Biden’s State of DisUnion
Biden’s State of the DisUnin was an incoherent disgrace even by his standards. He gloried over the war he did the most to cause by not giving Russia a guarantee Ukraine never would join NATO. And he gloated over how his sanctions tanked the Russian economy 30 percent. With the Russian GDP at $1.5 trillion, he cost them $450 billion.
But he didn’t say how, since the war started, the dollar has tanked 10 percent against gold. The U.S. economy is $30 trillion. So that’s a gouging of $3 trillion, or six times the cost to Russia.
That’s why I’m paying more than $5 a gallon for gas out here in California. A local gas station I use raised its prices twice on Friday. And food just keeps increasing in price. Tucker Carlson had on a farmer who said fertilizer already had doubled before the war, and will be going up more because – this is a surprise to Biden and the Beltway fools! – we import a lot of fertilizer from Russia.
Even before the invasion, my gas bill had risen by $100 a month, or $1,200 a year. That’s after-tax income. Now it will rise even higher. Steak on sale at Vons used to cost $4. Now it’s $6. What next? And will the bare shelves now get even worse? We used to joke about the Soviet stores suffering empty shelves.
The Federal Reserve Board could rein in the money supply 10 percent to prevent the inflation. But that would reduce all that “stimulus” money floating around to help Democrats this November. Meanwhile, Fed boss Powell testified there definitely will be rate hikes this year, raising interest rates for houses, cars and businesses.
In his State of DisUnion, Biden fought inflation by insisting businesses cut costs, not wages. But he also called for increasing corporate taxes. And for a $15 minimum wage, which would not affect high-cost San Francisco and D.C., where our oligarch love to play, but would hit low-cost states such as Mississippi and Kansas.
At least he didn’t call for Nixon 1971-style wage and price controls, except on prescription drugs. Nobody thinks those work anymore.
He also called for a passel of gun-control measures, all of them foolish. Wrote our best gun scholar, John Lott: “He talked about the need to ‘repeal the liability shield that makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that can’t be sued.’ Yet, that was a lie. People can sue gunmakers if they sell a gun illegally or make a defective gun. Biden wants to make gun manufacturers civilly liable for misuse of firearms they sell. That means people could sue manufacturers and sellers whenever a crime, accident, or suicide occurs with a gun. The straightforward result would be to put gun makers out of business. Imagine what would happen to the car industry if similar rules applied.”
The idea is to leave us disarmed, impoverished and eating bugs – while the oligarchs that control him frolic in gated communities protected by armed guards, hoard all the money and feast on caviar and Dom Perignon.
The SOTU was amusing for all his gaffes, including calling Ukraine “Iran.” As I’ve said, the USA under Biden resembles the USSR under Brezhnev. During that time, the Soviets also bungled their foreign policy, the main mistake being the invasion of Afghanistan. As the histories have detailed, nobody really was in charge at the top to make a clear decision, so momentum led to disaster.
Although American troops aren’t involved – yet – in the Ukraine war, there obviously is no one in charge at the top. Kamala? Klain? Nuland? Sullivan? Hillary?
Meanwhile, a smog of lies from the media floats across the world. Even Fox News has taken up the war whooping. Except for Tucker Carlson, who suspiciously was not on the air Friday. Maybe he’s just taken a well-deserved day off.
It’s amusing to see the media huff and puff about Russian censorship and propaganda, even as they have continued their own censorship of Americans from the past six years, while spewing fake news. Remember the Russiagate Hoax? From its beginning in 2016, I debunked it on this site. Now the Durham investigation has definitively disproven it, showing it really was cooked up by Hillary and her pals. Why then would anybody after that believe – about anything, especially a war – the NYT, Bezos Post, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, LA Times, CBS, etc.? And it was Twitter and Facebook who canceled Trump and so many others, not Russia.
I hate this war and pray that it ends soon. I can’t predict how it will go, and neither can anyone else. But it’s already clear some new “correlation of forces,” to use an old Soviet term, will arise, shape yet to be determined.
And as usual you, the oppressed Americano, will pay and pay and pay and pay and pay.
John Seiler blogs at johnseiler.substack.com
We all have to be Soviets before we can all be Ukrainians now.
Is that before or after we all have to be Georgians?
“We have the ability to see what can be, unburdened by what has been. And then to make the possible actually happen.”
Vice President of the United States of America on the coming future of electric school buses, eighteen wheelers, trains, planes and automobiles. Hang on Mr Seiler, she understands our pain and is there to help.
I haven’t the means to be a caviar connoisseur (perhaps Mr. Navrozov could enlighten us from past experience), but my understanding is that the best comes from Russia/Ukraine and Iran. Maybe the oligarchs can stuff their faces with cricket eggs in their luxury bunkers in New Zealand.
I had a good laugh when Russia passed a law banning false or misleading news, threatening stiff fines and even jail time. All of the major Western news agencies shut up shop immediately, with CNN leading the way.
I wonder if any of the big corporations pulling out of Russia know what a favor it will be to the Russian people in the long run? It will spur independence as new businesses rise to fill the vacuums left by western conglomerates. Besides, they would be better off anyway without Facebook, Twitter, the clothing companies selling ghetto fashion, Nintendo, and Hollywood, to name just a few.
On the other hand, I hear that many western products will be sent to or made in Khazakhstan and then shipped to Russia anyway, not to mention the return to piracy, so my utopian dreams collapse.
I doubt if the war between Ukraine and Russia has anything to do with the increase in the cost of gas at the pump in the US. Russia is not a main source for oil in the US.
We get 61% of crude from Canada in part through a portion of the Key Stone Pipeline. However, another pipeline from Montana is carrying crude to Texas. Mexico provides 10% crude and only 6% comes from Saudi Arabia. We get only about 3% or a little more from Russia. So, for Pres. Biden to put heavy sanctions on Russia is a divisive move but that shouldn’t be a cause for inflation from food to gasoline. I heard it is because of supply and demand. Then too, the reasons for increase in cost of living may be because he wants us to be driving hybrid vehicles.
It’s just another looting expedition, Dot. A few days ago I saw a story on a local news site about a plan to patrol gas stations and fining them for “gouging”. So Abu Mohamed who owns the local gas station and barely makes a living is going to be made to pay, but the Wall St. scum who are really responsible, who have conditioned the public to just cough up every time they kick up a rumpus in some back-of-beyond toilet, regardless of all rationality as regards supply and demand, get a free pass to pillage at will.