Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Biden’s Top 10 Blunders: How Much More Of This Can We Take?

Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times
As I’ve watched the events of the past few weeks – and thought about the nature of Joe Biden’s young presidency – I began to ask myself: How much more of this can we take?
In just seven months, President Biden has overseen a remarkable number of complete blunders. To make sense of them all and consider how to overcome them, I decided to list them. Of course, it would take months of time and writing to list all the errors Mr. Biden has made in his 48 years in politics, so I decided to start at his inauguration in January. These are roughly in chronological order. It seemed impossible to rank them as so many of them could have lasting, unforeseeable consequences.
1. Bipartisan Baloney: As I write in my upcoming book, “Beyond Biden,” which will be released on Nov. 2, the first major mistake Mr. Biden made was immediately failing to live up to the pledges he made in his inaugural address. In his inaugural address, Mr. Biden said: “Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.”
Had Mr. Biden actually led from the center as a bipartisan president, he would have quickly formed a strong coalition in Washington and built a strong majority. But he didn’t. On day one in office, Mr. Biden signed 17 executive orders, most highly partisan, with nine being direct reversals of popular, effective policies set by the previous administration. Mr. Biden’s day-one action message to a deeply divided America was that talk of bipartisanship was pure baloney.
2. Destroying Our Energy Independence: Mr. Biden’s second big mistake was his aggressive effort to cripple America’s energy independence. In his early days of office, he recommitted America to the Paris Climate Accords, which restrict America while giving high-polluting countries such as China a pass. He canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline, which cost Americans roughly 30,000 jobs and contributed to rising oil and gas prices. He also canceled oil and gas exploration in the arctic. Because of these destructive actions, Mr. Biden later had to crawl back to OPEC nations and grovel to increase production to lower prices.
3. Giving in to Iran: Desperate to salvage one of his former boss’s few achievements, Mr. Biden immediately sought to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, which will not stop Iran from eventually developing nuclear weapons. It also freed up billions of dollars which Iran can now use in its continued effort to fund terrorism around the globe. This sent a clear message of weakness to our allies in the Middle East and will only benefit Iran – the world’s premier funder of terrorism.
4. Kowtowing to China: Mr. Biden has consistently failed to stand up to China, our single biggest competitor. We know that the Chinese Communist Party intentionally withheld information about the spread of the COVID-19 virus as early as December of 2019. We know it lied to the world about the existence and origins of the virus – and used the World Health Organization to spread its propaganda. Mr. Biden has done nothing to hold the Chinese Communist Party to account – and has unconditionally recommitted American tax dollars to the WHO. Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping has no reason to believe the American government will be a serious competitor as long as Biden and the Democratic Party run the country.
5. COVID-19 Confusion: Let’s be clear: The historically rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines is all thanks to President Donald Trump. Mr. Biden had nothing to do with empowering our private pharmaceutical sector to create the vaccines – or streamlining the regulatory structure so they could quickly get to Americans who needed them. Mr. Biden is responsible for setting meager goals for vaccine distribution, leading a completely confused vaccine messaging campaign at the federal level, and further polarizing the country over vaccines by consistently demonizing Republican governors who didn’t toe federal lines – even when Republican states were experiencing fewer COVID-19 deaths than states with Democratic governors with extreme restrictions and higher infection rates.
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