During the last week of the 1980 presidential campaign between Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, the Republican nominee, they held their only debate on October 28. Carter’s four years in the Oval Office was bad for Americans but somehow made the race a close race. However, Reagan said something that has become famous.
Reagan’s statement is one of the most memorable campaign questions of all time: “Are you better off today that you were four years ago?” Anyone who lived through the Carter years could answer a loud NO, and Carter’s numbers tanked after the debate. Reagan won a huge popular vote with his electoral victory. The question has remained with us because it is a reasonable question to ask during a presidential campaign.
Donald Trump made a similar statement in his outreach to African American voters in August 2016. He was speaking in a mostly white suburb of Lansing, Michigan, and lamenting about the collapse of American manufacturing. While criticizing freed trade deals, he mentioned that Democrats take black voters for granted. “You’re living in poverty, your school are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed – what the h___ do you have to lose?” It was apparently an unscripted statement where he otherwise stuck with his teleprompter. The Blexit movement began about the same time, and Republicans continue to gain more black supporters.
Joe Biden has been compared unfavorably with Jimmy Carter. Carter was a good man, but he was a terrible president due to lack of leadership. Biden is worse than Carter! He not only lacks leadership skills, but he has allowed the Far Left to take over his presidency. More than four million migrants have crossed the border illegally in the past two years. We are looking in the eyes of another deep depression. Foreign policy is in the dumps. In addition, there are many questionable things about Biden and his family. I have heard them called the “Biden crime family” more times than I prefer.
With this information in the background, Jarrett Stepman is now asking Americans this question: “Are you better off than you were two years ago?” I can honestly and loudly say, NO! “From COVID-19 tyranny to a foolhardy retreat from energy independence to a vicious war on parents, the 46th president has proved to be far from the healing uniter he was promised to be.” Stepman lists the following as some of Biden’s “biggest failures that are affecting Americans today.”
1.) Immigration Chaos
Biden said that the border crisis didn’t begin “overnight.” Actually, it pretty much did begin overnight – the moment he took office. Since he was sworn in as president, here have been an estimated 5.5 million illegal border crossings….
Not only are millions of people crossing the border illegally, the border situation has created additional problems beyond the humanitarian issue. Huge quantities of illicit drugs such as fentanyl are coming across the border, too, brought here by drug and human traffickers who thrive in the chaos.
It’s not a stretch to say that Biden has created the worst border crisis in U.S. history. We’ve set records for border crossings in each of his first two years as president, and at the current rate, we will set an illegal border-crossing record again this year….
It’s hard not to conclude at this point that what’s happening at the Southern border isn’t just incompetence, it’s intentional.
2.) Ballooning Debt
Pretty much every modern president and Congress has failed on the national debt issue. But Biden has ratcheted it up to a whole new level.
The United States started the 2023 fiscal year with a national debt of more than $31 trillion, which is 120% of the entire U.S. economy at this point. That debt increased by about $4 trillion since Biden arrived in office. And the administration is eager to pile up more debt, with a student-loan forgiveness program that will cost half a trillion dollars if it survives court challenges….
Inflation may be slowing down a bit – while food prices soar – but for the most part, the U.S. economy under Biden has suffered its highest levels of inflation since the Jimmy Carter administration in the late 1970s.
The result is that while the U.S. economy has low unemployment, for now, inflation and the cost of living are wiping out the wealth of the average American….
4.) Woke Administrative State
The federal bureaucracy is being transformed into an apparatus more wholly devoted to the cult of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Following Biden’s 2021 executive order to establish a “government-wide initiative to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in all parts of the federal workforce,” the bureaucracy has been hard at work injecting every college campus-style inanity into its everyday operations….
5.) Specter of Scandal
A more recent development in the Biden presidency has been the discovery that he had classified documents from when he was the vice president under President Barack Obama. [More documents have been found from when he was a senator.] …
Before Biden was elected, there were questions about scandal in his family. Was his son, Hunter Biden, using his father’s name and influence to enrich himself? Was the now president in on this corruption? …
6.) No Return to Normalcy
Not only did things generally seem broken and dysfunctional in the past year, but Biden and his administration frequently took opportunities to portray half the country as evil, anti-democratic monsters….
Biden’s presidency has been a failure. He’s the tottering, corrupt, intellectually bankrupt face of a radical, broken regime.
I agree that Biden’s presidency has been a failure. In my estimation, he ranks lower than Jimmy Carter. He has not only failed, but he is destroying the United States intentionally.