Most of the time, you can look at Washington D.C. and say that, while some of the things they’re doing there are not pretty, they don’t often have an immediate and direct impact on our daily lives. Usually, the greatest impact to our daily lives comes from local and, at most, state government. All politics is local, after all.
But for months now, the national economic situation (along with the deteriorating border and social climate) has been brought to the forefront of almost every family’s worries. It’s been a news cycle that Joe Biden and his administration cannot escape from.
It’s sort of like how COVID-19 was for Donald Trump. Normally, Trump was capable of changing the news cycle on a dime, simply by tweeting something out. But COVID was a global pandemic, and he couldn’t escape it. It was, in large part, why he lost in 2020.
But Trump had always suffered a low approval rating because of the tweeting and the constant attacks from the press. It was almost impossible for him to catch a positive headline. The same cannot be said of Biden, who has had a relatively good relationship with the press thus far.
So, while Trump’s low approval was virtually always guaranteed, Biden had to earn his. And boy, has he.
That low approval in every category has reportedly irritated him to no end.
In crisis after crisis, the White House has found itself either limited or helpless in its efforts to combat the forces pummeling them. Morale inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is plummeting amid growing fears that the parallels to Jimmy Carter, another first-term Democrat plagued by soaring prices and a foreign policy morass, will stick.
The president has expressed exasperation that his poll numbers have sunk below those of Donald Trump, whom Biden routinely refers to in private as “the worst president” in history and an existential threat to the nation’s democracy.
Far more prone to salty language behind the scenes than popularly known, Biden also recently erupted over being kept out of the loop about the direness of the baby formula shortage that has gripped parts of the country, according to a White House staffer and a Democrat with knowledge of the conversation. He voiced his frustration in a series of phone calls to allies, his complaints triggered by heart-wrenching cable news coverage of young mothers crying in fear that they could not feed their children.
Biden is somehow, miraculously, the most powerful man in the world and yet a bystander to all the ills of his country. He was kept out of the loop on the formula issue? Then fire the people who kept you out of the loop. It’s not difficult to do. You are the chief executive of the federal government. All that bureaucracy falls under your fiefdom. Fire people and make an example of the lazy bureaucrats who sat on their hands during a crisis that the rest of America saw coming a mile away.
But it’s not just the baby formula crisis. Inflation has been a constant thorn in the side of the Biden administration, which has tried to make it sound like he can fix it while also saying there are so many factors beyond his control. But, there are some things that he was in control of — like signing the very pandemic aid bill that led to the bulk of the inflation issues we’re now seeing. He can also fire people like Janet Yellen, who are openly saying “Nope, didn’t see it coming!”
The energy crisis? It’s not a difficult fix. You can cut a lot of the red tape that dissuades oil and gas companies from producing on land leases, and you can stop your silent war on offshore drilling. You don’t have to be beholden to the ideological extremists in your party who insist that we will not have any air to breathe in the next 15 minutes due to carbon emissions.
Biden wants to fix the problems the country is facing, but he can’t. He is enslaved by, and a member of, the far-left extremists who insist on fundamentally changing America to match their unrealistic vision of utopia.
What’s worse, his team’s plan to win back favor in the eyes of Americans addresses approximately zero of the problems Americans are facing. Families are gathered around the kitchen table, trying to decide the best use of their dwindling resources and Biden wants to stand before them and decry the (possible) end of Roe v. Wade and the entirely made-up right to abortion it created.
The Biden administration has spent their entire time in power just reacting to news story after news story, and Americans haven’t seen any sort of relief from the barrage of crisis after crisis. So, sure, go ahead and rant about a Republican tax plan no one has heard of while black Americans continue to walk away from the Democrats. I’m sure that’s how you’ll win them back. You don’t need to figure out how to stop inflation from out-pacing wage growth. That’s just silly.