This week’s White House bulletin finds President Joe Biden in dire straits.
COVID-19 is on the rise in part because it has failed its vaccine target, inflation is up in part because of its spending, the border remains in disarray, and its average approval rating from Rasmussen Reports is the lowest to date.
Conservative leveler Jed Babbin gave Biden a D-, citing issues facing the president and the nation. Democratic pollster John Zogby, however, got a B-, although he too pointed out the hurdles the White House faces.
We are now over six months away from Biden’s presidency. Meanwhile, the media has so consistently turned a blind eye to the crises it has caused in America that these emergencies (the border, #Bidenflation, etc.) that Biden has created are his own “new normal.”
The “escapees”, illegal immigrants (drug traffickers, previously deported criminals and others) who escape capture by the border patrol, number around 1,100 per day. Think about this: A U.S. citizen visiting another country cannot return to the United States without obtaining a negative COVID-19 test result less than 72 hours before the return flight. There is no testing requirement for illegal immigrants entering the United States at the rate of approximately 180,000 per month (plus the over 30,000 escapes per month). Biden is reportedly spending more than $ 2 billion to terminate Trump-era contracts to build the border wall.
Biden attempted a little cyber saber stunt by saying that if we end up in a big gun war it could be the result of a cyber attack on us. China, Russia, Iran and North Korea (where the most serious cyberattacks originate from) ignored his warning and continued their attacks. That same week, China, in a hot meeting with the Assistant Secretary of State, drew its own red lines that it demands that Biden not cross.
There is still about $ 1,000 billion in unspent COVID-19 relief funds, but the President and Congressional Democrats want an additional $ 5,000 billion in spending, as well as an additional $ 1,000 billion in infrastructure spending . As I wrote last week, “bidenflation” is defined as price increases caused by excessive government spending on the prescribed remedy for which government spending is greater. It is now at an annual rate of over 5% and increasing. Due to accelerating #bidenflation and low unemployment rates, the economy is starting to show signs of slowing down.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended universal mask requirements for schools. Further state and local government closures, coming in the coming weeks, will quickly bring us back to zero or negative GDP growth.
Biden has issued a COVID-19 vaccination warrant for most federal workers and contractors on site, the alternative being indoor mask requirements and frequent testing. He and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin want to do the same for the military, but the law apparently prevents it until the vaccines are finally approved by the Food and Drug Administration. (So far, the vaccines have only been approved for emergency use.)
To top it off, Secretary of State Tony Blinken praised China’s “outreach” efforts to help the Taliban. YGBSM.
The delta variant of the coronavirus is high on the agenda this week.
New cases of COVID-19, mainly the result of the variant and among the unvaccinated, are up 35% from last week and 144% in the past two weeks. Medical centers and hospitals are filling up, and things are looking like they were in 2020.
At the same time, the culture war continues over the role of the federal government and the states (and cities) in compulsory vaccination and the wearing of masks.
The Culture War was also on display when the House Select Committee opened on January 6, hearing from the United States Capitol Police officers tasked with overseeing Congress that day.
Biden’s approval rating is just over 50%, but three new polls have it below 50%. On a positive note, GDP grew at a rate of 6.5% in the last quarter, and there is some movement on the hard infrastructure bill.
Jed Babbin is a Washington Examiner contributor and former Assistant Under Secretary of Defense in the administration of former President George HW Bush. Follow him on Twitter @jedbabbin
John Zogby is the founder of Zogby Poll and a senior partner at John Zogby Strategies. Her weekly podcast with her son and partner Jeremy Zogby can be heard here. Follow him on Twitter @ZogbyStrategies
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Keywords: Washington Secrets, Delta Varient, January 6 Commission, Biden Administration, Jill Biden, John Zogby, Coronavirus, Polls, Inflation
Original author: Paul Bedard
Original location: Biden Weekly Bulletin: Inflation Rising, Vaccination Target Still Not Met, Approval Difficulties