We’ll start this column off with a point that must be belabored, and for that I’ll apologize to those of our readers who already get it.
Namely, that when we here at The American Spectator talk about Joe Biden, particularly when it’s a matter of policy or substance, we’re generally not really talking about Joe Biden. We’re talking about the cabal of faceless villains who control and handle him.
So, for example, when E. Donald Elliott wrote a couple of days ago about Joe Biden’s hypocrisy in steering your tax dollars meant to fight “climate change” to friendly cronies, he wasn’t speaking so much of Biden himself as he was the Biden organized crime family and its influence-peddling scams and the Biden administration — which might as well be the Obama administration redux for all the greasy scout-teamers who’ve hung around to torment the American people for one more term.
This also applies in situations where Biden is explicitly front and center. Because let’s face it — Biden is more Ron Burgundy than Ronald Reagan at this point. He reads from the text he’s given by some faceless feminist harpy or allegedly male Sitzpinkler who dummied up DNC boilerplate and printed it out in large-point font before someone dosed him with enough uppers to keep him coherent for as long as it takes to drag him through the material.
You also shouldn’t question this. They’re doing what they can with what they have. Because should Joe Biden ever go off script, you get something that looks like this:
Biden, eyeing someone in the crowd: "We go back a long way. She was 12, I was 30."pic.twitter.com/UYuqQcR46D
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) September 23, 2022
And he doesn’t make any real decisions. So, for example, when, in advance of Hurricane Ian’s impending landfall along the southwest coast of Florida, Biden meets with politicians in the affected areas, this happens:
President Joe Biden appeared reluctant to speak directly to Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) as the federal government prepares for Hurricane Ian.
Biden revealed Tuesday afternoon that he spoke with the mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater in preparation for the storm.
“I told each one of them, whatever they need contact me directly,” he said at the White House but made no mention of DeSantis.
… and then only changes course to this when the word gets out …
President Biden spoke this evening with Governor DeSantis of Florida to discuss the steps the Federal government is taking to help Florida prepare for Hurricane Ian. The President and the Governor committed to continued close coordination.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) September 27, 2022
… you’ll know that it’s the minions and not Biden himself. At least, not necessarily Biden.
But who’s to blame for this is a bit fuzzier:
According to Biden, a great way to protect yourself from a hurricane is to get vaccinated… yes, for real.pic.twitter.com/HLBlRM6JDm
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) September 27, 2022
This is certainly the product of some staffer with an apartment full of cats; Biden is merely reading that 16-point font.
But that isn’t an excuse. We’re not paying for the accoutrements of a presidency in the expectation we’re getting an automaton or a crash test dummy, and we don’t have to accept such a result when it’s apparent to all.
Someone who doesn’t completely, abjectly, and obnoxiously suck wouldn’t read that idiotic text. He’d look up from it and tell the folks to mind the advisories from the local government.
And the governor he didn’t bother to meet with.
No, you don’t need the clot shot as a preparation for a hurricane. You have far more important things to do, like loading up on nonperishables and bottled water, battening down the hatches, securing your valuables, and even packing the car and getting the hell out of Dodge if your place is going to get inundated.
Or if Jim Cantore shows up in your neighborhood.
Nothing about hurricane preparedness worth undertaking involves wasting hours in line with the other suckers while the storm approaches to get the jab. Big Pharma doesn’t need the money that badly.
And here’s the other related thing: Joe Biden, or Team Biden, if you’d prefer, has no business whatever advising anyone on hurricane preparedness.
The amount of crude oil in the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) has dropped to historical levels at a period the country is battling with skyrocketing gasoline prices.
In particular, on a year-to-date basis, the reserves have lost 160 million barrels, with the reserves containing a total of 434 million barrels or a 26.9% change in 2022.
The last significant drop was recorded in 1984 when the figure stood at 449 million barrels, data by U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates.
The point of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is that if the supply of oil to our economy or our military should be disrupted in an emergency situation, like a war or a massive earthquake or a hurricane, we have something we can draw on.
But we’re now in the heat of hurricane season, and while Ian won’t hit any of the major oil infrastructure like another storm might if it makes landfall in the western Gulf Coast as opposed to the eastern, this imbecile and his flunkies have managed to sell down the SPR — in not insignificant measure to his son’s ChiCom business partners, as the case may be — to the lowest level since A Flock Of Seagulls was a thing.
That was 1982 rather than 1984, but still.
Selling down the SPR is dangerous and stupid, but it’s also instructive. It teaches us that Biden, who’s obviously not serious about hurricanes or else he wouldn’t be babbling about vaccinations at a time like this, thinks that bad politics from the effects of his own policies constitutes a national emergency. He’s sold off 160 million barrels from the SPR to tamp down public animus over his gas prices, and the proof that’s the only reason he’s done it can be found in the fact his administration still won’t relent from its war on domestic producers.
So if the next hurricane barrels into Louisiana or East Texas and disrupts the oil infrastructure and gas prices shoot skyward just in time for the midterms, it would be a cruel injustice for everybody in America but Joe Biden.
Defined as Dirty Joe himself, or the cabal of staffers, handlers, and flying monkeys that make up the collective Joe Biden. It doesn’t really matter at this point, does it?