by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Biden Administration has reached the “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time” stage,” and the evidence shows Americans aren’t buying Biden’s excuses and blame-shifting.
The latest Gallup survey from late May is headlined, “Economic Pessimism Growing in the U.S.”
“WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index measured -45 in May, down from -39 in each of the previous two months. It is the lowest reading in Gallup’s trend during the coronavirus pandemic, and likely the lowest confidence has been since the tail end of the Great Recession in early 2009. . . Americans’ economic pessimism took a turn for the worse this month.” …
… Notice that not many people are concerned about racism, or the war in Ukraine, or even health care.
Beyond the ideological perversity of the Biden White House is the problem of basic competence. They’re not even any good at lying and propaganda. Take, for example, this claim in Biden’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago:
“A dozen CEOs of America’s largest utility companies told me earlier this year that my plan would reduce the average family’s annual utility bills by $500 and accelerate our transition from energy produced by autocrats.”
This was too much even for the liberal-lenient Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post‘s “fact-checker”:
“But when we located the transcript of Biden’s conversation with utility executives on Feb. 9, we found no reference to $500 in utility savings.” …
… The problem here isn’t that the Biden crew believe their own B.S. It’s that no one thought it necessary to check the accuracy of the claim as the article was being written for President Biden. (No one thinks he wrote it himself.) The Reagan White House was always meticulous in checking facts for Reagan’s speeches and articles precisely because Reagan sometimes let fly in casual remarks with something that wasn’t factual or not properly qualified. … The Biden team have no such scruples. Another sign of chief of staff Ron Klain’s hackery.