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Biden’s Disastrous First Year

One year ago, President Joe Biden entered office and promised to restore our national unity and heal the country’s wounds.

Instead, he has divided the country by disgracefully referring to Republican and even some Democrat senators who don’t support a federal takeover of our elections as “domestic enemies,” while also comparing them to George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis.

How unifying of him.

In Biden’s warped reality — or for whoever writes his speeches — opposing methods that increase the likelihood of voter fraud, including asking a voter to present a valid form of ID; supporting signature verification; and opposing universal mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and unsupervised drop boxes, is akin to voter suppression and being a segregationist.

One year ago, Biden promised he had a plan to shut down the virus, and said former President Donald Trump’s handling of COVID showed he was unworthy of remaining in office. “If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this…. Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America,” then-candidate Biden said on October 22, 2020. At the time, 220,000 Americans had died from COVID.

Now, over 400,000 Americans have died from COVID under Biden’s watch, and the virus is running rampant, with the U.S. recently setting a global record of over one million COVID cases in a single day. The real number of new cases is likely much higher, considering that Biden has failed to create enough available tests, reneging on yet another promise.

It was always obvious that Biden didn’t have a plan then, and he still doesn’t have a plan now.

One year ago, when Biden entered office, the consumer price index, the best indicator for measuring inflation, was increasing at a rate of just 1.4 percent over the previous 12 months, but today it’s up 7 percent in the past year, its highest level in 40 years.

One year ago, we were energy independent and the average price of regular gas cost $2.37 a gallon. Today, after Biden canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline contract, the average price at the pump costs $3.30 a gallon, an increase of nearly 40 percent. Unleaded gas prices are up a whopping 50.8 percent from last year.

The cost of meat, poultry, fish, and eggs is also up 12.5 percent over the past year. The price of grocery foods has increased by 6.5 percent and the cost of dining out is up 6 percent. The price of major appliances is up 8.4 percent, used cars and trucks have increased 37.3 percent, and the cost of staying in a hotel or motel is up by 23.9 percent.

Biden, who appears to be doing his best Jimmy Carter impression, has made inflation great again.

One year ago, our border was relatively secure and illegal migrant crossings were down for eight consecutive months under Trump.

One year later, illegal immigration is at its highest point in U.S. history, with ​border apprehensions of lawbreaking migrants reaching close to two million in fiscal year 2021, compared to just 646,822 total encounters in fiscal year 2020.

And that’s not all.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection also reported seizing 11,201 pounds of fentanyl in fiscal year 2021, compared to just 4,791 pounds in 2020, an increase of 133 percent. According to CBP, the majority of these seizures occurred in ports of entry. The deadly man-made synthetic opioid was responsible for 75,673 overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending in April 2021, up from 56,064 the year before.

One year ago, we were in the process of wisely and intelligently withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan.

One year later, 13 U.S. service members are dead, the Taliban now controls both the U.S. embassy and Bagram Air Base, and it has access to billions of dollars worth of U.S. weaponry, including 600,000 assault rifles, 2,000 armored vehicles, 40 aircraft (including Black Hawks), and 16,000 night-vision goggles.

All of this was preventable, but instead of following the advice of his generals, Biden selfishly wanted to declare a symbolic victory on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

One year ago, Trump was signing historic peace agreements with Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.

But after four years of relative peace in the Middle East, during a 10-day period in May, the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas fired more than 4,000 rockets targeting Israeli urban civilian centers, schools, and Ben Gurion Airport. Biden remained silent for days before eventually issuing a feckless call for peace, and stating the obvious: Israel had the “right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”

How diplomatic of him.

One year ago, President-elect Biden was praising front-line workers, and said, “we have to protect you, we have to pay you.”

He went on to unconstitutionally threaten to take their jobs away while warning them of a winter of “severe illness and death.”

One year ago, we were promised transparency from this White House.

Instead, we have the least accessible president in modern history. One who almost never takes unscripted questions from reporters, and has done fewer interviews than his last five predecessors at this point in their presidency.

One year ago, Biden entered office with a Real Clear Politics average approval rating of 55 percent, compared to just 36 percent who disapproved. Today, the Real Clear Politics average shows his approval underwater, with just 42 percent approving and 52 percent disapproving of his job as commander-in-chief. And the latest Quinnipiac poll shows Biden’s approval rating has dropped to 33 percent, including 25 percent with Independents.

Unless Biden manages to fix the ongoing economic issues, the border crisis, supply-chain problems, and offers assistance to combat massive crime waves in Democrat cities — all problems that he’s shown no interest in solving — then these abysmal poll numbers are unlikely to reverse course.

Add to that the fact that his vice president is even less competent and has a lower approval rating than he does, his socialist inflationary spending bill, the dead-on-arrival so-called voting rights bill, and that his OSHA vaccine mandate was just struck down by the Supreme Court, it appears the White House is in for a very dark winter.

David Keltz is the author of  The Campaign of His Life and Media Bias in the Trump Presidency and the Extinction of the Conservative Millennial. His writing has been published in The American Spectator, the Federalist, American Greatness, RealClearPolitics, the American Thinker, and the New York Daily News, among others. Follow him on Twitter @David_Keltz.

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