Biden’s real challenge isn’t Russia or China, but poverty in America

The mainstream US media continues to celebrate the supposed strength of the US economy. Almost daily headlines speak of promising numbers, sustainable growth, positive trends and steady gains. The reality on the ground, however, tells something entirely different, which begs the questions: Are Americans being lied to? And for what purpose?

“The U.S. economy grew 1.7% in the fourth quarter, capping off a strong year,” The New York Times reported. “The U.S. economy grew 5.7% in 2021, the fastest annual clip,” the Washington Post added. Reuters, Voice of America, The Financial Times, CNN, Market Watch and many others all agreed. But if so, why then is US President Joe Biden’s approval rating at an all-time low? And why are many Americans literally hungry?

In a national opinion poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos and released on February 3, only 41% of American adults approved of Biden’s performance in office. A whopping 56% disapproved. The numbers weren’t a complete shock as the downward trajectory of the Biden presidency was in effect shortly after he moved to the White House more than a year ago.

The truth is, Biden was not the Democrats’ preferred candidate for president. Judging by various opinion polls and early Democratic primary results in 2020, it was Bernie Sanders who represented the Democratic hope for real and substantial change. Party politics, the liberal media’s insistence that Sanders was not ‘eligible’ and scaremongering propaganda about a second Trump term have pushed Biden into the ranks of candidates to be cast as the only hope for salvation. from America.

While Republicans remain committed to the legacy of Donald Trump and are still largely united politically and ideologically, Democrats are increasingly less confident in their leadership and uncertain about the future of their democracy, their governance and their economy. Of course, they are above reproach in holding such opinions.

As Democratic leaders continue to obsess over their fear of Trump and the liberal media insist the US economy is as healthy as possible, the average American continues to struggle with rising poverty, inflation and the lack of future prospects.

Here are some sobering numbers: 56% of all Americans cannot produce a meager $1,000 as an emergency expense from their existing savings, CNBC reported; 1 in 10 American adults went hungry last December because of poverty, Forbes.com reported; Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy found that the child poverty rate in the United States stands at 17%, “one of the highest among developed countries.”

If American workers are studied separately from the general population, the numbers are even grimmer: three-quarters of American workers said it was “very or somewhat difficult to make ends meet”, according to a study conducted by Shift Project and reported in NBC News Online, 40% of workers surveyed said they were unable to come up with $400 in emergency money. But most shocking of all, according to the same study, is that “about 20% said they were hungry because they could not afford to eat.”

Apart from occasional government handouts, which have been provided by the Trump and Biden administrations, few structural changes have been made to the US economy that would ensure greater equality among all sectors of society. Instead, the administration’s priorities seem to be shifted entirely to something else.

Writing in Politico, David Siders describes the current political discourse in Democratic Party circles, where “Democrats are losing their minds in 2024.” Given that the Democratic president’s approval ratings are “dismal,” Democrats fear Trump’s return. “Anybody can talk about Trump — donors, politicians, party insiders, the media,” Siders said, quoting a Democratic adviser. The same adviser described “a strange cycle” where the “conversation keeps coming back to Trump.”

Whether aware of this obsession or not, the Biden administration appears to be operating largely on a political strategy of tarnishing Trump and his supporters, telling, over and over again, the story of the January 6 insurrection, hoping for a Republican split. or any other miracle that would bolster their chances of retaining their congressional majority in the upcoming midterm elections in November.

In doing so, Democratic leaders seem oblivious to the harsh reality on the ground, where food prices are soaring and inflation has reached unsustainable levels. According to new data released February 10 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US consumer price index (CPI) rose 7.5% in January from the same month a year ago, putting has the “fastest annual rate since 1982”. reported the Financial Times.

The rise in inflation is not a one-time event, as the CPI rose to a sustainable level of 0.6% on a monthly basis. Ordinary people can feel this increase almost every time they go shopping. Small business owners, especially restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores, have only one option: either raise their prices or close altogether. Consequently, large segments of the already vulnerable American population are becoming more desperate than ever.

To avoid providing real answers to difficult questions about the well-being of millions of Americans, the actual function of their democratic institutions, and the existing corruption within the American political system – regardless of who controls Congress or resides in the White House – Democrats and their media blame their Republican rivals or create foreign policy distractions. They keep talking about a “Chinese threat” and an “imminent” Russian invasion of Ukraine, etc., when the real threat is detached politicians amassing wealth, fighting for power and prestige while their compatriots continue to go hungry.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak out”. Dr. Baroud is a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA). His website is

www.ramzybaroud.net

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