by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Young people dislike President Joe Biden.
Biden has a 41% approval rating with 18- to 29-year-olds, according to a Harvard University poll released last week. It’s an 18-point drop from the same time last year, when 59% of them approved of him.
Given the job that Biden has done in the White House, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Ineffective is the best word to describe the Biden administration. The country faces rising inflation outpacing wage growth. It’s becoming more expensive for people to make ends meet. Rents are rising, homes are becoming more expensive, grocery store bills are rising, and the Biden administration is light on legislative accomplishments.
The Federal Reserve deserves much of the blame over inflation, but what has Biden done to ease the problem? He hasn’t done what he said he would do if elected.
Biden said he wanted to raise the federal minimum wage. That has remained unchanged since 2009 at $7.25 an hour. Under the Biden administration, the purchasing power of that minimum wage has declined further due to high inflation. And even though many Republican senators have expressed interest in raising the wage, the Biden administration, which says it supports a $15 hourly wage, hasn’t worked across the aisle to etch out a deal that could receive bipartisan support.
Even getting to work is far more expensive under the Biden administration. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the country was $4.194 per gallon on Monday this week, according to AAA. Prices show no sign of improving. …
… And what has Biden done to combat the exorbitant cost of higher education? Biden made the student loan debt problem worse when he voted for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.