Blame Biden!

The press has been grossly unfair to President Biden.  Even the outlets that Republicans taunt as being “left-leaning” such as The Washington Post and the New York Times have resorted to making much ado about any negative news, and ignoring or glossing over the positive.  And the right-wingers comeback is predictably … “Whaddabout when Trump was president?  The press always gave him grief.”  Sure, but there is one MAJOR difference … Trump deserved every bit of the criticism and more, while Biden is trying very hard to do the right thing, to reverse the damage that was done during the four years of Trump’s largely chaotic rule.

Just one example from Eric Boehlert’s newsletter, Press Run …

NBC ignores blockbuster 943,000 new jobs report

It’s hard to believe this actually happened, but it did. On August 6, the Department of Labor released the July jobs report which produced mind-boggling results — nearly 1 million new jobs were created as the U.S. economy roared back to life following the pandemic. For some inconceivable reason, “NBC Nightly News” on August 6 did not cover the jobs report; no mention was made at all.

They weren’t alone in shrugging off the fantastic economic news for the Biden administration. At 4 p.m. on that Friday, roughly seven hours after the stellar July job numbers were released, the story was highlighted in the 37th headline as you scrolled down the NBC News homepage. At the CBS News homepage, none of the top 50 headlines at that time addressed the jackpot economic report.

At CNN, by Friday afternoon the jobs report had been blacked out as the network’s homepage made way for “This Underrated Form of Exercise is So Good for You,” and “Lucy Lawless Reunites With ‘Xena’ Costar.”

The episode was perhaps the best indication that when it came to economic news, the press had a very specific story it wanted to tell in 2021 (inflation!), and that good news could be set aside.

I have seen President Biden blamed for the “supply chain crisis” which was really no crisis at all, as despite the dire predictions that store shelves would be empty for Christmas, retail sales in the United States jumped nearly 11 percent in 2021 compared with the holiday period in 2019.

After months of the media insisting consumers were terrified about the rising inflation rate, and that stores would be barren this season thanks to supply chain woes, shoppers snatched up everything in sight, sending holiday sales soaring to a 17-year high. Clothing sales jumped 47% compared to 2019 (pre-Covid), jewelry 32%, electronics 16%.  That runaway spending meant consumers had no problem finding products, despite months of dire media warnings and claims that it all meant terrible news for the White House.

I can speak from my own experience … I did all my shopping online this year, as due to both my own illness and the pandemic, I was not able to shop in person (nor did I have any desire to, for I am not a ‘shopper’).  Not one single item I ordered was delayed significantly or unavailable.  Not ONE!  Well … with the exception of toilet tissue … every time somebody says “BOO”, U.S. consumers run to the store and buy out all the toilet tissue.  I’ll never understand the obsession over toilet tissue!  Wine, I could understand, but toilet tissue???

And then there’s the issue of not enough workers to fill certain jobs.  This one confounds me, for the positions that companies are having trouble filling are low-paid jobs and workers have moved on to greener pastures where they can earn a living wage.  HOW THE HELL is that President Biden’s fault?  If there is blame (and there is – plenty to go around) it is the corporations who are unwilling to let a single penny of profit go to the people producing and selling their product.  Blame also lies with Congress , glossy-eyed over the donations of the aforementioned wealthy corporations, who have steadfastly refused to raise the the minimum wage beyond the current whopping (sarcasm intended) $7.25 per hour.  With increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), that $7.25 is now worth 21% less than it was in 2009 when it was last raised, or $5.73.  This amounts to just under $12,000 per year before taxes are withheld!  My rent alone is more than that!!!  So, is it any wonder that people are gravitating toward better paid jobs in an effort to feed their family and keep a roof over their heads without having to work 16-hour days???  No, folks, President Biden isn’t the reason companies can’t keep employees … the companies themselves are the root of their own problem.

The most recent unemployment rate as of November was 4.2% … matching the lowest level in 50 years, yet the media chose to focus on other issues, barely giving a nod to the unemployment numbers and in some cases claiming the numbers shouldn’t be taken seriously.  Granted, no president makes nor breaks the economy single-handedly, but if we’re going to criticize him over the negative, why not give him a bit of credit for the positive?

And then there’s Covid.  We have nearly 850,000 deaths in the U.S. due to Covid … the most of any nation on the planet.  Why?  No, it is not President Biden’s fault!!!  The former guy so mishandled and bungled the response to the pandemic in early 2020 that it is a miracle we aren’t all dead.  He intentionally withheld information and downplayed it, held rallies and events that were hotbeds for the transmission of the disease, yet Republicans and the media blame President Biden.  Biden has done everything in his power to ensure that there are sufficient vaccines for every person over the age of 5, but if there is blame for the continuing surge, it falls squarely on the shoulders of the anti-vaxxers.  Those who refuse the free vaccine for whatever ‘reason’ are responsible for the continuation of the rise in cases and deaths, and they are to blame for the isolation that many of us are still experiencing.

The Republicans such as Kevin McCarthy and many others feed this pack of lies to the media and they gobble it up like leftover Thanksgiving turkey!  The old saying is “If it bleeds, it leads”, but the new saying should be “If it pleases Trump, to the front page it will bump.”  I strongly suspect that the editors of the formerly reliable news organizations are well aware that they are distorting the news in many cases, but they must have some underlying reason to do so, and my guess is that it involves $$$$$$$$$$.  Doesn’t everything these days?

President Biden and his attempt to pass legislation to help the struggling people of this nation has become the scapegoat for any troubles, real, perceived, or contrived.  That it is unfair is the least of the problem … that it will colour the views of some of the people, ie voters, is the greater problem.  If President Biden and by extension the Democratic Party can be blamed for every problem, then the elections of 2022 and 2024 will indeed reflect those falsehoods.

I don’t expect the media to fawn over the current president, but neither do I expect them to jump into the fray of finger-pointing and blaming him for problems that started long before he took office!  I expect them to report facts and leave the drawing of conclusions to their readers – most of us are, after all, smart enough to put two and two together and understand what is happening.  Unfortunately, others will gobble up the sensational headlines and continue to blame President Biden for everything from the price of lemons to the toilet paper shortage!

57 thoughts on “Blame Biden!

  1. At least Trump actually rallied Americans together. Saw NO support for Biden except during the “summer of love” burning looting an rioting that took place nationally with the Democrat support #hunterbidenlaptop #pedoJoe an lets not go into the list that media fawns over as ‘good’ an ‘positive’ for our country 🤡

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    • If you believe that Trump “rallied Americans together”, then you and I must be living in different worlds. In my world, he divided this nation worse than it has been divided since the Reconstruction Era. Sadly, much of the damage he did to our government and to the people, will not be easily repaired.

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  2. Thank you for sharing!!.. those who have opposing ideologies are going to blame President Biden, in an attempt to appease their supporting base because he is at the top and it is an election year and they do not wish to have their failures brought forward… they have put up challenges at all levels of leadership in this country to impede his attempts to help this country, primarily thinking of only themselves… it all goes back to the people, perhaps even a neighbor… 🙂

    Hope you are feeling much better and have the mostest wonderful new year ever.. until we meet again..

    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • You’re so right, Dutch. Gotta blame somebody and Biden is at the head. Still, when the mainstream media, which is supposed to be unbiased, cannot give him a fair shake, that is wrong in my book.

      Indeed, I am feeling considerably better and I even managed to cook supper three nights last week! I still have a ways to go, as after about 5-10 minutes on my feet, I am shaking and dizzy, but I am doing better and hope to continue to progress. Love the Irish Saying, as always! Until we meet again …

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    • Thanks, Michael! I usually read Krugman’s columns, but have been so inundated lately that I hadn’t caught that one.

      Hugs, cheers, and brightest wishes for the rest of this year!

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  4. This was a. Moment I just saw, but addresses who owns the mainstream media news services..and maybe why they don’t report Biden fairly. I can’t speak for the accuracy of this, but …

    “CNN is owned ultimately by AT&T they may sound left leaning but they do not report a lot of info we need to know. ABC owned by Walt Disney Co, NBC owned by Comcast , Fox – Murdock, Sinclair with close ties to Trump owns 294 tv stations. Koch owns Time magazine, most newspaper are owned by the right. There is no ownership by the left of the largest conglomerates. They are small, privately funded and don’t have nearly the reach of the dominant stations. This is monopolistic control of airwaves….and very dangerous!”

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        • If, that is, we ever win the battle against the virus (Covid). I’m beginning to think that every time we think we’ve got it beat, a new variant will come along. My daughter had to send 5 of her staff home when they tested positive for Covid last week! I think we may be seeing the beginning of the end of the human race if we don’t change our ways. xx

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  5. There’s a way around the criminals sitting on the right side of the senate and it’s getting rid of the filibuster. Biden should be all up in that and stacking the Supreme Court since the GOP decided to politicize it like every other branch by nominating low life’s who are working for the rich. They don’t want to see those Corp pay taxes! As for medical professional’s as a nurse I can tell you we are fed up with right wing media and the unvaxxed. They’ll be happy to pay whatever it costs when they need a ventilator and there no one to hook them up.

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    • I fully agree with you re the filibuster. It has long since outlived its usefulness and is naught but a means of obstruction in the hands of people who have more loyalty to their wealthy donors and their political party than to the people they have been elected to represent.

      Today’s Supreme Court has become a very bad joke, with partisanship leading every decision they hand down. Given time, the current court will destroy women’s rights and civil rights and turn this nation into a true oligarchic plutocracy.

      My daughter is also a nurse and she shares your sentiments about the anti-vaxxers! Last week, five of her staff were sent home after testing positive for Covid. The company she works for attempted a vaccine mandate, but the employees raised so much hell that they backed down, and now look where they are. My daughter is working 12-14 hour days just to try to keep up. I have suggested in the past, partly tongue-in-cheek and partly dead serious, that anti-vaxxers be expelled to something akin to a leper colony in order to preserve the health of the rest of us!

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      • Sadly people are dying of unrelated issues due to the severe illness of the unvaccinated but they pretend it’s all about choice while they are the first to elect to interfere in other peoples lives IG; Texas. Our hospitals in Florida and across the country are desperate for staff ( my own son who is a CRNA) is recovering from COVID, his wife a surgical nurse is also sick. Thankfully they are vaccinated and have been able to quarantine at home.

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  6. Wow! I just remembered why I cancelled the paper and stopped watching the news! I don’t exactly have my head stuck in the sand, but I am so tired of reading about Trumps triumphs and what a loser Biden is. In my humble opinion, Biden has been cut off at the pass by the idiots in congress who have been there too long and are still bleeding the public while filling their own coffers. Since I’m from Kentucky I’m sure you can fill in the blanks as to the name of at least one of the career senators. I once capitalized the words congress and senators, but they don’t deserve the capitals now.
    I keep hearing about more incentives and more money being produced, but paper is cheap when it comes to making false money. I’m not that far from Fort Knox, after all and it has been a long time since there were any reports about gold still being stored there. Where is the extra money seniors need to cover increased food prices, increased rent in a building that still advertises the rent is income based when actually it hasn’t been based on income for 15 years, and a building that is supposed to be for Senior Citizens but has/now opened up to anyone who wants to move in. The police checks went out 15 years ago also and the building that was once called the “safest building outside of government buildings” is now falling apart.
    Now lets talk about ambulance rides that have decided that taking a persons blood pressure is now called life support. Oh really? I should never have retired if I had only known I could turn in each b/p I took could be billed as life support. Medicare denied the claim so now I have that to pay along with “my” part of the nine day hospital stay as an outpatient while Medicare shut down during the holidays. As one of the nurses said, I was staying in the most expensive hotel rooms in the country, since it is a little publicized fact that our local hospital, without any competition, is charging more per capita than any of the largest hospitals in the country. And there are so many hospital doctors there, with each one popping a head in each room every day so they can charge for a visit, and the different doctor on duty each day ordering the same tests the ones from the previous days. Do they really think things have changed overnight? I was actually treated for a “fever” on the day the overworked nurse stuck the thermometer into the bite of link sausage I had just put in my mouth rather then getting it under my tongue. My sausage was just the right temp for eating but a bit to high for my temp, so I received more tests, some shots that were unnecessary to treat a broken ankle, and treatment for possible pneumonia.
    Then I had to pick some groceries up at Kroger when I got home and found some shelves empty, the necessary toilet paper doubled in price since my last purchase during the summer, food prices out of reach and only two checkout places open! I came home and ordered a delivery from Sprawlmart and their prices were half the prices at Kroger, they deliver free of charge if you order $35 worth of goods, and delivery to your door where they take a photo of where the bags were stacked outside the door so you know when to bring them in. The biggest thing for me is the free delivery. Kroger, one city block away across the parking lot charges $9.95 to deliver over here with no guarantee that the delivery will be made. Sorry, I’m grousing now but reading about the difference in what I see and what I read when I read or listen to the news makes me grouchy.

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  8. Biden is doing a good job considering the s*** load the former president passed on to him. My issue with Biden and the Dems is that they are not asserting their power as they should be. It takes a bastard to beat a bastard and Biden and the Dems have got to stop waiting for Trumpism ( they have given up the right to be the once-respected Republican Party) to negotiate, that’s not happening. They would rather lie and stand behind a man and his sheep who actually tried to pull off a coup against the American Government.

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        • Yes HoH, that’s true.

          However, to be completely fair to the Executive Branch of our federal government and President Biden, as Jill correctly alludes to, no one Branch—i.e. Executive, Legislative, & Judicial—has (in theory) the complete totalitarian power to put into effective execution needed laws and actions.* IOW, though our 18th-century principle concept of Checks-n-Balances of our three Branches has indeed been grossly dismantled, rendered much less balanced beginning significantly with Reagan’s Administration seizing more authority & control upon the Executive (Iran-Contra Scandal) then less for the Legislative (and in several cases less for the Judicial too) without the expressed due-diligent approval first by the other two Branches BEFORE action is implemented—e.g. the Presidential Office shortly after the 9/11 attacks, then unfettered torturing of suspected Islamic terrorists—again, IN THEORY of our 18th-century blue-print of governing drawn up by the six Core Founding Fathers, President Biden has, or should have limited powers.

          Biden’s predecessor completely ignored this Constitutional framework and tradition and flagrantly flipped his nose at Checks-n-Balances and practically did whatever the hell he wished, e.g. “Your fired! Your fired! Your fired!” to the attempt to overturn our 2019-2020 elections and even had the audacity and final epitome of inciting the Jan. 6th Attack on the Capitol Bldg and Congressional members! The Orange Orangutan was essentially using (abusing?) his office because it had already been setup that way for him by previous Republican Presidents, George W. Bush (with Dick Cheney’s help) being the supreme example.

          Therefore, even if President Biden COULD be partly blamed, he certainly cannot be fully blamed. That’s not at all how our (supposed or once) federal government is setup to operate… by one single office or one single man, as tRump wanted it.

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          * – More detailed info: https://www.cfr.org/article/unconstrained-presidency-checks-and-balances-eroded-long-trump

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          • I didn’t intend to place the entire blame on the President, obviously the Right wing is obstructing at every turn having pledged allegiance to the former disgraced President. The Dems are in power now and if they don’t apply it at every turn it will be their last opportunity and we could very well lose our democracy. tRump set up the present system ignoring institutional norms and the law of the land, inciting violence and brutality that led to thousands of MAGA terrorist to attack the Capital. His nominations and far right senate led to the corruption of the Supreme Court.
            Biden is still living in a world where civility reigned, he has to accept there is no negotiating with thugs that sit in the right side of the Congress. In other words , he and Garland have got to strap ‘em on and go for the throat.

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          • All excellent points! Yes, the previous guy operated, to the extent he was allowed to, as an autocrat, simply firing any who didn’t agree with him, even those who were tasked with overseeing him and his office. We cannot afford to sink to that level ever again!

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    • I fully agree! The things he hasn’t been able to do are not his failures, but those of Congress. I’m not sure Biden has it in him to be a bastard, for he is generally a peacemaker. In other times, that would be my preference, but these are not ‘normal’ times at all. I think he is going to have to be firmer, more outspoken, to get his message across to the people of this nation.

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  9. I’ve been seeing this in the mainstream media. Makes me wonder who really owns them and who the CEO is or if they’ve been compromised somehow…you know money talks too. Lots of very wealthy republicans wanting to stay in power.

    Biden, though, doesn’t get out there with press conferences and the like to make it clear what he has done and speak of the things he also has tried to do but were stymied by the republicans. Nor do the people behind him. They are all too meek and unassuming. In his position you have to get all that out there. Be assertive and such. He needs a good PR guy.

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    • Like you, I suspect their turn toward propaganda has its basis in money. It is sad that there are few enough outlets that are unbiased these days, and even sadder still that the vast majority of people seem to believe whatever they hear, no matter if it’s Fox or WaPo. Yes, Biden is going to have to come on stronger, I think, but I don’t know if he has that in him. Sigh.

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  10. Now for a more sobering neutral, unbiased report…

    • U.S. economic output has jumped more than 7% in the last three months of 2021

    • Overall growth for 2021 should be about 6%, and economists predict growth of around 4% in 2022—the highest numbers the U.S. has seen in decades.

    • The U.S. is “outperforming the world by the biggest margin in the 21st century,” wrote Matthew A. Winkler in Bloomberg, “and with good reason: America’s economy improved more in Joe Biden’s first 12 months than any president during the past 50 years….”

    • In February, Biden’s first month in office, the jobless rate was 6.2%; today it has dropped to 4.2%.

    This means the Biden administration has created 4.1 million jobs, more than were created in the 12 years of the Trump and George W. Bush administrations combined.

    • Wages in America are growing at about 4% a year, compared with less than 1% a year in the eurozone, as worker shortages and strikes at places like Deere & Co. (which makes John Deere products) and Kellogg’s are pushing wages up and as states increase minimum wages.

    • The American Rescue Plan, passed by Democrats in March without a single Republican vote, cut child poverty in half by putting $66 billion into 36 million households.

    • More than 4.6 million Americans who were not previously insured have gotten healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act, bringing the total covered to a record 13.6 million.

    • When Biden took office, about 46% of schools were open; currently the rate is 99%.

    • In November, Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that will repair bridges and roads and get broadband to places that still don’t have it.

    • Support for consumers has bolstered U.S. companies, which are showing profit margins higher than they have been since 1950, at 15%. Companies have reduced their debt, which has translated to a strong stock market.

    • The American economy is the strongest it’s been in decades, with the U.S. leading the world in economic growth…so why on earth do 54% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy (according to a CNN/SSRS poll released yesterday)?

    That disapproval comes partly from inflation, which in November was at 6.8%, the highest in 39 years, but inflation is high around the world as we adjust to post-pandemic reopening. Respondents also said they were upset by disruptions in the supply chain. But in fact, the much-hyped fear that supply chain crunches would keep packages from being delivered on time for the holidays has proved to be misguided: 99% of packages are arriving on time. This is a significant improvement over 2020, and even over 2019. It reflects that companies have built more warehouse space and expanded delivery hours, that people have shopped early this year, and that buyers are venturing back into stores rather than relying on online shopping.

    What it does not reflect is a weakened retail market. Major ports in the U.S. will process almost one-fifth more containers in terms of volume than they did in 2019. Container traffic at European ports has stayed flat or declined. Consumer goods are flying off the shelves at a rate about 45% higher than they did in 2018: it looks like Americans will spend about 11.5% more in this holiday season than they did in 2020. Indeed, according to Tom Fairless in the Wall Street Journal, American consumer demand was the key factor in the global supply chain bottlenecks in the first place.

    And yet 63% of the poll’s respondents to the CNN/SSRS poll said that the nation’s economy is in poor shape. And here’s why: 57% of them say that the economic news they’ve heard lately has been mostly bad. Only 19% say they are hearing mostly good news about the economy.

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    How people think about the country depends on the stories they WANT to hear about and perpetuate. Go to the few remaining news agencies & outlets that report with little-to-no BIAS, and the economic reports are VERY DIFFERENT indeed. Ignore and step away from PROPAGANDA outlets and do your due diligence INDEPENDENTLY. That is the reality. Period.

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    • Thank you for this timely and encouraging addition, Prof!!! The media has great power in this nation and they have been abusing that power for some time now. I’m with you on stepping away from the propaganda outlets … it’s sad that some have only recently turned to propagandizing the news whereas they were once well-respected sources. Thanks again … I greatly appreciate your input!

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      • Thanks Jill and Professor for the summary. At the heart of much of this is we Americans are a largely uninformed lot. We are the United States of Entertainment, with most people not watching or reading non-entertainment or non-sports news. So, we glean snippets. One thing the Republican strategists have consistently done better than the Democrats is frame the argument. Democrats are lousy marketers, in my view.

        A good example was memoranda to all GOP politicians to always say “Failed Stimulus” back in 2012. Even Democrats believed this. Yet, the truth is per six econometric firms including the CBO, the stimulus did not fail and was accretive to the economy. The truth did not matter.

        In 2016, candidate Donald Trump said the 5% unemployment rate was not true – at separate speeches he said it was really 30%, then 32%, then 40% eventually landing at 42% as his high point. When he was sworn in, the next day it was back to 5%. What a miracle. Plus, he failed to tell people that the economy was in its 91st consecutive month of economic growth, there was six consecutive years of 2 + million in annual job creations and the stock market had more than doubled under his predecessor. The truth did not matter.

        Dating back to 1921 when, there have been thirteen GOP White Houses and going on thirteen Democrat ones. Under which party has there been the most job growth? The answer is in the data and it is not even close – the Democrats.

        Truth be told, presidents get too much credit and blame for the economy. But, the do provide headwinds and tailwinds.

        Thanks again for your comment and the post. Keith

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  11. Dwight D. Eisenhower once said : “The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.” President Biden is that scapegoat for several of the previous administration’s shortcomings and failures. In addition this is expanded by the posturing of many politicians to advance their agendas, the personal interests of assorted profiteers, and the absence of much of today’s media in accurately providing real news as opposed to opinions. To sum it up far better than I : “The search for scapegoats is essentially an abnegation of responsibility : it indicates an inability to assess honestly and intelligently the true nature of the problems which lie at the root of social and economic difficulties and a lack of resolve in grappling with them.” – Aung San Suu Kyi : from her 1991 book “Freedom from Fear”. WHAK!! Thank-you!

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    • As always, your quotes are spot-on! In this case, I think the Republicans must find someone to blame so they don’t have to admit their own culpability. I read somewhere the other day a quote that Trump supposedly said, “Why should I apologize for mistakes when I never make any?” Or something close to those words. Sadly, the under-educated and ignorant masses fall for every word he utters and he seems to have a death grip on about 40% of this nation, including some of the media. WHAK!!!

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  12. Careful Jill, lest u incur the wrath of Scott! 😉
    Seriously tho, it’s like the press forgot how to report straight news, just the facts, not opinion pieces for every “news” story. And that’s the problem, everyone has an agenda, polarizing and sensationalistic, constantly sowing the seeds of division.
    It’s no wonder network news lose millions of viewers every year to independent and alternative media. Legacy news is an anachronism, good riddance.
    It’s amazing that a senile old president in cognitive decline still does a much better job than the former guy – yet the media hung on 45’s every word, every tweet… while he destroyed America.
    U’r also right about following the money… we live in a topsy turvy world.

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  13. 100% true on all fronts Jill. Amazingly I saw a poll today where Biden’s approval ratings are down again, with most people giving him very low marks on the economy. My God, how in the hell is this possible when all of those facts and figures you gave us are true? It’s as if America just wants to blame somebody…hell..anybody for what’s going on, especially the pandemic. I don’t know what it’s going to take for people to wake up. I’ve lost most hope that we have enough smart people in this country in order for us to survive as a nation. The stupidity and ignorance is overwhelming. Excellent post, as always.

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    • Good grief … the economy is doing better than it has in the last 50 years!!! Biden should be applauded, not demonized! I’m so sick of hearing it all … sick off the entire damn Republican Party … I wish they’d shut up and go home! Sigh. You’re right … the stupidity and ignorance are disheartening and if we allow ourselves to dwell on it (as I tend to do), how can we not become depressed? Thanks, Jeff!

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