A fading star vs a rising star

We’ve heard it all before. In fact, a recording of last year’s State of the Union can be replayed, saving President Biden a trip to Capitol Hill.

Numbers can be selectively used to hide reality and advance one’s political agenda. Both parties do it, but the Democrats and their media allies do it better. It’s important to go beyond claiming success. For example, during Biden’s State of the Union last year, the president claimed to have added millions of “new” jobs. There has been massive growth in Government jobBut a decrease In private sector employment. It also depends on how one calculates. Does a person returning to the same job after a pandemic count as a new hire? Are people who work two or more jobs counted more than once? What about part-time jobs?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number open position The private sector fell to 9.501 million in November, down from 9.528 million in October. November was the sixth decline in eight months after hitting a record high in March. Meanwhile, government jobs have increased at all levels.

President Biden may take credit for the numbers, but the public isn’t buying it. They see prices at supermarkets much higher than when Biden took office. Gas prices are and remain at least $1 a gallon higher than they were two and a half years ago rising again. Just 37 percent of Democrats want Biden to seek a second term, and 41 percent say they are worse off financially since Biden became president. The Washington Post-ABC News Poll.

Biden’s speech was more about taxing the “rich” when the real issue isn’t revenue. It costs. Biden’s laundry list of proposals would add trillions to the debt. Once again, the federal government is taking in record amounts of revenue. It is their uncontrolled spending that has produced a debt $31 trillion And counting, our total domestic production is more than 100 percent. Massive national debt has been a contributor to the decline of great nations of the past, along with uncontrolled immigration and the spread of secularism. All three are now facing the country.

Biden had nothing to say about personal responsibility. He presents our government as the only force that can save us.

In the Republican north, newly installed Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders 11 minutes spent deconstructing Biden’s hour and 12-minute speech with lines like this:

“Being a mother of three young children has taught me not to believe the stories I hear. So forgive me for not believing much of what I heard tonight from President Biden … the Democrats have failed you. They know it. And you know it.”

In a Reaganesque voice, he said, “Government exists not to rule the people, but to serve the people. Democrats want to govern us with more government control…”

He then raised the issue of age, which is bound to be a factor in the 2024 campaign, and delivered this zinger: “At 40, I am the youngest governor to head my state. At 80, he is the oldest president in American history. I am the first woman to lead my state. He is the first man to surrender his presidency to an unawakened crowd that can’t tell you what a woman is.”

Governor Sanders said more in his short speech than Biden did in his long speech. One more thing. If government is the solution to all our problems, why hasn’t Biden solved the problems he mentioned again – from poverty to crime? Why doesn’t anything seem to get better, especially when the Democrats are running the government?

A Republican majority in the House would – and should – stop much of this spending.