President Joe Biden won election last year with an appeal to those who didn’t care for the freewheeling style of former President Donald Trump. Biden claimed he would offer calm and steady leadership.
Less than one year into his presidency, Biden hasn’t delivered on either count… unless “calm” refers to him apparently falling asleep in the middle of a major speech at the climate summit.
Biden’s gaffes at home and abroad have made international headlines. Even the late-night hosts, once-supportive of Biden, are now cracking jokes at his expense.
And on policy, he’s made five major mistakes that have Americans paying the price, often literally.
INFLATION: The Biden administration has failed to bring the post-pandemic economy under control, causing the prices of nearly everything to surge.
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The Consumer Price Index jumped 5.4 percent in September compared to one year earlier, including a 25 percent increase in fuel prices and a 4.6 percent rise in the price of food overall, and a 10.5 percent jump in essentials such as meats, poultry, fish and eggs.
And Christmas presents are not only more expensive, but also more scarce. Both Santa and parents are struggling to fill holiday wish lists because of the empty shelves in stores.
AFGHANISTAN: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called this the most glaring failure of Biden’s leadership.
“He should be ashamed of himself,” Gingrich wrote in the Washington Times as he spoke of the death toll – U.S. soldiers and Afghan civilians alike – after terrorists struck during a botched evacuation that the administration clearly hadn’t prepared for.
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While Biden’s hand-selected experts claimed that the Taliban would take years to seize control of the country, the organization did it in a matter of days, causing a humiliating end to America’s longest war.
BORDER CRISIS: One of Biden’s biggest and most public moves was to cease construction of the border wall.
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Since then, crossings have surged, leading to a humanitarian crisis on the border as well as a flood of immigrants. While some are desperate families searching for a new life, the Border Patrol has also battled organized crime and seized record amounts of illegal drugs, including a 94 percent increase in fentanyl seizures from last year, and a 233 percent jump since 2019.
VACCINE FLIP-FLOP: Biden has attacked those who worry about the coronavirus vaccine – while conveniently forgetting that he and Vice President Kamala Harris were among the first to question it.
Last year, the two suggested any vaccine developed under the Trump administration would be questionable.
“And the question of whether it’s real, when it’s there, that requires enormous transparency,” he said last summer, according to Fox News, adding that questioning the vaccine doesn’t make you an anti-vaxxer.
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“It’s beyond that, because people are losing faith in what the president says,” he said.
Harris was even more blunt when asked about the shot developed as part of Trump’s Operation Warp Speed initiative: “I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump… I will not take his word for it.”
Now, they’re both singing a much different tune – and wondering why they’re getting so much resistance.
INFRASTRUCTURE: Biden has championed a massive infrastructure package with precious little infrastructure in it.
According to a GOP analysis, just 7 percent of the more than $2 trillion in proposed and planned spending is for what most people thinking of as infrastructure, A.K.A. roads and bridges.
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The rest is a liberal wish list – with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) infamously referring to everything from paid leave to affordable child care “infrastructure.”
And that could mean generations of Americans will be saddled with a mountain of “infrastructure” debt… with no actual infrastructure to show for it.