The Chumps Are Wising Up At Last
In President(ish) Joe Biden’s America, responsible citizens who follow the rules, work hard and pay their bills, in full and on time, are chumps.
But, the chumps are wising up.
Regular Americans have learned that the people who called for COVID-related shutdowns and restrictions, and the people who are unconcerned about inflation are the same people who were and are least affected by both – and/or are politically-connected.
As one example, at the beginning of the COVID panic, Pennsylvania’s governor, a Democrat, issued a unilateral emergency decree (a power since constitutionally-amended/rescinded by Commonwealth voters) that arbitrarily shut down most businesses, while allowing certain others to remain open. Shuttered, businesspeople who took risks to build successful companies watched competitors flourish. The governor failed to disclose his rationale for those decisions.
Absent gubernatorial transparency, though, one suspects insider influence. Under the circumstances, it’s not a stretch to imagine that politically-connected businesses were favored at the expense of unconnected competitors.
During COVID, generally, Americans who struggled to pay their rent witnessed less conscientious renters receive special assistance. Newly-unemployed Americans who worked odd jobs to pay their bills saw others who refused to work receive generous extended unemployment benefits.
During COVID lockdowns, Americans watched Democrat mayors send SWAT teams to shut down churches, restaurants and beauty parlors, while allowing looters and Antifa to destroy their cities.
Governors and mayors, mostly Democrats, killed jobs, prevented people from visiting dying relatives, increased alcoholism, drug abuse, suicides and mental illnesses, and mandated sub-standard remote learning for schoolkids that may set back an entire generation.
At the same time, many of them, including Pennsylvania’s governor, flouted their own mandates at Black Lives Matter rallies, in fancy restaurants and/or closed beauty parlors.
Child suicides didn’t get Democrats to lift COVID restrictions, neither did mental illnesses or record drug abuse. Lousy polling did.
After the Biden administration’s and state/city-level elected Democrats’ record on COVID-19 earned the disapproval of nearly two-thirds of Americans, panicked officials made decisions to reopen in fear of the November midterm consequences. Some were loath to relinquish their “emergency” powers.
When the Democrats’ dismal COVID polling finally dawned on them, the Biden administration entered the full-blown cover up and gaslighting stages.
Frankly, our system is broken, because “elite” officials monitor public compliance and punish dissent, while indulging their own arrogant sense of entitlement, authoritarianism and incompetence.
Just when you thought their COVID policies weren’t awful enough, Democrats began torching everyone’s budgets with record inflation.
Though still at serious risk of one, America has not yet dipped into another recession. But, if successful, Washington Democrats’ aspirations to continue massive spending would make recession a certainty.
$3.5 trillion was added to the national debt in only a bit more than one year into Biden’s presidency; other than to stimulate inflation, his COVID stimulus package has failed; the administration has been cooking the books on jobs; rents and grocery prices are soaring; and, thanks to Biden’s war on fossil fuels, gas prices exceed $4, in some places $6/gallon.
Ending supplemental unemployment benefits only marginally improved the jobs picture. Contrary to administration claims, rehiring workers who were laid off during COVID lockdowns is not “adding jobs.”
The negative effects of the COVID “stimulus” became so obvious that even Biden’s supporters dropped references to its “benefits.”
In many ways, the private sector is still suffering. In fact, America’s first-quarter economic growth rate dropped 1.9 percent, and last year, the U.S. trade deficit set a record, exceeding $1 trillion for the first time.
Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are responsible for the brutal rate of inflation. And if the economy slides into recession, no excuse will exonerate them, because regular Americans have learned that they are governed by a president who, like many in Congress, is a financial adolescent who doesn’t think the law of supply and demand applies to U.S. currency and government bonds.
America’s economic problems are simple: American politicians have borrowed, printed and spent too much money, and incurred too much debt.
Furthermore, even Americans who remain open to logical, factual information about what, precisely, Joe Biden has done to improve the economy see no persuasive evidence that he has even tried.
Now, though, regular people clearly see his failures, so there will be a reckoning in November.
The chumps are wising up.