By Alfredo Ortiz for RealClearPolitics
“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to [foul] things up,” cautioned Barack Obama during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign. It’s a warning the nation should have heeded.
Even Obama must be surprised by President Biden’s disastrous first year in office, which has been characterized by a war on small businesses, promises made and promises broken, and lies about COVID, the economy, and voting.
“We’re going to beat this virus,” Claim Biden on the eve of the 2020 presidential election. “We’re going to get it under control, I promise you.” Yet the virus still dominates daily life, and Nearly 2000 Americans are dying daily from it. No president can control pandemics, as it’s obvious.
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But that only makes Biden’s promise even more ridiculous. While he’s not to blame for aggressive new COVID variants, he deserves to be held responsible for his single-track vaccinations response at the expense of testing and treatments that could have saved countless lives.
The Supreme Court met last week Stop Biden’s illegal employer vaccine mandate in response to a challenge brought by the Job Creators Network and its small business co-petitioners as well as other groups. JCN had long maintained that the court found the Biden administration lacked the power to implement the sweeping regulations, which will increase the cost of American business, as well as the labor shortage, and add new burdens.
Yet rather than following the court’s decision and pursuing alternative COVID countermeasures, Biden is stubbornly refusing to withdraw the illegal mandate.
Biden promised his policies would make the economy come “roaring back.” He claims he’s presided over “the strongest first-year economic track record of any president in the last 50 years.” Yet in reality, his reckless spending, new regulations, and proposed tax hikes have put the economy on the cusp of stagflation.
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The Labor Department reported last week that inflation as measured using the Consumer Price Index increased by 7.7% in 2021. This is the highest increase in over 40 years. I predicted Biden’s policies would cause historic inflation at the beginning of his term. The president remained unaffected. Claim as late as last July that “no serious economist” believed inflation would persist. He promised repeatedly that inflation would not last.
If you conduct an apples-to-apples comparison of how inflation is measured now versus 40 years ago, today’s inflation may actually match or even exceed President Carter’s record levels.
Anyone who’s gone to the grocery store lately and seen bare shelves and consumer staples selling for a dollar or two more than normal or has paid $4 a gallon for gas knows that inflation is far worse than official pronouncements.
As a result of this high inflation, ordinary workers are experiencing a significant fall in real wages — a Biden pay cut — and declining living standards. Even worse is the situation for small businesses.
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Labor Department last week reported that the record-breaking producer price index which measures wholesale cost, rose by nearly 10% in 2021. These rising costs are squeezing employers’ already thin margins.
Biden brags that he has created 6 million jobs since he took office. However, these jobs are not brand new. They’re merely jobs created before Trump took office and that disappeared temporarily during the Pandemic. The reality is that the labor market has fallen to a level far below it before the pandemic.
There are many other options. 3.6 million fewer people working today compared to February 2020. Labor force participation Rate, including among 25-to-54-year-olds, has gained back only about half of its pandemic-related decline.
Biden lies a lot about voting to try and distract attention from his pathetic record. He was elected to the Senate last spring. the call Georgia’s voting law that makes it easy to vote but hard to cheat “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” His lies convinced Major League Baseball to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, vindictively punishing local small businesses, many minority-owned.
Biden was in Georgia for an incendiary last week. SpeechThe other was Paned by members of his own party, in an effort to destroy the legislative filibuster to pass a law that would nationalize elections and make ballot harvesting and election fraud easier.
Biden, an institutionalist who was elected to bring the country together, defamed Republicans as autocrats opposed to democracy and in favor of “anti-voting laws — new laws designed to suppress your vote, to subvert our elections.”
Malarky. These reforms are commonsense and merely return election practices to prepandemic norms. Many times, voting practices are altered. These are more flexible than in Biden’s home state of Delaware or Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s home state of New York.
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Biden’s lies and disastrous first year have generated a record boost in support for Republicans. Gallup’s new poll shows that a record number of Americans support Republicans. Poll, Americans’ voting preferences in 2021 shifted from a nine-point Democrat advantage to a five-point GOP lead. Biden’s poll numbers have also PlummetedIn historic fashion.
This unprecedented swing in support demonstrates that the president and his media cheerleaders haven’t succeeded in distracting Americans from his bad record.
To Paraphrase George W. Bush, voters fooled once won’t get fooled again.
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Alfredo Ortiz, the CEO and president of Job Creators Network is Alfredo Ortiz.
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