Joe Biden, Grasping at Straws
Author: Greg Valliere
April 12, 2022
WHAT CAN WASHINGTON DO to reverse this horrible narrative? The options are very limited.
THE WHITE HOUSE will agree to send more weapons to Ukraine, but Russia’s threat to use weapons of mass destruction is a potential game-changer. The American public wants Biden to do more, but an overt U.S. involvement in Ukraine is very unlikely.
VLADIMIR PUTIN is poised to capture much of eastern Ukraine before an alleged deadline of May 9, the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe — but he cannot capture Kyiv. A war for Kyiv could last for months.
MEANWHILE, THE VIOLENCE IN AMERICA is out of control, with a spike of shootings in Chicago, Washington and New York, where Mayor Eric Adams was supposed to boost Democrats who have been battered by charges that they want to defund the police. But crime has spiked in New York.
AN INITIATIVE ON GASOLINE: The White House is expected to announce today that there will be new regulations allowing a blended form of gasoline that uses ethanol, known as E15, to be sold this summer — a proposal that will infuriate environmental activists.
THE ADMINISTRATION will do this by having the EPA issue an emergency waiver for the summer sale of E15. Typically, E15 cannot be sold in most of the country between June 1 and Sept. 15 because of air pollution rules. The White House believes that the use of E15 can shave 10 cents per gallon of gasoline.
DESPITE THIS GASOLINE INITIATIVE the inflation crisis is likely to prevail into
the summer. The cure will be aggressive rate hikes from the Federal Reserve, which no president wants; the next crisis could be a plunge in house prices.
ONE MEDIA-FUELED CRISIS that we don’t worry about is that a resurgence of Covid variants is a major threat. Panicky universities in the Northeast have reinstated mask mandates but these new variants don’t get people very sick; they produce a mild flu, hardly a reason for panic.
WHAT BIDEN NEEDS is a bill that could curb drug prices, expand pre-K education benefits, and tax very wealthy individuals and corporations. These options, part of the wreckage of Build Back Better, poll well but the option of more government activism has faded in light of the inflation surge and opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin, the maverick West Virginia Democrat.
FOR THE BELEAGUERED Joe Biden, there are few options; once the CPI report is digested this morning, the greatest challenge will be how to respond if Russia uses biological or chemical weapons on civilians in Ukraine. This could become a huge crisis for NATO — and Biden.
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