Joe Biden has had a long and winding road of playing with the truth over his fifty years in public office. In 1988, Democrats forced him out of the party’s presidential primary for decades of deception to that point. He lied about going to law school on a full scholarship and said he graduated in the top half of his class — and neither was true. In fact, it was just the opposite.
If only it stopped there. Biden has plagiarized speeches and falsely claimed police arrested him for taking righteous stands in South Africa and during the Civil Rights movement. He claimed he was shot at in Iraq war zones, which wasn’t true. Biden even falsely asserted he met with the Parkland shooting victims. He’s also lied about relationships with foreign leaders.
There’s more, including over the last two years. There’s so much. In the spring of 2021, Biden called GOP voting law reforms racist because they would supposedly suppress the black vote. That turned out not to be the case in the 2022 midterm elections. He says his environmental policies aren’t intended to cut off fossil fuels, but his actions say differently.
If one takes an objective look, Biden makes Donald Trump look like a saint. The only difference is that the media loathed Trump and loved exposing his lies, but they continue to cover for him because they helped Biden in 2020.
Let’s face it, Biden is a habitual exaggerator at best.
So, how can we trust what he will say tomorrow night at the State of the Union Speech? It’s more likely to sound like a campaign than a stateman’s address. There are at least six things the White House has already noted about what the president will say, which are patently false and misleading.
Perhaps we should call it the State of the Misinformed Union speech.
Biden will tell us the economy is strong despite our lying eyes. Most people will wonder what world he is living in. While the job market does remain strong, that’s about it. People’s finances are squeezed to the brink as inflation eats away at their rising wages, many people are maxing out their credit cards just to make ends meet, the budget deficit is a massive problem, and America’s national debt is growing widely out of control.
So, let’s look at the fibs.
$1.4 Trillion Budget Reduction
Over the last two years, no president has ever spent as much money as Joe Biden. The national debt in 24 months rose $4.2 trillion, the fastest of any two years in our country’s history. In his first year, Democrats spent $2.8 trillion. In 2022 they blew another $1.4 trillion of taxpayer dollars. Debt is at an all-time high as a share of gross domestic product.
What Biden will do is use gimmicks to suggest he trimmed the budget by $1.4 trillion.
If so, where was the trimming? No one can provide any specifics because it isn’t true.
Biden Inherited a Bad Economy
This is about as false as it gets. In 2020, COVID hit America. The federal government responded with a short shutdown, and Democratic led-states extended them for over a year in some cases. In May 2020, over 20 million people were collecting unemployment benefits and started receiving their government stimulus checks. As people returned to work in the second half of 2020, the economy bounced back strong. It grew 20% and was a historic recovery thanks to the pandemic. It wouldn’t have mattered who was president.
Inflation was Already High When Biden Entered Office
When Biden entered the Oval Office on January 20, 2021, inflation was 1.4% for the month. Ahead of the March 2021 Democratic party-line vote to add $2 trillion in spending through the American Rescue Act, economists, including former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, warned Democrats not to pass it. The economists said the additional trillions of dollars would flood the economy with cash and incentivize product demand at a time when manufacturers were crippled and supply chains were eroded due to the pandemic.
Through the late spring and summer, inflation continued to rise. Biden said it was “transitory” and “temporary.” By the summer of 2022, inflation skyrocketed to 9.2%, the highest since the 1970s.
Now, he claims it’s coming down. That’s not accurate. It’s lower than 9.2%, but 6% plus over the same time last year is not coming down. It’s just not rising as quickly. Are you witnessing grocery store prices decline? No, you don’t. They are still increasing. It’s just rising a little slower. In reality, when compared to 2021, inflation is even higher.
Biden Brought Down Gas Prices
This is fools hardy. In January 2021, the average price of gas nationally was $2.59. In June 2022, it hit a record $5.004 per gallon. Today, it’s $3.48 per gallon. This summer, experts expect gas to rise above $4 per gallon again and could go even higher.
Biden didn’t bring down gas prices. His environmental policies are the foundational root of the problem. Remember, he promised in 2019 he would eradicate fossil fuels if given a chance. He’s keeping that promise, but at what cost?
Biden Is Doing All He Can At The Southern Border
You’re also likely to hear other lies tomorrow night. The president will claim he’s doing all he can to secure the southern border. Well, in fiscal year 2021, Customs and Border Patrol noted they recorded a record high of 1.65 million illegal immigrant “encounters.” In 2022, it was over 2.2 million. Now, CBP said 1.2 million got away and evaded border patrol since Biden took office two years ago.
There’s liable to be more misinformation coming out of one State of the Union speech than all the others combined. That may be hyperbole, or it may not. Regardless, you can expect Biden’s handlers to spin the false narratives fast and furiously.
Will non-biased sources call him out?
Will they note this president has demagogued his opposition as misinformed while he’s the strongest proponent of the rhetorical tool?
Biden isn’t a statesman. We haven’t had one of those in the Oval Office for a while. What he is, is the liar in chief. Will he and his enablers in Congress be excused or held accountable on Wednesday morning in the media?
Will it even matter?
I hate to sound so pessimistic, but voters don’t have the best track record of late choosing candidates. Republican primary voters keep picking horrible candidates who can’t win general elections, and Democrats brazenly lie to their constituents about supposed threats to democracy while they vote in record numbers.
In the end, this ends when voters say it does.
Until then, things are status quo.
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