What the hell has Joe Biden done to fix, well, anything?
today at 5:21 pm
Besides being the Commander-in-Chief of the military, the President also is the administrator-in-chief and chief executive officer. Meaning that he’s supposed to get things done.
Below are questions of practical problem-solving, the part of governance that isn’t helped much by a rigid commitment to an ideology. Would, for example, AOC or Bernie Sanders be able to enter the real world with real solutions? Can Biden?
The problems demanding immediate attention:
The 76 huge container ships anchored off the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach seaports and 20 more headed there. How do you find the crews, the longshoremen, the drivers to move the goods? Where do you park all those off-loaded containers until the trucks arrive to take the products to their destinations?The supply chain problem is related. How do you reopen the factories and warehouses that have been shut down by the damaging closures required by covid-inspired autocrats? Inflation is growing, but the Biden administration seems loathe to acknowledge it–something required before doing something about it. Maybe it’s too late. The multi-trillion-dollar spending plans concocted by Biden’s Democratic Party will only add fuel to the inflation fire.Deaths from illegal drugs are rising–both long- and short-term. A “War on Drugs” is subject to left-wing and libertarian ridicule, but what specifically is Biden doing right now to stem this crisis. (Sure, more drug addiction programs, but there’s no leadership now.)The wide-open border. Immediately effective would be to short the major supply route of illegal drugs, especially the especially deadly fentanyl, crossing the southern border. Along with undiagnosed covid infected illegal aliens. The illegal border crossings is the most visible and most immediate threat that the Biden administration is pretending doesn’t exist. Even worse, it claims that the border is “closed,” an assertion that’s so wrong that it beggars belief that anyone would dare to make it,Where are the illegal aliens who are released into the country going? The Biden administration has no idea, meaning it has no idea of whether they have a bad economic or societal impact on localities. With progressives demanding that federal money flood into local and state coffers, their lack of even baseline interest is perplexing. Same for the refugees from the Afghanistan bungle.The Covid pandemic clearly has the administration’s immediate attention. But if Donald Trump were president, his critics would be heaping on him all sorts of blame for not eliminating the threat, if not altogether, at least to a comfortable degree. But Biden escapes any criticism for his handling of the pandemic, even though more Americans have died during his term than previously. It would help if Biden would stop with the Casandra act and help Americans look forward to their release from the fear that has gone far beyond what is reasonable. Crime–meaning murder and other violence such as shootings–has become so bad in some places that once popular spots–like Chicago’s Michigan Ave.–are being avoided. Here’s another thing that the Biden administration ignores, going so far as to fail to even criticize the “defund the police” poison.Under employment is crippling the economic recovery. Have you been in a store that doesn’t have a help-wanted sign? The economy (aside from inflation) is a separate problem, made more difficult by the administration’s attack on fossil fuels. It’s not just that gasoline is at a 7-year high. Sure, it’s fine to think long-term with renewable energy development, but we’re facing a potentially crippling problem now. Just one indicator: We’ve gone from an energy independent country to one dependent on imports.Internet security is another longterm problem that also demands immediate attention. The hackers’ shutdown of a pipeline should be more than enough warning. Administrative incompetence is an underlying problem. Putting Vice President Kamala Harris in chicago of immigration and I can’t remember what else because of her total absence, is an insight to some serious behind-the-scenes troubles. Is Susan Rice really running things? it’s hard to believe that Biden’s incompetence is something that he can solve. Because of that, it’s even more important to know whose hand is on the throttle and what direction we’re heading.
When Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki is asked about these practical, pressing problems the answer usually amounts to “we’re working on it.”
Others may point to other practical challenges that I’ve missed. I’m not saying that Republicans could do better. I have not gone into the foreign affairs problems that are substantial. Nor have I discussed his political headaches, measured by his steep fall in the polls. I am focused on administrative, practical problem-solving.
As far as I can tell, when Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki is asked about these practical, pressing problems the answer amounts to “we’re working on it.” “We’ve formed a task force.” “We’re studying the matter.” Blah and blah. Words and words. Tell us specifically what you are doing or planning on doing,
Captured as Biden is by the far-left and self-styled progressive agenda and his apparent inability to diagnose and prioritize a real-world agenda, I fear that we’re stuck with these problems for at least another year and possibly three.
Meanwhile, it’s up to the rest of America to get this train moving again with its creativity, energy and talent. While Biden and his ideological cronies watch from the sidelines where they’re playing a meaningless game of catch.