Those media fact-checkers who spent every waking moment labeling every utterance of then-President Donald Trump a pants-on-fire lie must be enjoying an extended vacation. How else to explain the fact that President Joe Biden and his top officials get away with telling one falsehood after another without a peep of protest?
We’re talking about big issues — the economy, inflation, the border, taxes and COVID — that could affect how people understand their plight and who they blame for the mess we’re in.
So, since the corporate press won’t do its job, here is a catalog of Biden’s biggest fabrications.
The Economy: Ever since taking office, Biden has told the tale of how he faced an economic crisis “as bad as the Great Depression” and how we were saved by his $2 trillion “American Rescue Plan.”
Instead of correcting Biden, the press simply repeated his lie, as The New York Times did with its recent article claiming that “Democrats Spent $2 Trillion to Save the Economy.”
How about Biden’s repeated claims that he “created more jobs in my first term than any president in history”?
The 10 million jobs he brags about “creating” since taking office 21 months ago were just people getting the jobs back that were lost during the COVID lockdowns. Even that’s nothing to brag about. In Trump’s last nine months in office, the economy “created” 12.5 million such jobs.
Inflation: The guy who claimed he’d always be straight with the American people can’t keep his tall tales about inflation straight. At one point Biden said it was nothing to worry about. Then it was a supply chain problem. Then he blamed Putin and greedy gas station owners. Even now, Biden insists that he’s “making progress” on inflation.
None of it is true.
What is true is that today’s inflation was sparked by Biden’s own $2 trillion “rescue” plan, which flooded the economy with cash when it was already roaring back from COVID.
The Border: On at least 17 occasions — one of them as recently as July 20, 2022 — Biden or his top lieutenants claimed the border is secure.
In just 12 months, border patrol agents caught more than two million illegal immigrants. That doesn’t count the “got aways” who skirted past overworked border patrol agents — a number likely in the hundreds of thousands.
Where Biden and company really crossed the line into outright lying was when they blamed mounted Border Patrol agents for “whipping” illegal immigrants. As Heritage’s Oversight Project proved, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas knew that a photo making the rounds on the internet in 2021 was completely misleading, and that those agents were trying to control their horses with their reins, not attack immigrants with whips. But Mayorkas fed this lie, and needlessly upended the lives of innocent border agents for more than a year.
COVID: During his run for office, Biden repeatedly said he had a plan that would “shut down” the virus. Really? More than 635,000 Americans have died from COVID on Biden’s watch, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s official count. That compares with roughly 400,000 who died before he took office.
The president knew his “plan” was phony and that there was no shutting down this bug, just as he knew that it wasn’t a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” a fact underscored when Biden himself got COVID after having been jabbed multiple times.
Taxes: It would be hard to total up the number of times Biden claimed that “anybody making less than $400,000 a year will not pay a single penny in taxes” under his administration. But no matter how often he said it, it was still false.
Preston Bashers, a Heritage Foundation senior policy analyst, looked at the “Inflation Reduction Act” Biden signed and found that more than half of the tax hikes in that bill will end up being paid by those making less than $200,000, with 26% of the burden falling on those making less than $75,000.
The great Rush Limbaugh is said to have quipped, “In the old days, the media is who held people accountable when they lied in politics. That isn’t happening anymore.”
With all due respect to Rush, he was only half right. When conservatives stretch the truth — and even when they don’t — the media always pounces. When those on the Left, like Biden, prevaricate, the media is like a hibernating bear.
Genevieve Wood is counselor and spokesperson for The Heritage Foundation.
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