Over the past month, Joe Biden has concentrated most of his lies on the economy. That comes as no surprise. But, The New York Times is keeping score and that is a surprise. My thinking on this is that the media have two goals in mind. The first goal is to put all the blame on Biden for the poor election results for the Democrats.
The second goal is to either get the cabinet to go to the 25th Amendment or to force Biden to give up running for a second term. The rest of the Democrats are as much to blame as Biden, but the media wants to throw them some shade.
As President Biden and his administration have told it in recent months, America has the fastest-growing economy in the world, his student debt forgiveness program passed Congress by a vote or two, and Social Security benefits became more generous thanks to his leadership.
None of that was accurate.
The president, who has long been seen as embellishing the truth, has recently overstated his influence on the economy, or omitted key facts. This week, Mr. Biden praised himself for giving retirees a raise during a speech in Florida.
“On my watch, for the first time in 10 years, seniors are getting an increase in their Social Security checks,” he declared. The problem: That increase was the result of an automatic cost-of-living increase prompted by the most rapid inflation in 40 years. Mr. Biden had not done anything to make retirees’ checks bigger — it was just a byproduct of the soaring inflation that the president has vowed to combat…
Mr. Biden’s comment to Jimmy Kimmel in June about America’s rapid economic growth being the fastest in the world was contradicted by an International Monetary Fund report in July that showed several countries in Europe and Asia were growing faster than the United States this year.
They did have to throw in a dinger at President Trump by claiming Biden’s exaggerations are nothing like’s Trump’s exaggerations. But, eventually, they had to admit that many of the things Biden has been lying about make no sense whatsoever. They talk about the fact that Biden claimed that his student debt program passed congress when there was never any vote on it. That makes it difficult to pass, to say the least. Biden was probably referring to the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which did not include student debt relief.
They also pointed out tha5t Biden claimed that in September, the average price of gas was $2.99 a gallon when they were actually $3.99 a gallon. And no, gas did not cost an average of five dollars a gallon when Trump left office.
Statement from the WH on Biden’s claim about passing student loan forgiveness “by a vote or two”— they say he was referring to the IRA, which reduced deficit in order to generate savings to pay for student loan cancellation https://t.co/w0eQ1ik41q pic.twitter.com/wHo9ook2Ce
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) October 24, 2022
As the Times points out, student debt relief wasn’t in the bill. The fact that their explanation made no sense at all didn’t seem to bother anyone in the White House.
The White House was also lying when they took down a tweet about the big increase in Social Security checks. The White House press secretary claimed the tweet was pulled down because it “was not complete.” But the actual reason is because readers added context to the tweet saying what the Times said today, i.e. that the increase had nothing to do with Biden (except for the fact that he and his party were partly responsible for the inflation that triggered it).
Again, it’s good the Times is making some effort to not let the president get away with this stuff, but the assurances that it’s all just normal political embellishment or at least normal for Joe Biden is a stretch. There are rumors circulating on Twitter today that the Times is working on a big story about Biden’s mental state, a story that won’t be published until after the election. I don’t know if those rumors are true but if the Times isn’t already working on that story it really ought to be. I don’t think Biden’s claim about student debt relief was an embellishment, I think it was a sign of serious confusion on his part and it’s not the first such sign.