Prussian Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke once wisely pointed out, “No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy’s main strength.” This utterance has evolved over the years into the popular quote, “No plan survives contact with the enemy.”
As President Joe Biden creeps closer to concluding his first year in office, one couldn’t be blamed for wondering what exactly the chief executive’s plans are when it comes to handling the myriad of crises his administration faces. After a series of issues that the White House has yet to adequately address, some might question whether this administration has sought to develop new strategies since the originals failed to produce positive results.
Kamala Harris Talks Migrant Crisis
For starters, we have the migrant crisis at the southern border. Vice President Kamala Harris, who was tapped as border czar earlier this year, is now in Europe, expected to meet with such key leaders as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Harris will be discussing, among other topics, the continent’s migrant crisis.
However, there is more than a slight level of irony in this matter: Harris will be discussing the European migrant crisis despite failing miserably at dealing with Biden’s similar disaster at America’s southern border. Indeed, it took her months after being given the czar role before she even deigned to visit the border to witness the conditions for herself.
Harris was placed in this particular post ostensibly to address the “root causes” that motivate so many migrants to swarm the southern border. But, so far, she has not offered much in the way of solutions after visiting with leaders in Guatemala and Mexico. In fact, the administration has not bothered to reconsider its decision to reverse most of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which were instrumental in stemming the flood of illegal immigrants sneaking over the border. At this point, sending Harris to advise Europe on dealing with a migrant situation is like sending Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to deliver a lecture on free markets.
Inflation: No End in Sight
The nation’s economic woes have continued to worsen as the supply chain crisis persists and Americans are dealing with a deleterious inflation problem. Americans are already growing weary of threadbare shelves in grocery stores, not happy about the idea they may need to refinance their home just to buy a few steaks at the supermarket.
However, in its usual tone-deaf manner, Biden’s White House has downplayed the severity of the problem. Last month, Press Secretary Jen Psaki referred to these concerns as “the tragedy of the treadmill that’s delayed,” as if these matters affect only those buying luxury goods. Liberty Nation’s Andrew Moran pointed out:
“This is not the first time that the White House has been flippant about the plethora of economic challenges affecting millions of Americans. In September, Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council (NEC), presented the compelling case that if you do not count goods and services contributing to rising inflation, it would not be high.”
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain also got into the “let’s pretend the economics ain’t all that bad” game when he retweeted a post suggesting that inflation and supply chain issues “are high-class problems.”
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg predicted that the supply chain issue would likely continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, he said, “[T]here are definitely going to continue to be issues, especially as long as the pandemic continues.”
Buttigieg also has come under fire for announcing the administration’s intention to fix racial problems in America’s infrastructure. While he was laughed at for seeming to be concerned about “racist bridges,” his statements were accurate – under Jim Crow, and even after, many structures were built in a way to promote segregation and to make it more difficult for minorities to access certain areas.
Deborah Archer, professor at the New York University School of Law, told NPR that “highways were being built just as courts around the country were striking down traditional tools of racial segregation,” and that “courts were striking down the use of racial zoning to keep Black people in certain communities and white people in other communities.”
However, the fact that the administration seems less concerned with ensuring Americans get the items they need than with virtue signaling about racism is bound to ruffle more than a few feathers. Indeed, at this point, it appears the president’s strategy to address inflation and the supply chain crisis consists of placing his fingers in each year and yelling, “lalalalala I can’t hear you!”
Biden Increasing Gas Prices?
The nation is experiencing a dire situation when it comes to energy. Americans are hit hard in their wallets every time they go to fill up at the pump. Getting from point A to point B is increasingly expensive, and there appears to be no end in sight. You can probably imagine the criticism directed at the White House when reports surfaced that the administration is considering shutting down an Enbridge oil pipeline in Michigan.
During an interview with CNN, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Biden’s energy secretary, predicted that heating prices will rise this winter regardless of what the administration decides on the pipeline. “Yeah, this is going to happen. It will be more expensive this year than last year,” she said.
Fox News explained that “the administration has yet to decide on what to do with Line 5” and officials were “gathering information” to get a clearer understanding of the issue. The report explained:
“Line 5 is part of a network that moves crude oil and other petroleum products from western Canada, transporting about 540,000 barrels per day. Petroleum is taken from the pipeline in Escanaba, Michigan.”
Jason Hayes, the director of environmental policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, slammed the Biden administration. He told Fox News that its stance on Line 5 is “just one more example of being divorced from reality” and that it is “planning to power an industrial nation like the United States on solar panels and wind turbines.”
Hayes explained that these types of energy sources require “oil, natural gas, nuclear, and even coal” to be produced. He indicated this could result in a situation similar to what happened in Texas in February when the state experienced a harsh winter freeze that knocked out power for millions of Texans. So far, the Biden administration’s plan to deal with America’s energy woes seems to be to make the situation worse by cutting off the Line 5 pipeline.
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.