Episode 407 – Another Bad Week for Old Joe

The Democrats and Joe Biden are in big trouble. We might be witnessing the end of a Presidency and there doesn’t look to be any good news in the future.

 

The Gaffs Are Becoming Difficult to Hide

Old Joe Biden held a luncheon with a bunch of Jewish leaders today. He was unusually off his game. More so than usual. He was mumbling forgetting things including details of his daughter’s wedding. But he said something that is not going viral on Twitter:

According to the New York Post:

“Barb Feige, executive director of the Tree of Life, said that Biden did not visit the synagogue in the nearly three years since the anti-Semitic attack. In a phone interview, Feige, executive director since July 2019, said firmly that ‘no’ Biden didn’t visit, even before taking office when he had a lower public profile as a former vice president and then-Democratic presidential candidate.”

Oops. These gaffs are becoming more and more common.

Now here’s the question. Does Joe Biden think he went to the Tree of Life? Is he confusing it with another place? Or is he just lying? No matter the answer, it ain’t good and he’s losing credibility.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-claims-he-visited-pittsburgh-synagogue-that-was-attacked-synagogue-says-thats-false

 

Another Disaster

More bad news for Old Joe. The job numbers came out and there’s going to be explaining that needs to be done.

Forecasters were predicting that there would be 720,000 jobs created in August. Divide that by three and then you’ll get the really number. Only 235,000 were created last month. This breaks the win streak the Biden administration had in June and July where almost two million jobs were created.

The unemployment rate did drop to 5.2% from 5.4%. That might sound good, folks, but remember that the unemployment rate was at 3.6% before the pandemic and there are over 10 million available jobs. I guess it doesn’t pay to just give people money for nothing. Hopefully that will be cured by the end of this month when the enhanced unemployment ends. We will have to see.

Anyway, according to the Labor Department:

“In August, employment in leisure and hospitality was unchanged, after increasing by an average of 350,000 per month over the prior 6 months. In August, a job gain in arts, entertainment, and recreation (+36,000) was more than offset by a loss in food services and drinking places (-42,000). Employment in leisure and hospitality is down by 1.7 million, or 10.0 percent, since February 2020.”

The media is blaming the delta variant of the China virus but many, more Conservative observers say that with most people either having natural immunity or the vaccine and, if not, the vaccine is available. Blaming the delta variant is a messaging problem and shouldn’t be blamed for the economy.

Ben Shapiro, editor of the Daily Wire, made that very clear saying:

“The problem is not the delta variant. The problem is the media, the Biden administration, and blue state politicians telling people to freak the hell out about the delta variant. This has resulted in the vaccinated freaking out and the unvaccinated acting as they always did.”

“Americans divide into two groups: the worried and the unworried. Nearly the entirety of the worried are vaccinated, unjustifiably; most of the unworried are unvaccinated. It is the worried vaccinated who are calling for lockdowns and mandates and tanking the economy. That’s a big reason why 9 of the 10 best states for unemployment are red, and ~17 of the top 20. And it’s why all nine+DC of the worst are blue.”

This is all true. I don’t think the China virus has anything to do with people not working. It is simply because people are getting a lot of money for not doing anything. California is still handing out money. Stimulus checks for those earning under $75K are being sent out. People are earning and extra $300 a week because of enhanced unemployment benefits. The savings accounts of most people have gone up tremendously because of all this extra money.

Then we need to combine overspending by the government, printing of money, interruptions of supply lines and not enough workers and then we get higher prices for everything because demand is out of balance with supply and we get inflation.

And, apparently, more unemployment.

GMC just announced they are suspending production of their truck in all North American facilities because there is a huge shortage of the chips required for the trucks. The downtime is scheduled for two weeks but they can’t be sure if it won’t be extended.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/a-big-big-miss-august-jobs-report-records-slowest-growth-since-biden-took-office
https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2021/07/21/gm-halt-full-size-pickup-production-chip-shortage/8045805002/

 

Lies, Lies, Lies

Joe Biden is facing another semi-scandal. I say semi-scandal because I don’t think it’s as big a deal as a lot of Republican politicians are making it out to be. It looks bad, makes Old Joe seem dishonest (which he is) and makes him seem that he really didn’t know what was going on in Afghanistan.

On July 23, Old Joe had a phone call with Ashraf Ghani, the then President of Afghanistan for 14 minutes. Old Joe was concerned about the battle with the Taliban not going well and requested that Ghani go out and “change the perception” of how the war was going.

Well, that transcript was leaked. According to Reuters:

Biden lauded the Afghan armed forces, which were trained and funded by the U.S. government. “You clearly have the best military,” he told Ghani. “You have 300,000 well-armed forces versus 70-80,000 and they’re clearly capable of fighting well.” Days later, the Afghan military started folding across provincial capitals in the country with little fight against the Taliban.

In much of the call, Biden focused on what he called the Afghan government’s “perception” problem. “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” Biden said. “And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”

Biden told Ghani that if Afghanistan’s prominent political figures were to give a press conference together, backing a new military strategy, “that will change perception, and that will change an awful lot I think.”

The American leader’s words indicated he didn’t anticipate the massive insurrection and collapse to come 23 days later. “We are going to continue to fight hard, diplomatically, politically, economically, to make sure your government not only survives, but is sustained and grows,” said Biden.

Now, people, especially on the right, are calling for blood. They want impeachment. They rightly compare this to the leaked transcript of Trump and the Ukrainian President Zelenskey. That’s what-about-ism and I don’t think anything should be done about this including impeachment.

  • First off, yes, it looks bad. He’s telling another President to lie about the situation and Old Joe doesn’t sound like he understood the gravity of the situation.
  • It makes Old Joe look dishonest and naive.
  • But, no, it’s not a high crime or misdemeanor. Therefore, it’s not impeachable.
  • Everyone screams about The Trump phone call. Two things with that:
    • They were charging Trump with a crime that may or may not have been a crime (quid pro quo).
    • The phone call was not great but I never saw it as a crime. It was just Trump being Trump.
    • Just like I didn’t think Trump should have impeached, I don’t think Biden should be impeached.
    • An impeachment over this call (it won’t happen) will go nowhere and just looks like political revenge.
    • It’s a waste of time.
  • Finally, politicians lie all the time. Trump did it too. It’s not a crime.

Listen, it’s not good. It’s a bad optic. But that’s it. It’s not a crime.

If Joe Biden is going to be removed from office, there are going to be only two ways: the 25th Amendment or he resigns. I don’t think either is going to happen.

Only Biden’s cabinet can recommend the 25th Amendment and they won’t. Why? Because Kamala Harris would be President and and people hate her. She has an approval rating of 35% (though we will see in a bit that’s not much worse than Old Joe’s ratings).

He won’t resign because Old Joe is an arrogant fool who has the media on his side. He thinks he did the right thing and the media will go along with him. Even with failure in Afghanistan, the media is already making up excuses and running odd fact checks. Social media is going it also. Biden is hoping everyone will just forget about Afghanistan in a few weeks. That might work. Have you heard anything about Hong Kong, Cuba or the Uighurs?

https://www.reuters.com/world/exclusive-call-before-afghan-collapse-biden-pressed-ghani-change-perception-2021-08-31/

 

But This Can’t Be Ignored

The love affair is over and the media is now calling the Biden administration a polarized administration. New polls are out.

According to NPR, Old Joe’s approval rating has dropped to 43%, down six points. This is huge, like off a cliff huge. According to the same poll, only 36% of respondents approve of the job he’s doing.

  • He lost 5% amongst Democrats.
  • He lost 11% amongst Independents (ouch!).
  • He lost 1% amounst Republicans (only 6% approved of him in the first place).
  • 61% of all adults saw Afghanistan as a failure including 71% of Independents.
  • 40% of voters think he’s doing a good job with the economy.

According to a USA Today poll, Biden’s approval rating is down to 41%. In the poll, 55% disapprove of how Biden handled the Afghanistan debacle.

This is a big deal:

  • He won the 2020 election on the backs of Independent voters. He’s now losing him.
  • The 2022 election season starts in about a month and a half. This is not going to help Democrats because Biden’s popularity is so low. They may not want Biden’s support. An example of that is the recall election in California. Newsom doesn’t want Biden coming.
  • It is now looking like Republicans have a great chance to take over both the House and the Senate.
  • If the Democrats lose the House and/or the Senate, Biden will be a lame duck President.
  • Now, Democrats, knowing they are in trouble, are trying to push through their $3.5 trillion budget and the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. The problem of the President losing public support is that Democrats are not so keen about voting for this bloated spending. Sen. Joe Manchin (D, W. Va.) has written and Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal stating that this spending is irresponsible.
  • He also has to worry about Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Az). She’s not thrilled with it.

After only eight months, we may already be watching the end of Joe Biden’s Presidency.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/08/24/afghanistan-woes-sink-bidens-approval-41-usa-today-suffolk-poll/8244854002/
https://www.npr.org/2021/09/02/1033433959/biden-approval-rating-afghanistan-withdrawal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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