Like most towns in America, the morning kaffee klatsches in Reno are the best source for getting the political pulse of the country. The early morning gatherings usually consist of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. This gives you a full dose of the thinking of the various entities.
Naturally, the main topic of the current caffeine infused gatherings is President Joe Biden. The Democrats have a difficult time in explaining the rationale of Biden’s actions. The Republicans delight in asking to name one thing that Biden has gotten right since his inauguration. When he was on the campaign trail last year he delighted in criticizing Trump’s handling of the Pandemic. He even went so far as to say that Trump was responsible for every death caused by Covid-19. Since the 2021 death toll from Covid has now eclipsed the number of deaths in 2020, isn’t Biden, by his figuring, responsible for all the deaths this year?
The headline for this column came from an Independent who listed all of Biden’s shortcomings. The Afghan disaster topped the list followed by the creation of the border chaos by Biden. Inflation is attributed to Biden’s handling of the economy. The shortage of food, which is something that we are used to seeing in communist countries, is particularly disquieting to most Americans. The one area that affects every adult in the country is the price of a gallon of gas. “Pain at the pump” is one of the comments that every President dreads to hear.
Most coffee drinkers agreed that Biden had campaigned as a moderate, but is governing as a socialist. On his first day in office he was like a kid in a candy shop as he willy-nilly signed a bunch of executive orders that canceled many of the things that Trump had done which resulted in a booming economy prior to the pandemic.
When it comes to the southern border, the increase in illegal crossings has quadrupled under Biden. In fact, according to laws on the books, Biden is breaking them by his actions. While the country currently has more jobs available than job seekers, Biden’s plan is to create more jobs. Does not compute.
With crime surging, mainly in the big cities, Biden’s crime fighting answer is to remove cash bail across the country. Again, does not compute. When it comes to the southern border, Biden seems to be in a state of oblivion. While he says he is laser focused on fighting Covid, he has opened the gates to the country to thousands of immigrants and a good percentage are testing positive with Covid.
Last week, prior to his leaving the country, he was trying desperately to sell a new framework for his massive socialist spending spree. Oddly enough, most opposition to the new plan was coming from the radical left, particularly Bernie Sanders. Many Biden critics say that Sanders has more influence in the current government than does Biden.
Interesting development in Washington was the creation of a movie type “set” of a room in the White House for Biden to deliver his remarks on camera. It was just another example of a virtual creation for the virtual president. One wag at the cups of coffee meetings said that Biden should definitely have worn a Sander’s mask for the recent Halloween celebration.
CLIMATE CHANGE. With all the hullabaloo being spread by the Biden administration, notably by climate czar John Kerry, recent word has it that the largest hole in the ozone, anywhere in the world, exists over Antarctica. As there are no millions of gas driven cars or thousands of smoke stacks spewing pollution in that part of the world, what is the real cause of the disruption in the climate?
THE VICE PRESIDENT. Probably the only person in Washington whose poll numbers are worse than Biden’s is Vice President Harris. She is in such bad shape that she recently hired two crisis managers to help change her image. In spite of her mishandling of the three tasks that Biden gave her; the border, infrastructure and space force, a recent statement by Al Sharpton was that Biden should give Harris a bigger part in running the country.
Harry Spencer is a 76-year resident of Nevada and a freelance writer living in Reno.