Joe Biden Knows the Difference Between a “Challenge” and a “Crisis”
But the solutions are the same…..
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BIDEN CHALLENGE/CRISIS #1: THE HUMAN TRAGEDY AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER
Migrant children are being forced to sleep on gym mats with foil sheets and go for days without showering as the Border Patrol struggles to handle thousands of young Central Americans who are surging across the southwestern border, some of them as young as a year old. (New York Times writing about now, not the Trump administration)
The Washington Post is pretty clear on what its journalism finds:
Biden pledged to reverse Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, and smuggling organizations have capitalized on that in their marketing efforts. Biden officials have attempted to counter smugglers’ claims with statements from the White House insisting that the border is closed and that anyone crossing it will not be allowed in — but those statements don’t entirely reflect the reality….
The Biden administration continues to treat the crisis as a capacity shortage that can be managed by opening additional shelters, rather than one that requires a major policy shift….
“When you deliver mixed messages, the migrants and smugglers hear what they want to hear,” said Alan Bersin, who served as CBP commissioner during President Barack Obama’s first term. “They’re saying the border isn’t open — but in fact, for unaccompanied children and families with children under 6, the border is open. You simply can’t thread the needle in messaging.”
BIDEN SOLUTION #1: Apparently doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
BIDEN CHALLENGE/CRISIS #2: GETTING MAGA VACCINE SKEPTICS VACCINATED
BIDEN SOLUTION #2: Per this essential reading New York Times story on the administration’s efforts, throw the elements of a well-funded kitchen sink at the matter, even if that kitchen sink does not necessarily include the leader of the MAGA movement.
BIDEN CHALLENGE/CRISIS #3: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE POLITICS OF RAISING REVENUE
BIDEN SOLUTION #3: Clip ‘n’ save this quote from a Biden Whisperer as a north star for where things are headed:
“His whole outlook has always been that Americans believe tax policy needs to be fair, and he has viewed all of his policy options through that lens,” said Sarah Bianchi, head of U.S. public policy at Evercore ISI and a former economic aide to Biden. “That is why the focus is on addressing the unequal treatment between work and wealth.”
BIDEN CHALLENGE/CRISIS #4: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE POLITICS OF NOT CALLING FOR ANDREW CUOMO’S RESIGNATION
BIDEN SOLUTION #4: Per the zeitgeist animating this additional essential reading New York Times story on the Biden-Cuomo relationship, continue to call for letting the state attorney general’s investigation play out, semi-comforted by the latest poll numbers showing, as expected, that New York voters are not as eager to force the governor out of office as are the pols.
BIDEN CHALLENGE/CRISIS #5: UNITING RED AND BLUE AMERICA
BIDEN SOLUTION #5: Coming fully to grips with this, even if the Dominant Media will not – and then learning the five most important lessons from what happened (even if the Dominant Media will not):
(Kidding! Team Biden is probably at most hazily aware that this thingy happened. Red America knows — and denizens of the Redlands see how little coverage it has gotten, even from (read: especially from) liberal Dominant Media media reporters.)