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Clueless Joe Biden Can’t Grasp Any Of The Crises He’s Created

Has any administration been caught off guard on so many fronts as the Biden administration?

It was shocked by the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan. It was surprised by the surge in energy costs, the spike in inflation, and the depth of the supply chain crises. It hadn’t planned on a massive flood of illegal immigrants. It didn’t think COVID would still be around. It expected job growth and the economy to be stronger than it is. It didn’t foresee the sharp rise in crime.

Judson Berger of National Review Online had it right when he quipped that “the Biden administration sure is ‘surprised’ a lot.”

Just yesterday, the head of President Joe Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers, Cecilia Rouse, admitted that the White House didn’t expect a prolonged supply chain crisis. The administration “just didn’t fully appreciate that the supply system, the supply chain, wouldn’t be able to process through the elevated demand for durable goods,” she said.

These are just the surprises that team Biden has publicly admitted to.

What’s even more troubling is that Biden’s policies are (at least partly) to blame for every one of these crises. Worse still is the fact that Biden and his Keystone Cops cabinet are clueless about how to deal with any of them.

Take the nation’s ongoing supply chain crisis. Today, the Los Angeles ports are as clogged as they were before Biden announced his “solution.” The Marine Exchange of Southern California reports a backlog of 94 container ships as of Tuesday – right about where it was before Biden stepped in.

So Biden simply shrugs his shoulders and tells the public, as he did last week, that empty shelves are no big deal because “there are items every year that sell out, that are hard to find.” He then compared the shortages of essential goods and services today to Cabbage Patch Kids, Beanie Babies “or other toys that have run out at Christmas time in past years when there was no supply chain problem.”

Biden’s answer to the $4-a-gallon gasoline that came after he declared war on the oil and gas industry was to beg OPEC to ramp up its production and, when it didn’t, he released some oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And then his party bragged about how that had lowered gasoline prices – by a whole 1.5 cents a gallon! Meanwhile, Biden’s inept Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been running around the country saying the answer to today’s energy crisis is to buy electric cars because then you “never have to worry about gas prices again.”

On COVID, after repeatedly promising the nation that he would “end” the pandemic, Biden ended up breaking his pledge not to impose a vaccine mandate, only to find that federal courts blocked his illegal mandates. When the new Omicron variant appeared, Biden imposed a travel ban on some African countries even though the variant had already shown up in the U.S. His plan for “free” COVID tests requires people to pay up front and then try to get reimbursed by their insurance company. He extended existing federal mask mandates, even though they did nothing to stop the spread of the Delta variant.

On the rash of crimes now plaguing cities across the nation, Biden had his press secretary blame the spike in murders, attacks, smash-and-grab robberies on “root causes” such as guns and the pandemic – not the defund the police rhetoric and policies his party has pursued.

Biden’s only answer to the border crisis he created was to appoint Vice President Kamala Harris to head up the response. She’s turned out to be more clueless on this issue than Biden.

Nor does Biden seem to understand why China and Russia are suddenly talking and acting with increased belligerence (hint, it was Biden’s disastrous Afghan withdrawal), much less what to do about it. Biden has been making nice with Beijing in hopes that he can get it to agree to (utterly phony) CO2 reductions. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is still peddling the failed notion that “robust commercial engagement” will help mitigate tensions with China. And after China tested a hypersonic missile (also a surprise to team Biden), the response from the White House that “we welcome stiff competition.”

Biden’s two-hour video chat with Putin yesterday didn’t yield any progress on Ukraine. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said it was worse than nothing, calling it “an example of how he is appeasing Vladimir Putin.” Cotton went on to say that after Putin sent 175,000 troops to Ukraine’s border, Biden “rushes to get on a video call to beg him not to invade Ukraine when he is unwilling to specify exactly the kind of measures the United States will lead Europe in taking should he invade Ukraine.”

The administration did, however, tell the press that it’s “exploring options for a potential evacuation of U.S. citizens from Ukraine” should Russia invade.

Not exactly comforting.

Biden’s cratering approval rating shows that the public is figuring all this out, despite the Praetorian Guard media. The question is what are we supposed to do about Biden’s increasingly worrisome incompetence?

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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29 comments

  • Maybe the software program that helped elect him is happy, nothing or nobody else sure is

  • I really don’t understand why anybody’s surprised at Biden’s performance – the clues were writ large for all to see while he was VPOTUS, to say nothing of his somewhat less than stellar career in the Senate. Yet, somehow or another, he was elected, such were (and are) the effects of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).

    Until recently I didn’t believe there was any credibility to the claim of a rigged or stolen election. Now? I’m not so sure. I refuse to believe that so many were so gullible or deranged by TDS as to vote for a candidate who scarcely left his basement during the campaign, who showed (and shows!) every sign of senile dementia, whose corruption was manifest even before his son’s laptop surfaced, whose fabulism about events exceeds even that of Brian Williams at his worst. With all that, it’s hard to accept that his election was not – politely – irregular.

    What’s the solution? 25th Amendment? Impeachment? Impeachment’s impossible until the new Congress convenes in ’23 and the 25th would seem out of the question – see the wording of Section 4 of the 25th Amendment. Dr Jill and the coven around Biden will prop him up as long as they can and damn the consequences – to him and to us.

    What’s likely to happen is that Harris will be forced by the party to resign, at which point a new VP will be selected and approved by the Congress. Then, a few months later – but before the mid-terms – Joe will announce his resignation for reasons of health. Or Harris might be allowed to finish Joe’s term but be persuaded not to run in ’24. In either case, Joe probably won’t be POTUS by this time next year.

    • Well done, agreed. My theory is that Hillary will be brought in, hence the “Dream” candidate” and she will run with Buttigieg. Get the popcorn, this next race is going to be something!

  • It is as if America were being governed by a committee of 10 year old school kids with no clue as to what is wrong or how to fix it.
    This is what happens when you elect “feel good” woke elites. They have never earned an honest dime in their lives and would not know how to do so.

      • Lemme guess. Career on the public dole as a state bureaucrat. Irrationally petrified of Covid. CNN as a news source with MSNBC on off days. Ok with vaccine mandates (you counted down the days until you got one didn’t you?) high energy costs, inflation that your gov pension will cover, and untested illegals who aren’t required to be vaccinated but at least no mean tweets right?

  • does biden/pedohansom even decide the brand of diapers he wears. He decides nothing at all.

  • you missed the point—the powers to be want the destruction of USA. Who are the powers pulling Bidens strings?

  • Even if he could, he’d be fine with it. Just because he’s a senile puppet doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be just as power hungry and destructive.

  • The two absolute dumbest most brain dead inept incompetent least self aware incapable and totally clueless persons on the entire planet are now president and vice president of this country, all due to a rigged election.

  • The most important this here is Ukraine. Does anyone think that Russia is going to let us take back the only deep water year round port available to them.
    I believe we should follow the founders advise.

  • You clueless clowns at Issues and Insights should remember the old adage ” that people living in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones

  • Clueless is right. This demented old pervert doesn’t even know what state he’s in half of the time, much less anything else.

  • What is there to grasp? Poor demented buffoon gets all the ice cream he can eat and has an entire staff to ensure his butt has been wiped. Truly a sad way for America to die.

  • One should not blame Biden for all of the travesties. He is merely a meat puppet for the democrat/marxist/deep state. Biden does not have clue. He does not even realize how he is being used. When the D.C. cabal is done with him, he will be eliminated, probably by a medically induced trauma that will render him totally incapacitated or dead. He is a disposable fool.

  • Biden is fully aware of the planned chaos and corruption he engages in while being told by his deep state conspirators to act as if he’s not. Biden is a sinister sly creature who has fooled many, mostly the chronically gullible, brainwashed, and misinformed. Everyone else on the ball pays attention.

  • ‘The administration did, however, tell the press that it’s “exploring options for a potential evacuation of U.S. citizens from Ukraine” should Russia invade.’
    Yea, we all saw how well that worked in Afghanistan, where there are still hundreds of Americans stranded…and, basically, being ignored.

  • Joe Biden is a threat, and great danger to our nation. Our enemies are loving that our defenses are weakened and our “president” is no threat to them. His administration is all about controlling our citizens and has done an excellent job of it. A Convention of States should be carried out immediately.

  • Biden is surprised by everything because he doesn’t know he is president. Each morning he is surprised when his minders wheel him into something that appears to be the Oval Office. He’s amazed to find Barack Obama is sitting at the Resolute penning executive orders for him to sign.

  • President House Plant, doesn’t care if no one likes him or will vote for him. Because it doesn’t matter, he has the voting machines which will vote for him & his mail in ballots. Doesn’t matter how people vote in real life, he’ll he elected.

  • It’s the illusion of a Biden presidency so that the Globalist Brown Shirts are kept at bay. And yes, there will be casualties. When Trump uttered, ‘we were attacked, worse than 9-11, worse than Pearl Harbor,” he became a wartime president with greatly unfettered powers. The military was given orders to protect the homeland. Guessing Amazon was seized per EO 13848 when Bezos stepped down, Twitter when Dorsey stepped down. In any case, we’re living through a Communist purge and I, for one, could not be happier to see them go. Now let’s free the Chinese people. Freedom.

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