What the hell has Joe Biden done to fix, well, anything?

Besides being the Commander-in-Chief of the military, the President also is the administrator-in-chief and chief executive officer. Meaning that he’s supposed to get things done.

Below are questions of practical problem-solving, the part of governance that isn’t helped much by a rigid commitment to an ideology. Would, for example, AOC or Bernie Sanders be able to enter the real world with real solutions? Can Biden?

The problems demanding immediate attention:

  • The 76 huge container ships anchored off the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach seaports and 20 more headed there. How do you find the crews, the longshoremen, the drivers to move the goods? Where do you park all those off-loaded containers until the trucks arrive to take the products to their destinations?
  • The supply chain problem is related. How do you reopen the factories and warehouses that have been shut down by the damaging closures required by covid-inspired autocrats?
  • Inflation is growing, but the Biden administration seems loathe to acknowledge it–something required before doing something about it. Maybe it’s too late. The multi-trillion-dollar spending plans concocted by Biden’s Democratic Party will only add fuel to the inflation fire.
  • Deaths from illegal drugs are rising–both long- and short-term. A “War on Drugs” is subject to left-wing and libertarian ridicule, but what specifically is Biden doing right now to stem this crisis. (Sure, more drug addiction programs, but there’s no leadership now.)
  • The wide-open border. Immediately effective would be to short the major supply route of illegal drugs, especially the especially deadly fentanyl, crossing the southern border. Along with undiagnosed covid infected illegal aliens. The illegal border crossings is the most visible and most immediate threat that the Biden administration is pretending doesn’t exist. Even worse, it claims that the border is “closed,” an assertion that’s so wrong that it beggars belief that anyone would dare to make it,
  • Where are the illegal aliens who are released into the country going? The Biden administration has no idea, meaning it has no idea of whether they have a bad economic or societal impact on localities. With progressives demanding that federal money flood into local and state coffers, their lack of even baseline interest is perplexing. Same for the refugees from the Afghanistan bungle.
  • The Covid pandemic clearly has the administration’s immediate attention. But if Donald Trump were president, his critics would be heaping on him all sorts of blame for not eliminating the threat, if not altogether, at least to a comfortable degree. But Biden escapes any criticism for his handling of the pandemic, even though more Americans have died during his term than previously. It would help if Biden would stop with the Casandra act and help Americans look forward to their release from the fear that has gone far beyond what is reasonable.
  • Crime–meaning murder and other violence such as shootings–has become so bad in some places that once popular spots–like Chicago’s Michigan Ave.–are being avoided. Here’s another thing that the Biden administration ignores, going so far as to fail to even criticize the “defund the police” poison.
  • Under employment is crippling the economic recovery. Have you been in a store that doesn’t have a help-wanted sign?
  • The economy (aside from inflation) is a separate problem, made more difficult by the administration’s attack on fossil fuels. It’s not just that gasoline is at a 7-year high. Sure, it’s fine to think long-term with renewable energy development, but we’re facing a potentially crippling problem now. Just one indicator: We’ve gone from an energy independent country to one dependent on imports.
  • Parent free speech. Here’s a serious problem the administration itself created. It has sicced the Justice Dept. on parents who are making their views known, sometimes forcefully, at school board meetings.
  • Internet security is another longterm problem that also demands immediate attention. The hackers’ shutdown of a pipeline should be more than enough warning.
  • Administrative incompetence is an underlying problem. Putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of immigration and I can’t remember what else because of her total absence, is an insight to some serious behind-the-scenes troubles. Is Susan Rice really running things? it’s hard to believe that Biden’s incompetence is something that he can solve. Because of that, it’s even more important to know whose hand is on the throttle and what direction we’re heading.

When Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki is asked about these practical, pressing problems the answer usually amounts to “we’re working on it.”

Others may point to other practical challenges that I’ve missed. I’m not saying that Republicans could do better. I have not gone into the foreign affairs problems that are substantial. Nor have I discussed his political headaches, measured by his steep fall in the polls. I am focused on administrative, practical problem-solving.

As far as I can tell, when Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki is asked about these practical, pressing problems the answer amounts to “we’re working on it.” “We’ve formed a task force.” “We’re studying the matter.” Blah and blah. Words and words. Tell us specifically what you are doing or planning on doing,

Perhaps presidents shouldn’t be expected to solve all these problems; too often presidents are expected to solve problems that are beyond their powers

Year, captured as Biden is by the far-left and self-styled progressive agenda and his apparent inability to diagnose and prioritize a real-world agenda, I fear that we’re stuck with these problems for at least another year and possibly three.

Meanwhile, it’s up to the rest of America to get this train moving again with its creativity, energy and talent. While Biden and his ideological cronies watch from the sidelines where they’re playing a meaningless game of catch.

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  • Of course, the Trump Republican Party's obstruction of Biden's initiatives never enters your mind. Convenient.

    There's so many distortions in your piece that I don;t have time to get into. But Biden has been doing well marshalling his forces against the pandemic despite the lies fostered by the the Trumpers,(including yourself) who continue to peddle disinformation about the pandemic. Biden instead has been following the science, not, like Trump who recommended a disinfectant to kill the virus.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    True, Biden has been a thing of beauty.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    You didn't address my first comment. I'm sure you were vaccinated and did not gulp down a bottle of disinfectant.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Dennis:

    You're not being fair. Joke Biden can't fix himself yet alone a republic Americans are unable to keep, thanks in large part to their own apathy.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I'm not defending Trump. An ignorant jerk. But you knew that I've said that before. It would be nice if Biden could acknowledge that Operation Warp Speed not only broke all records for getting vaccines created, but also set the distribution system in place. As far as I can tell, Biden hasn't done anything to adjust or fine tune it to meet current demands. When it comes to peddling disinformation, both sides have done it, but the pandemic shutdowns that have been so damaging to small business and school children are yours.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Pfizer did the research on its own. Trump lost interest in the pandemic long before the end of his administration. After the election his own time was spent pushing the Big Lie. How soon you forget. Au contraire, Biden has done a lot of "fine tuning. Ask the experts in the field. Not the phonies, like the one you wrote about in Indiana. Remember him. You never wrote about him again. Why not?

    BTW, what disinformation has Biden been peddling?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    He's an "ignorant jerk". Agreed. But this "ignorant jerk" has taken over the Republican party. Why don't you ever point this out?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    If it will make you happy, I have expressed my wish that someone else would head the GOP.

  • This is another of your hit pieces. A partisan screed. Where is the balanced and evenhanded journalism you so miss?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    It's an opinion piece.

  • "• Presidential historians say that Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office — a somewhat arbitrary but frequently cited milestone — have included an above-average number of major accomplishments.

    • The three biggest developments, experts say, have been the wide-scale coronavirus vaccination program, passage of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus and economic relief bill, and the rejoining of the Paris climate accord.

    • Experts also say that Biden has made significant, but more intangible, changes in tone that contrast sharply with the tensions of Donald Trump’s presidency."

    Politifact

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    1. Name one accomplishment in any major area that has had a POSITIVE effect.

    2. So, he's made record profits for Pfizer, Moderna a the rest. He has made sure the 1% are bailed out. And he has ensured that all energy will be more expensive for the consumer. Bravo!

    3. Sure. One intangible change in tone is telling Americans who are unvaccinated for medical and religious and other reasons that he is running out of patience with them. That's calming.

    Amazing how you always have to appeal to authority and experts who for instance tell you gas prices are normal instead of $3.69 a gallon in Oak Lawn and not believing your own eyes.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Read the quote from Politifact. I can't do it for you.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Your posting of the Politifact quote is tacit agreement. My comment stands. You believe whatever any left-wing propaganda sheet feeds you. Try some rational thought for a change.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    And is your model for rational thought, your leader, Trump?

    My advice to you is to clean up your own act.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    My model for rational thought, St. Thomas, is... St. Thomas. Is Joe Biden your "leader"? I don't consider your advice worth considering.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    "Experts say..." Another weak argument--from authority. Don't you ever think for yourself? Yes, he's done some stuff like rejoining the useless Paris Climate Accord and caving into Iran's nuclear weapon dreams. Also weakening our position on the Pacific Rim (Remember Obama's pivot to Asia?) And botching the Afghanistan withdrawal. Maybe I should have added these and others. But as you would have us believe, everything's just ducky. If I remember correctly, you are a retired CPS teacher. If so, I'll be looking for a thank-you for your nearly inflation-proof pensions.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Argumentum ad verecundiam or argument from authority is only weak when the appeal is to an irrelevant authority, i.e. to someone who is not an expert in the relevant field of knowledge.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Or when he is unnamed.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Politifact is irrelevant as it is simply a leftist organization posing as fact-checkers.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    I worked over 35 years for the CPS. I earned my pension. Just as Chicago policemen and firemen, and others, have earned theirs.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    No, you didn't earn it. You were given (under CTU and mother union pressure, lobbying and campaign contributions) a pension that is beyond all reasonable expectations. A minimum three percent increase (even if the cost of living increased only one percent) that is compounded yearly. Opportunity to jack up your pay during the last years on the job to jack up your benefits. I know teachers who are getting a six-figure pension, way, way more than they earned while actually working. So, where's the thank you note to all the taxpayers who are paying the bulk of those benefits? And to the minorities, students, impoverished and others who depend on state assistance but the money is being sidetracked into pensions?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    A few points in response:

    1. Chicago teachers, police, and fight fighters also pay taxes.
    2. Union contracts are the result of collective bargaining a staple of American democracy.
    3. Conservatives, like the ones you speak for (the Illinois Policy Institute) have long practiced union bashing, which you faithfully do.
    4. Illinois can fund the pensions of public employees and give monetary assistance to "minorities, students, impoverished and others" if it would adopt a graduated income tax which most other states have done.
    5. Why are your shorts in knots over this in the first place? You live in Florida now and don't have to pay the Illinois income tax.
    Aren't there children in Florida who you can help and advocate for?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Public unions should not exist. Even your patron Leftist Saint, FDR, thought so. So the state of Illinois just got a welfare check from the federal government, and it's already crying poor. How big of a graduated income tax will you want to fund 331 billion dollars in unfunded pension liability?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    1. So what?
    2. Government employee unions are bargaining with elected officials which makes it an entire different game.
    3. I was treasurer, board member and picket committee chairman of the Chicago Newspaper Guild, AFL-CIO. Do you think that some kind of blind loyalty should prevent me from calling them as I see them?
    4. Where is your evidence of that? How high would a progressive income tax have to be to pay off the $140 BILLION that the 5 state retirement funds are owed? (Some estimates are as high as $200 billion).
    5. Because I care about Illinois, including relatives and friends who still are there enduring the gross mismanagement and corruption of the Democratic-run city and state that you conveniently ignore. And someone has to stand up for the Illinois children who have been abused by Pritzker and your CTU.

  • Biden inherited Warren G. Harding's mess. Give "Sniffy Joe" another 100 years and he will fix it all.

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