Fact-Check: Biden’s Big SOTU Obfuscations and Lies
If you refused to watch, you missed the most absurd SOTU comedy routine ever.
This week, we witnessed a president, under the most challenging circumstances imaginable, rise above those challenges and establish himself as a formidable national leader. I am referring, of course, to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
On the other hand … if you missed Joe Biden’s State of the Union remarks — and I certainly hope you didn’t suffer through them as he and we did — to understand what he tried to say you will have to read his comments as prepared here because it was exceedingly difficult to understand what he was actually trying to read from his teleprompters.
What follows are a few key points, but you can read my full unabridged analysis here.
It was a strange affair, akin to the longest “Saturday Night Live” comedy skit ever, playing to a room half empty but mostly unmasked. I have never seen a SOTU delivered to half an audience, but if I were a Democrat, I would have stayed away too, or would have, as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) did, sat in the Republican section.
Upon entering the room, Biden handed Speaker Nancy Pelosi the official copy of his remarks. She did not tear up the pages, one by one, as she did Donald Trump’s last SOTU remarks in 2020, when the state of our union was great. However, tearing up Biden’s speech would have been the best thing she could have done for her party’s midterm prospects. (BTW, our criminal complaint against Pelosi for tearing up that official document is still pending.)
For her part, Pelosi dutifully sat behind Biden displaying a synthetic constipated grimace throughout the entire spectacle, while Kamala Harris was poised to jump in if Biden collapsed.
As for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Baghdad Bob of Demo party-line politics, his defense of Biden before the SOTU was as polished as one of Vladimir Putin’s propagandists.
Going in, Biden and his handlers knew this speech had to be a major pivot point for him and his socialist Democrat Party cadre.
Biden’s approval is mired at 40% in RCP’s average. That is confirmed by the more Biden-friendly poll at FiveThirtyEight, where Biden’s approval went from +16.8 on March 1, 2021, to -12.5 on March 1, 2022. But the real-time polling this week by Leftmedia outlets ABC News/Washington Post is more troubling for Biden, showing his approval is now down to 38%, and much worse with independent voters.
With that as a backdrop, it is odd that there was no pivot, just another episode of his non compos mentis droning and drooling through a plethora of obfuscations and lies, affirming much of what I asserted in the “Sneak Preview: Biden’s State of Disunion Lies.”
This afternoon, I will provide much more detail, which is to say eviscerate his remarks, but for this edition, I am including his top 10 most egregious lies.
1.) Honest Joe: “I will be honest with you, as I’ve always promised.” A quick check of Biden’s litany of lies dispenses with that laughable lie.
2.) On paving the way for Putin’s “minor incursion” into Ukraine: “Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson — when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos. They keep moving. And, the costs and threats to America and the world keep rising. That’s why the NATO alliance was created to secure peace and stability in Europe after World War II. The United States is a member along with 29 other nations. It matters. American diplomacy matters.” Of course, Biden emphasized alliances and European NATO partners because the world knows Biden’s words mean nothing. And aptly demonstrating how he delivered the corpus of his remarks, he stated, “Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he’ll never gained the hearts and souls of the IRANIAN people.”
3-4.) On tax cuts and big government spending, a two for one: “Unlike the $2 trillion tax cut passed in the previous administration that benefitted the top 1% of Americans, the American Rescue Plan helped working people — and left no one behind.” However, as noted by Andy Puzder, Senior Fellow at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy: “Biden lied. In 2018, following passage of the [2017 tax cuts], the top 1% paid more in income taxes than the bottom 90% of taxpayers — combined. Sounds like their ‘fair share.’” And those tax cuts combined with massive cuts in regulations resulted in a massive economic surge for all Americans, including many “left behind” by generations of Democrat policies. As for Biden’s so-called American Rescue Plan, that was $1.9 trillion in taxpayer-funded graft to fill a $300 billion economic hole created by the ChiCom Virus pandemic. The other $1.6 trillion was fodder for the inflation now crushing family budgets.
5-6.) On jobs and the economy, another two for one: “In fact, our economy created over 6.5 million new jobs just last year, more jobs created in one year than ever before in the history of America. Our economy grew at a rate of 5.7% last year, the strongest growth in nearly 40 years, the first step in bringing fundamental change to an economy that hasn’t worked for the working people of this nation for too long.” Actually, the Demos’ mandated economic shutdowns in blue states resulted in more than 9.5 million jobs lost, so we are still waiting on another three million just to get back to even. Again from Andy Puzder: “Biden lied. 6.5 million people returning to work following pandemic lockdowns is not the same as creating 6.5 million new jobs.” The same argument can be made for GDP.
7.) On inflation: “One way to fight inflation is to drive down wages and make Americans poorer. I have a better plan to fight inflation — lower your costs, not your wages. … So that’s my plan and will have more detail later.” Nobody has any idea what to make of this claim, other than Biden got the plan from the sparkly unicorn he keeps in the Lewinsky room next to the Oval Office. The fact is, Joe Biden inflation-bombed your family budget.
8.) On taxes and the deficit: “My plan to fight inflation will lower your costs and lower the deficit.” Again with the sparkly unicorn. As Rep. Greg Murphy, M.D. (R-NC) notes, “Fact check: A Tax Policy Center report shows that Biden’s tax plan will raise taxes on 75% of families in one year, and 95% in 10 years. Another White House lie.” Fact is, Biden’s “plan to fight inflation” is to print more money to fund some breakup of his DOA “Build Back Better” boondoggle, a.k.a. “Build Back Bolshevik” around our shop.
9.) On the inflationary cost of fuel: “I can announce that the United States has worked with 30 other countries to release 60 million barrels of oil from reserves around the world. These steps will help blunt gas prices here at home.” Fact is, Biden’s energy policies not only enabled Putin but crippled our energy production and self-reliance, and in doing so, he has crippled our ability to assist Europe with an oil offset to Russia. As Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) notes: “The current administration’s moves to restrict American oil and natural gas is one of the reasons Putin feels empowered to move on Ukraine now. An important lesson for America: If you depend on another country for your oil and natural gas you can easily be extorted by them.” Alternatively, Biden insists, “Lowering the price of electric vehicles, saving you another $80 a month because you’ll never have to pay at the gas pump again,” will solve the problem!
10.) Finally, on Biden’s so-called “voting rights” legislation: “The most fundamental right in America is the right to vote — and to have it counted. And it’s under assault. In state after state, new laws have been passed, not only to suppress the vote but to subvert entire elections.” Actually, it is Biden’s “voter rights” bulk-mail ballot fraud strategy that would constitute a systemic effort to subvert entire elections.“
While I expected that Biden would use his SOTU to announce his big COVID pivot to proclaim he "shut down the virus,” that did not get much mention because the little dustup between Russia and Ukraine got in the way. He did, however, proudly proclaim, “Just a few days ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the CDC — issued new mask guidelines,” and I am sure the timing was purely coincidental just before his SOTU. Notably absent was Biden’s Beltway troll, Tony “Masked Man” Fauci. Apparently Biden consulted with Putin on how to make those who are no longer useful “disappear.”
The most notable omissions:
Biden did not mention Red China or any of his ChiCom business partners.
Conspicuously, there was no mention of Pelosi’s histrionic inquisition into the January 6 “insurrection.”
(You can review the Republican and Democrat rebuttals here.)
More in my column this afternoon!
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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