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June 22, 2022

Wednesday Morning Rant [Joe Mannix]

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Promises Kept

As campaign season heats up and the battle lines become clearer, political advertising is going to start deluging the airwaves and internet soon. In some places, it's already begun. Commercials, billboards, yard signs, banner ads and more will once again become a continuous presence in daily life. Given the widespread use of the midterms as a referendum on the administration, the Biden Administration's performance is going to be front and center in the campaign.

So how is he doing? Well, if you ask me, he's doing pretty well indeed at holding up his campaign promises. He isn't batting 1.000, of course, but he's making real progress on his promised agenda. Here's a little scorecard on some of his key commitments.


Campaign promise: Get tough on Russia
And then you find out that everything is going on here about Russia is wanting to make sure that I do not get elected the next President of the United States because they know I know them, and they know me.

Big check on this one. Biden is so tough on Russia that Russia did something they didn't do under the last guy: invaded Ukraine. There's now a regional war into which we're pouring billions of dollars in cash and equipment, and have responded with economic sanctions resulting in serious global consequences for various commodities, namely wheat, energy and cooking oils all while Russia's currency continues to hold up. If this isn't keeping a promise, I don't know what is.

Campaign Promise: Open up immigration and sanctuary
You come to the United States and you make your case. That's how you seek asylum, based on the following premise, why I deserve it under American law.

Mission accomplished. We have "migrant caravans" again. We have vastly increasing numbers of Border Patrol "contacts" with illegal aliens. Catch-and-release is being restored. The prior administration's border and immigration policies have been shelved. The "Muslim Ban" on people from terrorist rogue states is gone. Biden's promise: Kept

Campaign promise: Attack the oil industry
I would transition from the oil industry. Yes.

Incomplete, but well underway. Have you seen the price of gas and diesel recently? You don't get that without visionary energy policy in the name of Mother Earth. Directly through policy and indirectly through alliances with capital market players, the Biden Administration is delivering on his promise to destroy the oil industry. Production is down, pipelines are suspended, refinery capacity is shrinking and despite all of this we're still shipping our oil to our allies in Europe who need it as a result of Biden's "tough on Russia" promise. Rome wasn't built in a day, but it can't be torn down in a day, either. I'm confident that by the end of his administration, even more progress will be made on this 'keystone' promise.

Campaign Promise: Deal with climate change
Climate change, climate warming, global warming is an existential threat to humanity. We have a moral obligation to deal with it.

Great progress is being made. We're back in the Paris Accords. The economy is sliding downhill - and what's better for the environment than reduced economic activity? Oil - already discussed - is long since on the outs. Hooray for the climate! We continue to concentrate our pollution offshore in places where poor people live, and we're doing our bit for the climate by pursuing penury at home and abroad via treaty! This isn't a full win, but boy are we on our way.
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So how are we looking? Two solid wins and two great leaps of progress on four major campaign issues. Not a bad scorecard. Biden's administration is doing what Biden promised to do on the campaign trail, and they are wildly successful on multiple fronts. They're delivering the goods, and the consequences of these actions are the cost of the Biden Administration keeping its promises.

And if the GOP has any gumption in the slightest, they'll readily point out all of the campaign promises that this administration is keeping.

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