There may be a trend of coming up with ways to excuse dear Uncle Joe for all the bad stuff that is happening on his watch in the White House. Other than he’s old, tired, needs to sleep a lot, and loses track of things.
Perhaps the excuse of “It’s all Trump’s fault” is wearing thin?
The straw that broke the camels back for me was a posting somewhere, responding to the idea that Uncle Joe is responsible for the tremendous increase in fuel (oil and diesel) prices in the States for the last year. The writer poohpoohs the idea that the White House has any responsibility for soaring prices by posting a price sign from a gas station in Berlin, capital city of Germany. There, prices for gasoline come out to about $7.50 a gallon based on current euro-dollar conversions and of course, liter to gallons.
He points out that Uncle Joe isn’t president or chancellor of Germany and the chancellor of Germany doesn’t work for Joe. But that prices are high everywhere.
It is, of course, utter nonsense. Many factors influence fuel prices, and in Europe, TAXES are even worse on fuel than they are in the States. (Yes, even in California and Hawai’i.) And many of those factors ARE directly related to decisions theoretically made by the POTUS, and by the US Congress and the bureaucrats that Congress have surrendered so much power to. Even factors for fuel prices in Europe, and even in Germany. But that is a subject for another commentary, perhaps.
Fuel prices are not the only thing that apologists for Sleepy Joe zoom in on, of course. Despite the continued growing numbers of deaths claimed to be due to COVID-19, as compared to the deaths during the last year of the Trump regime, the claim is frequently made that Joe saved the nation from total collapse and millions of deaths due to COVID-19. The more that various people – even some of the mainstream media – point out that the narrative is broken. As we see hospitalization numbers spike, and test data and medical indicators are soaring, even a few Joe and Kamala supporters are breaking ranks. But the advent of Omicron is an opportunity for excusing the current regime from responsibility: he couldn’t have predicted a “new variant” (which at least some scientists claim is actually a new sort of SARS).
The situation with China and Russia – and now the recent FAA panic over a North Korean missile launch – has inspired many words of praise and support for Uncle Joe. I don’t pretend to understand the logic. It doesn’t make sense to me that these countries fear him so much (as compared to their “stooge” Trump, according to the Democrat narrative) that they are speeding up their aggressions against their neighbors and their crackdowns on internal discontent.
And of course, it isn’t just fuel prices that are climbing: inflation is whupping the economy – and therefore American families. Yes, Trump shares the blame for a lot if this – the money-printing started with him this time. But to excuse the present administration and congress for the inflation mess we are now in because “it’s demonstrating that the economy has been restored to life,” is crazy.
Frankly, the best defense for Uncle Joe right now is that he really isn’t calling the shots – it is some strange sort of collective leadership that includes a few people in Congress and political appointees, but mostly a lot of grey eminences. “Ignore those guys behind the curtain!”
And maybe the best thing we can say about Joe Biden right now is that he isn’t Jimmy Carter. Faint praise, I know.