Let’s see if we have this right.
The migrant mess on our southern border is bad and getting worse by the day. You, an American citizen, might lose your job if you don’t get vaccinated, but thousands upon thousands of migrants can walk right up to the border, hoping to get in, and we have no idea who’s vaccinated and who isn’t — or, for that matter, who’s walking around with the COVID-19 virus and who isn’t.
I’m guessing this doesn’t sit well with anyone except progressives on the left of the Democratic Party, who, if they were totally honest, would admit that they actually want migrants to be allowed into this country at any time and for just about any reason. (And if that’s an exaggeration, it’s not by much.)
Then there’s Afghanistan: The chaotic departure of our last troops flying out of Kabul is still a fresh (if humiliating) memory. But there still are Americans stranded inside that country, along with Afghans who put their lives on the line to help us during the war. The future of those we left behind, to make sure we met President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE’s self-imposed artificial deadline, depends on the good will of our new partners: the Taliban.
Inflation is showing up in all sorts of places, like the supermarket and the gas station. Voters notice these things.
Or how about the coronavirus? Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE made a mess of things, Biden told voters during the presidential campaign — and now what we get from his administration is a daily dose of confusion. Who should get a booster shot? Who should wear a mask? Where, when, indoors or outdoors? The rules keep changing.
And while all this is going on, the president is trying to convince Congress that spending trillions upon trillions of dollars for what he calls “human infrastructure” is a great idea.
If there’s something Joe Biden is doing right, I’ve somehow missed it.
So, just before he went on his mini-vacation to the beach, he went on national television to deliver a speech, telling the American people that the rich aren’t paying their "fair share" of taxes. Wow! We've never heard that before from a Democrat in political trouble, have we?
Well, yes, of course we have heard that before, from a whole bunch of Democrats. Waging class warfare is what they do. It’s in their DNA. Facts don’t ever seem to bother them.
In his speech, Biden somehow forgot to mention that, according to the latest numbers from the Washington-based Tax Foundation, “The top 1 percent paid a greater share of individual income taxes (38.5 percent) than the bottom 90 percent combined (29.9 percent).” And “the top 50 percent of all taxpayers paid 97 percent of all individual income taxes, while the bottom 50 percent paid the remaining 3 percent.”
You tell me: Who’s not paying their fair share — the rich, or just about everybody else?
But President Biden needed something to take voters’ minds off the mess his presidency has become. And what better way for a Democrat to do that than to pit Americans against one another? Turn the middle class against the wealthy and you might gain political points, since there are a lot more in the middle than at the top.
Joe Biden promised voters that if they elected him as president, he’d bring about an end to chaos. He hasn’t.
He said he would unite the country. He hasn’t done that either.
He said he’d be truthful with the American people. Instead he’s channeling his predecessor. We didn’t know what to believe when Trump opened his mouth; it's turning out to be the same with Biden.
The late New York City mayor Ed Koch used to ask everyone he’d meet: “How am I doing?”
Biden may not be the smartest president we’ve ever elected, but he’s smart enough to know not to ask how he’s doing. I suspect he wouldn’t like the answer.
But there is one silver lining for the president among all those dark clouds: The midterm elections are next November, not the November coming up in just over a month.
That may not be much, but it’s all he’s got at the moment.
Bernard Goldberg is an Emmy and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award-winning writer and journalist. He was a correspondent with HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” for 22 years and previously worked as a reporter for CBS News and as an analyst for Fox News. He is the author of five books and publishes exclusive weekly columns, audio commentaries and Q&As on his Patreon page. Follow him on Twitter @BernardGoldberg.