Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
When Joe Biden assumed office, he said he would “build back better.” Let’s see how he’s done so far:
- Inflation reaching its highest level in over a decade, with gas prices up 50 percent, lumber prices up 124 percent, and more;
- More than 8.1 million open jobs as millions of Americans remain at home on unemployment;
- The unemployment rate ticking up for the first time in a year;
- A stark decline in the stock market, hurting millions of individuals and retirees;
- Proposed massive tax hikes on millions of Americans;
- A deteriorating situation in the Middle East with Israel under constant attack;
- An unprecedented expansion of the federal budget deficit;
- The extension of unemployment bonuses and other welfare benefits that pay better than work;
- Hundreds of thousands of illegal crossings at the southern border, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis; and
- A gas crisis, with the highest prices at the pump since the Obama administration.
Is this building back better? To modify a quote from President Reagan, are you better off than you were six months ago? Is life more affordable? Do you feel safer?
And yet all the media wants to talk about is Liz Cheney.
If you’re like me, you’re dismayed at the growing cost of living, a stagnant economy, a weak foreign policy, a border crisis, and a plummeting stock market.
First Lady Jill Biden recently said that they’re “just getting started.” While that was meant to invoke optimism, for many Americans it is a frightening reality of what the next few years of a Democrat-controlled White House, Senate, and House of Representatives have in store.
Now more than ever, we need to unify and stand together in opposition to policies that will hurt our country — not get distracted by what the mainstream media wants us to focus on.