As the 2024 elections begin to unfold, it may be worthwhile to issue a brief bill of particulars that explains why Joe Biden is the worst president in living memory.
Biden became president on January 2021. Hidden in his bunker, out of reach of probing reporters, nearly everyone supposed that he would be a moderate Democrat president. Very quickly, he turned out to be a progressive with his hair aflame determined to undo everything that former President Donald Trump had done while in office.
Biden quickly – some say too quickly -- withdrew all American troops from Afghanistan, leaving behind Afghanis who had supported the US military during what the New York Times was pleased to call “the nation’s longest war,” an undetermined number of U.S. citizens, an important airbase, and millions of dollars in military hardware.
The Taliban, an Islamic terrorist group, rushed in where angels formerly had feared to tread following the swift withdrawal of U.S. intelligence support. They soon prevented Afghani women from attending school or participating in the economic life of their communities, rewrapping them in burkas without causing undue alarm among feminist freedom fighters in the Western free world. If there had been only one Oriana Fallaci among them, the Taliban would have been bathed in bathtubs of vituperative printer’s ink.
Biden declared war on fossil fuels, particularly fracking, frustrated successful developments in the production of natural gas, began to issue the usual Democrat folderol about rich oil companies plundering pristine and defenseless nature, while mega-energy producers were accumulating obscene profits. The progressive President – and progressive Connecticut as well -- invested in windmills and electric cars. The result of all this political pottering in the energy market was an intolerable spurt in gas prices, a shortage of energy, and the suppression of a robust post-COVID recovery.
Biden pumped up spending at a time when a wolfish inflation was pawing the door, leading eventually to a doubling in the price of eggs, not to mention the price of energy. Running low on fossil fuel, Biden plundered emergency oil reserves, while the nation’s real natural gas reserves remained untouched beneath our feet. Critics began muttering – Hey there, how about tapping our underground reserves, rather than begging for dirty oil on our knees from Saudi Arabia or South American communist states such as Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuela.
Vladimir Putin, Czar of all the Russia, declared war on Ukraine. It was what the generals might call an asymmetric war – all defensive on Ukraine’s part, all offensive on Putin’s part.
Slowly, so as not to upset Putin, hinting from day one that the United States might provoke a nuclear war should it aid Ukraine effectively, Biden and the Pentagon generals began to supply Ukraine with some effective defensive weapons, prudently holding off on fighter jets. When U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal demanded, nearly a year ago now, that the United States should supply Ukraine with fighter jets, this writer marveled at his courage. “It was,” he wrote, “Blumenthal’s finest hour.” Here at last was a senator who fully understood that never in world history had a country prevailed under such asymmetric circumstances. A little more than a year into the war, Ukraine is still waiting for Blumenthal’s jets.
Biden punched holes into an already porous border, and the illegal hordes, ferried across the Rio Grande by non-privileged, non-white coyotes, came and came and came and came. They continue to cross an under-defended, imaginary border at rates large enough to fund their enterprise. China, a permanent enemy of the United States, is the primary country of origin for illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked into the United States, according to reliable Security Review Commission reports.
Biden’s wild spending has caused a wild inflation that has considerably reduced the value and purchasing power of the dollar. That is why even though salaries have increased in Biden’s spendthrift administration, personal assets have diminished. The rate of inflation continues to be greater than salary increases.
Even CNN, no Trump cheerleader, has chided Biden on his transparently false claims concerning debt and the traditional political bad habit of using statistics to buttress questionable claims needed to re-elevate Biden to the White House in January 2025 where, no doubt, he will continue to demonstrate to the nation the truth of a quip attributed to Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of lies – lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Most recently, Politico reported “Biden may not run — and top Dems are quietly preparing: The president no longer seems absolutely certain to go for a second term, leaving the party, his top aides and potential candidates unsure about  and very quietly mulling plan B.”
As Biden stumbles forward, Plan B – whatever that may be – begins to sound more and more like a plan.
Don Pesci is a political columnist of long standing, about 40 years, who has written for various state newspapers, among them The Journal Inquirer, the Waterbury Republican American, the New London Day, the Litchfield County Times, the Torrington Register Citizen and other Register Citizen papers. He maintains a blog, among the oldest of its kind in Connecticut, which serves as a repository and archive, for his columns; there are approximately 3,000 entrees in Connecticut Commentary: Red Notes From A Blue State, virtually all of them political columns stretching back to 2004. He also appears once a week Wednesdays on 1080 WTIC Newstalk radio with Will Marotti.