by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Inflation is at its highest level in decades. Store shelves are empty. The southern border is in chaos. Hundreds of Americans are still trapped in Afghanistan. China just tested a hypersonic missile. Employers can’t find workers to keep their businesses running. No wonder more than 60% say the country is going in the wrong direction.
But don’t worry: President Joe Biden has a “National Gender Strategy” that will turn everything around.
The document, released on Oct. 22, is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. Identifying “gender equity” as a “moral and strategic imperative,” the strategy promises an “intersectional approach” that acknowledges “compounding forms of discrimination” including gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, and socioeconomic status. This “first ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality” will provide an “aspirational vision” and a “comprehensive agenda” to advance gender equity.
The agenda in the document is, at heart, the same tired laundry list of new government programs that the Left has been trying to force on the nation for decades using other specious justifications.
Nowhere does the “strategy” address inflation or the border crisis. The only time COVID-19 is even mentioned is when the document asserts that no one has suffered more from the pandemic than “women and girls of color.” And that’s not even true — the data indicate that men are more likely to die from COVID .
Meanwhile, CBS has a new poll out showing that only 37% of people believe Biden is focusing on the issues they care about. What a huge surprise. Majorities of voters believe Biden hasn’t focused enough on inflation (60%), the U.S.-Mexico border (57%), and jobs (53%). Somehow, Biden’s gender equity strategy isn’t assuaging their concerns.
Biden’s numbers are even worse among independents.