the necessary chops to manage international relations. (RELATED : Biden Promised to Declare Climate Emergency To Pass Through the Green Agenda: REPORT )
The Washington Post board stated that Biden’s “sober vision of American power” revealed fundamental differences in Trump and Biden’s foreign relations experience. “On foreign policy Mr. Biden offers an immensely positive change from Trump’s administration by simply promising to rebuild long-standing U.S. allies and the global leadership Mr. Trump willfully disrupted,” The Washington Post wrote. Biden said he would unite democratic countries in “fighting corruption and defending against authoritarianism” and strengthen defenses against Russia. He would stop Mr. Trump’s coddling of Arab dictatorships like Saudi Arabia
. However, Biden’s foreign policy skills were tested early in his presidency when he completed the U.S. military withdraw from Afghanistan.
Biden’s chaotic withdrawal was condemned by the international community after footage of Afghan civilians being thrown from U.S. military aircraft went viral. He also received heavy criticism from grieving military families following an explosion at the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. service members and injured 18 others.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian and Russian geopolitical influence has expanded.
Despite threats and sanctions, Russia continues to ignore Biden’s requests for an end to its invading and subsequent war with Ukraine. Brittney Griner, an American basketball player was also detained by the Russian government for possession of marijuana. Biden warned them against trying to force her release. To free the imprisoned WNBA star, the administration is considering trading Russia’s “Merchant of Death”. Due to the U.S. Energy Crisis, caused in part by Biden’s green energy policy, his recent Middle East trip included stopping to ask Saudi Arabia for more oil production. This was unsuccessful. Instead of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman promising to increase oil production, he criticised Biden’s domestic energy policies. “Adopting unrealistic strategies to lower emissions, by excluding major sources of energy, will result in the coming years in unprecedented inflation and an rise in energy prices and a rising unemployment rate and worsening social and security issues,” Prince Mohammad stated. With China as the U.S.’s main adversary, The Washington Post stated that Biden would support the Chinese Communist Party. Biden would better position America as a capitalist rival to China, The Washington Post stated. “He would work with allies in order to confront China’s abusive behavior” and “he will stand for the country’s belief that freedom and openness are the best defenses against Chinese surveillance authoritarianism.” The threat from Biden’s experience in foreign policy has not deterred the CCP. The CCP instead took control of Hong Kong and annexed it to mainland China. The Chinese military also escalated provocations against the U.S., Taiwanese militaries along the Taiwan Strait, and continued its cyberattacks on Americans, U.S. government, and U.S. citizens. corporations.
While millions were struggling under high gasoline prices, Biden went round U.S. refiners and sold more than 5 million barrels from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve
. The virtual summit was held in Washington, DC, November.
Republican Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson told the Washington Free Beacon in July that Biden’s China policies are “helping our adversaries and setting America up for failure in the event of a major disaster or national security threat.”
After China threatened to take over Taiwan in a similar fashion to Hong Kong, the CCP said it would respond with “forceful measures” if Democratic Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi continued her planned August visit to the democratic and independent island country.
Biden who had previously pledged Taiwan’s defense against Chinese invasion, gave up and told reporters that it was not a good idea for Pelosi, the U.S. military, to allow her to go on the planned trip.
An Administration Lacking Experience
Several outlets attempted to reassure readers that Biden’s ability to choose a competent administration would fill any gaps in Biden’s own experience.
The New York Times editorial board promised Biden would “stock his administration with competent, qualified, principled individuals.” (RELATED: ‘Out-Of-Date’: Biden Responds To Record High Inflation Numbers)
USA Today said that “with his plans, his personnel picks, his experience and his humanity, Joe Biden can help lead the United States out of this morass and into the future.”
The Houston Chronicle editorial board argued that “as evident by his V.P. pick of Sen. Kamala Harris,” Biden would fill his administration with “qualified, effective people from diverse backgrounds.”
Despite promises of a “qualified” administration, 62% of Biden’s appointees that “deal with economic policy, regulation, commerce, energy and finance” have “virtually no business experience,” according to a report from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, reported by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
President Trump had 45 years of experience in business.
The average Biden Administration official is 2.4 years. Now you understand why America is so in trouble.
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) July 16, 2022
The study found that while Trump’s administration had an average of 13 years of private business experience, the average business experience of 68 top Democrats and appointees in the Biden administration who now make critical policy decisions affecting the economy is only 2.4 years. It’s reasonable to question if Biden’s policies and results are reflective of a complete lack of understanding about business,” stated the WSJ. According to the WSJ, “Presidents can appoint anyone they want, but the results of Business ignorance in this Administration speak for themselves The lack of experience within Biden’s Cabinet goes well beyond the economy.”
“Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo has spent nearly all his career in politics and government,” the WSJ wrote. “Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has no experience in healthcare.”
“Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was a mayor and management consultant with little experience in supply chains or America’s vast transportation network,” the outlet wrote.
Buttigieg wasn’t eyeing the transportation position originally, according to Axios. Buttigieg was interested in being Biden’s Ambassador to the United Nations. But Biden refused him.
Instead, Buttigieg was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Feb. 2, 2021, as the head of the Department of Transportation, which has a budget of $87 million and over 58,000 employees.
His previous transportation experience consisted of being mayor of South Bend, Indiana, with its small regional airport, small train station, and a bus station with a fleet of fewer than 50 buses.
Less than eight months into Buttigieg’s appointment, he was apparently AWOL during the supply-chain crisis when videos of U.S. ports, from New York to Los Angeles, showed an overwhelming 250,000 containers still waiting to be unloaded.
Ships wait off the California coast, unable to unload their cargo.
Truckers often face logjams and are overwhelmed by the workload.
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 10, 2021
The Department of Transportation had neglected to announce that Buttigieg took paid maternity leave starting in August, a department spokesperson told Politico. Politico’s Playbook Newsletter began with the exaggerated line, “Pete Buttigieg had been MIA” acknowledging that most media hadn’t noticed Buttigieg’s absence in the crisis. Playbook then asked for a quote.
For the first four weeks, but for important agency decisions and matters which could not be delegated, he was offline,” a spokesperson said to the outlet. The department said that Buttigieg would “continue to take some time over the coming weeks to support his husband and take care of his new children.”
The support included Buttigieg flying to Chicago to attend the premiere of a documentary about himself, a glowing write-up in Business Insider teasing a 2024 presidential run, and interviews with NBC about parenthood being the ‘most demanding thing’ he’s ever done.
Perhaps, with Biden’s polling at previously unprecedented lows that rival those of Trump, Buttigieg is now the only hope for the Democratic Party. The Biden administration appears to be more concerned with defining “recession” rather than actually solving many of America’s problems.
“The ‘it’s not a recession’ discourse is so ANNOYING,” Saagar Enjeti, host of the YouTube show Breaking Points and former Daily Caller White House correspondent, wrote on Twitter, “and peak econ brain. Nobody gives a shit about definitions, they care that gas and food are too expensive.”