Democrats are going to need better messaging if they want to limit their losses for the 2022 midterms.
This is what they currently want to run with:
Unless Trump runs again and also wins the Republican nomination (something I consider extremely unlikely) this strategy is just not going to resonate with voters. While the press and Liz Cheney can’t move on from Trump - for most of the country, Trump is somewhat of an afterthought these days. I’d even suggest it would be a huge mistake for him to run again. Let him play kingmaker, get out and hold some rallies for good candidates, and get the next generation elected.
If the Democrats really want to run on “But we aren’t Trump” they’re more than welcome to try it but there are bigger issues voters are going to be thinking about. The worst part is that each and every single one was directly caused by the Biden administration’s bad policy decisions. They were mistakes and now the country is paying the price for the new President’s ineptness.
1. Border crisis – One of Biden’s first executive acts was to freeze the money available for the border wall and also end the declaration of a national emergency on the border. On the campaign trail, he promised there would be a morotorium on deportations for the first 100 days of his presidency. The results were predictable for anyone with a modest level of intelligence.
Immigrants showed up at the border wearing shirts that said “Biden, let us in”. Customs and Border Protection reported that almost 180,000 people attempted to illegally enter the country in April – a two decade high. When you add in the first three months numbers there were 530,425 total crossings. There were 400,651 apprehensions at the southern border in fiscal 2020. Think about that – the first four months and we’ve already surpassed 2020 totals. In a hilarious turn of events, the admin has flipped and now will continue to build parts of the wall.
2. Inflation - The rate of inflation over the past year jumped to 4.2% from 2.6% in the prior month — the highest level since 2008. This means higher prices for consumer goods, food, and gasoline. There’s too much money in the economy and demand is high and the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Package passed by Democrats and signed by Biden in March is clearly helping cause the problem. There were plenty of economists worried this would be the result. However, Biden and Democrats currently have plans for another four trillion in spending they want to pass. Let’s hope they change their minds much like how they had to change their decision on building the wall.
3. Jobs – The U.S. has 8.1 million job openings. The most recent jobs report expected around a million new hires. Instead we got a paltry 266,000 and unemployment actually ticked up to 6.1%! So what gives? Well, the Democrat-passed “American Rescue Plan” extended expanded unemployment benefits through September and includes $300 a week in extra compensation. People are staying home and not working because they’re making almost as much in unemployment benefits.
Biden actually said there was no correlation between the extended benefits and the poor jobs report but that’s idiotic nonsense. There has been talk on both sides of the aisle for getting rid of the benefits thus forcing people to get a job. “We’re going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment, who is offered a suitable job, must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits” Biden said. Hmm, sounds like maybe another aboutface by Biden may be in the works.
4. Renewed Middle East conflict – This week we saw intense violence break out between Israel and the Palestenians as rockets were launched over every part of Israel. I wrote about how Joe Biden was taking us back to the bad old days of Middle East relations which you can read here so the rocket attack isn’t that surprising. Trump had cancelled aid to the Palestenians but Biden resumed aid in April to the tune of 235 million dollars. One month later and almost 1600 rockets were fired at Israel this week. Thankfully, the Iron Dome defense weapon system intercepted almost 90% of these rockets. Our aid just goes to weapons to attack Israel which destabalzies the region further. Here’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken claiming resuming aid would do pretty much the exact opposite of what it really does.
Important humanitarian relief? Nah - rockets and other weapons.
Promote regional prosperity and stability? Nah – open conflict and destabalization.
Advancing American values and interests? Nah – unless war is somehow advancing our interests.
This administration is a trainwreck and we’re literally only a few months into it. How much more damage can they do? Unfortunately, the answer is plenty. How do they not see that their policies are causing damage in almost every way? A humanitarian crisis at the border, an economic crisis run-away inflation becomes a real risk, and the threat of an all out war in the middle east.
God help us all.