March 11, 2023:
Will Biden’s lies about American values sell his $6.9 trillion budget?
A president’s budget is not about the nuts-and-bolts horrors of line-item spending. That’s a chore for earmark-crazed lawmakers and backroom bean counters. A White House budget proposal is a statement of values, agenda, and intent. It should be judged as such.
This week we got a look at what President Biden says he values. Just five days ago while accusing America of racism the president proclaimed “truth matters.” He didn’t say to whom, though we can be reasonably certain it’s not anyone in his administration or Democrats whose pants were pulled down repeatedly last week thanks to Tucker Carlson’s revelations about January 6, a new twist to the Biden classified documents scandal, and more damning information about anti-First Amendment censorship and our government’s pro-Chinese Communist Party manipulation of the COVID-19 origin story.
Yes, it was a tough week for Democrats. Rest assured the truth still matters to Biden and his party. When facts hurt, it’s critical to subvert them whenever the truth contradicts what they are selling. This includes the values behind President Biden’s 2024 budget.
The White House fact sheet on the president’s spending plan for fiscal year 2024 starts out with a whopper:
As the President delivers results for the American people at home, he has also taken action to restore American leadership on the world stage—leading with America’s values, working in lockstep with America’s allies and partners, investing in the Nation’s military edge, and addressing the most significant challenges and opportunities before us.373
Did someone write this before the spy balloon scandal? There is no mention of America being comic relief for the CCP or Mexico and its criminal cartels or even Vladimir Putin. The claim that Biden restored our leadership on the world stage is an outright lie. Unless he’s blaming Barack Obama, the only person he could have restored it from is Donald Trump. Trump was a true leader who commanded respect overseas. Joe Biden is a phony and a fraud, and our adversaries know it.
Schumer, Jeffries: Democratic vision vs. economic catastrophe
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) slavered over the thought of congressional Democrats getting their hands on $6.9 trillion. He praised Biden’s “Democratic Vision for the Country:”
So this is just a great budget. It fits the needs of American families to a tee, and gives them the kind of hope and optimism that America is moving in the right direction, and paying attention to their needs.374
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) chose a different strategy. He threatened Republican “default and economic catastrophe.”375 and persisted with misinformation about GOP plans to cut Social Security and Medicare that will deny us retirements of “grace and dignity after a lifetime of hard work.”376
Does Jeffries plan on retiring with grace and dignity on nothing but Social Security and Medicare? Perhaps he was bored with lying about January 6 deaths to counter Carlson’s reporting:
The January 6 insurrection was violent, approximately 140 officers were seriously injured a handful of officers died as a result of the events of the January 6 violent insurrection.377
This is not a man we should trust to negotiate trillions in spending on our behalf.
Biden sells 2024 budget with values he doesn’t value
The president’s 2024 budget pitch is notable for selling a fiscal plan with values that he not only doesn’t value but has destroyed outright.
First, this everyman president hurt Americans who continue to suffer from his economy. He insists that he has working class backs:
Folks, here’s why I’m here today. For too long, working people have been breaking their necks, but the economy has left them behind — working people like you — while those at the top get away with everything and get everything.378
The Consumer Price Index disagrees. With Republican investigations in full swing, it’s obvious that Biden and administration officials are the people who “get away with everything and get everything” while the working class suffers and the middle class struggles to get by in Democrats’ punishing, climate-centric inflationary economy where sending untold billions to Ukraine takes precedence over Schumer’s claim that Democrats are paying attention to the needs of the American people.
Undeterred, Biden followed up with the three reasons he ran for president:
One, to restore the soul of America, restore some decency and honor to the system.379
There is no decency or honor in lies. Lies are how the Biden administration communicates with the American people. Look no further than administration claims that the border is secure. We know this is not the case. The White House sticks to the story anyway because the truth does not matter. When facts are too damaging our weaponized, censorship-happy federal government is a persistent threat to anyone who disagrees.
Next up on Biden’s list:
And two, to rebuild the backbone of the country: the middle class. When the middle class does well, the poor have a way up and the wealthy still do very well.380
We’ll let high prices and runaway inflation speak for themselves. Biden is correct that the wealthy will still do very well, assuming they were not overinvested in the Silicon Valley Bank or FTX. So will the Biden family. It’s the middle and working classes that are hurt by what he’s done to the economy.
Ready for another?
And the third one is to unite the country. Didn’t think we could do that, but — as we’ve seen all the talk about, “We never get any cooperation from the other team.” The last two years, we’ve passed some pretty big things with bipartisan support.381
This is the most offensive lie of all. The fact that a few Republicans agree to support Democrat Party legislation does not mean Americans are united.
Whoever coached Biden on his budget comments should have reminded him not to mention restoring the “soul of America.” The phrase is inextricably linked to his historic, “semi-fascism” attack on conservatives and one of the most hateful, divisive speeches we’ve ever heard from an American president.
The White House stock-in-trade is division, not unity. Sowing suspicion and hate with lies and misinformation is not going to bring us together and Biden knows it. Separating the American people is the goal because a divided America is a weak America ripe for political exploitation. Nevertheless, the president wrapped up his budget remarks with the usual nonsense about Americans sticking together:
Folks, let me conclude by saying we just have to remember who we are. We’re the United States of America. (Applause.) There is nothing — nothing — beyond our capacity — I mean it — nothing beyond our capa- — if we do it together.382
We know who we are. We also know what we value. America has nothing in common with a president who pushes a $6.9 trillion spending plan with lies about values he doesn’t support. Democrats might, but the rest of us know better.
UPDATE March 15, 2023:
Americans should have faith that our government will screw us for problems with the banking system
Are you stupid? If you’re reading this, I assume not. We can leave the government’s ridiculous assertion that we won’t foot the bill for the SVB bank bailout to stupid people who voted for Joe Biden:
No losses associated with the resolution of Silicon Valley Bank will be borne by the taxpayer.383
You can add this to the list of economic lies that includes the one about spending bills that are 100% paid for and won’t cost taxpayers a cent. As the New York Post points out, one way or the other the funds for the newest bailout for people with lots of money that is most assuredly not really a bailout is coming from you and me.384
Democrats prefer our heads remain floating in the clouds so we can be eternally grateful for what the federal government does for us each and every day. Bastions of honesty Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) offered thanks on the American peoples’ behalf for saving SVB and the banking system:
We are grateful that the Biden administration, Federal Reserve and FDIC took swift action to safeguard depositors and maintain confidence in the banking system. Americans should have faith that bank regulators are doing everything they can to protect consumers. In the coming days and weeks, Congress will be looking closely at the causes behind the run on Silicon Valley Bank and other banks and how we can prevent a similar crisis in the future.385
If bank regulators were doing everything possible, why is this bailout that’s not a bailout necessary? Wasn’t the subprime mortgage crisis enough to put regulators on notice that they needed to pay closer attention, or was embarrassing Gavin Newsome and California’s bank watchdogs over what they did or didn’t know or the extent to which the governor was involved with the bank386 too risky for Democrats as a 2024 decision looms?
No doubt Schumer and Jeffries are grateful. For Democrats this is a PR spin crisis first and foremost. As far as the money to make SVB depositors who might also be Democrat Party donors whole, we all know where that’s coming from. Rest assured they do, too.
UPDATE March 22, 2023:
Liars matter: House leader still has “full confidence” in purveyors of Democrat Party’s Russia hoax.
House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) vented his unhappiness with Republicans to ex-Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a Sunday MSNBC interview that shows once and for all how much Democrats depend on lies to deceive Americans.
Jeffries ridiculed the GOP’s investigation into the weaponization of our federal government, which he derisively referred to as the “Committee to Protect Insurrectionists.” He assured us that two discredited Democrats who got away scot-free after pushing the party’s lies about Trump-Russia collusion have his complete confidence:
Well, I have full confidence in the leader of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, the leader of the Oversight Committee, Representative Jamie Raskin and the leader on the Democratic side of the Weaponization Committee, Stacey Plaskett, to continue to make sure that we are upholding the rule of law, doing our congressional duties and responsibilities, but also pushing back against the extreme MAGA Republican overreach that we continue to see and have seen over the first few months of this new Congress.387
Nadler, another New York Democrat, was one of the primary instigators who spread the phony and thoroughly discredited Trump-Russia Collusion hoax. This was from a press release he issued as this historic Democrat Party fraud picked up steam:
The evidence is piling up, and it points to direct collusion between the Trump campaign and the government of Vladimir Putin. The call to the FBI again points to the need for a wide-ranging bi-partisan investigation by Congress.388
The names of those he relied on to push this Clinton campaign scam are familiar:
Republican questions included a host of queries designed to identify confidential human sources currently being used in the ongoing investigation; questions about George Papadopoulos, Christopher Steele, Glenn Simpson, and Carter Page; questions about the classified FISA process; and even personal questions about Mr. Strzok’s extramarital affairs and how and when he voted:389
Steele, of course, was the source of the notorious, discredited dossier that was alleged to be the smoking gun implicating Trump and Russia.
Jamie Raskin (D-MD) cited the “absence of public pressure from Ryan and the Republican leadership”390 to support Democrats’ anti-Trump fraud during the Mueller probe. His fealty to the truth meant ridiculing the Trump administration for calling the hoax exactly what we now know it was:
Already, the Administration has attempted to discredit the work of Mueller and his expert legal team, variously describing the investigation as a “fishing expedition,” a “witch hunt,” and a “hoax,” in addition to questioning its costs.391
Raskin joined Nadler and 18 other Democrats in a letter demanding then Speaker Paul Ryan support their phony, fraudulent investigation:
We write with questions about your role in attempts to coordinate action between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials or operatives during the 2016 presidential election.392
… We also share grave concerns about any official in the White House with a position of influence over national security who knew about, or even participated in, covert arrangements designed to help a foreign adversary of the United States subvert our democratic elections processes.393
These are the colleagues governing House Democrat Jeffries wants us to trust. Raskin is still at it, now attacking Republicans for “nonsensical interference” for sending a letter to DA Alvin Bragg concerning Bragg’s “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority:”
The Republicans’ letter to the Manhattan District Attorney represents an astonishing and unprecedented abuse of power as they attempt to use Congressional resources to interfere in an ongoing criminal investigation at another level of government and obstruct a possible criminal indictment.394
Meanwhile, while questions explode over the Biden family’s foreign business dealings and America’s possibly compromised president, Raskin and Democrats on the Oversight Committee continue to persecute Trump’s family. The latest allegations involve “$250,000 of foreign government gifts.”
Today’s preliminary findings suggest again the Trump Administration’s brazen disregard for the rule of law and its systematic mishandling of large gifts from foreign governments, including many lavish personalized gifts that vastly exceed the statutory limit in value, but were never reported—some that are still missing today.395
While Democrats wage their war of deception, propaganda, innuendo, and lies against Biden’s likely 2024 opponent, Jeffries assures us they will put People Over Politics:
We are on the right side of the American people, the right side of American values and on the right side of history.396
Does this make you wonder what the wrong side might look like?
UPDATE March 24, 2023:
Are Democrats lying about the Parents Bill of Rights Act? You decide.
Remember the president’s remark that if you don’t know whether to vote for Trump or for him, “then you ain’t black?” The Democrat Party is very possessive of those they think they own. Your kids are on the list too, the more woke and gender-confused, the better.
We’re hearing a plethora of horror stories about what happens when parents are cut out of the union-Democrat Party school control paradigm. Everything from CRT to gender dysphoria to opportunities to get up close and personal with drag queens are on America’s school curriculum. So is labeling parents terrorists when they disagree with plans to indoctrinate their kids, find out about it after the fact, and show up at school board meetings to voice their opposition.
Democrats, Randi Weingarten, and a veritable army of left-wing educators don’t own America’s children. To codify that message Republicans proposed the Parents Bill of Rights Act, a pretty inoffensive and commonsense piece of legislation to govern interactions between families, teachers, and their schools that begins with the precept that “Parents have a God-given right to make decisions for their children.”
Was it the reference to “God” that so angered Democrats?
Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) threw another of his bombastic fits over the bill. His remarks were reminiscent of lies Democrats and their media told about Florida’s alleged “Don’t Say Gay” bill:
But today, extreme MAGA Republicans passed a bill that puts politics over parents and will ban books, censor librarians and bully children. It’s shameful.397
He lapsed into Pelosiesque fantasy:
Rather than actually invest in empowering parents, making sure parents have the opportunity to be engaged and involved in the education of their children, extreme MAGA Republicans want to jam their right-wing ideology down the throats of students, teachers and parents throughout America.398
We’ll assume the congressman knows what can happen to parents when they try to engage and like most negative things Democrats are responsible for, prefers to ignore the truth.
You can read the fact sheet for the Parent’s Bill of Rights Act and the text for H.R. 5 and decide for yourself. Is the legislation about “jamming right-wing ideology” down kids throats, or providing badly needed transparency for a thoroughly opaque public school system and government that believes parents are an impediment to the political left’s indoctrination process?
“FACT SHEET: President Biden’s Budget Keeps America Safe and Confronts Global Challenges.” whitehouse.gov. March 9, 2023. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/03/09/fact-sheet-president-bidens-budget-keeps-america-safe-and-confronts-global-challenges/, retrieved March 10, 2023.
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