White House testimony: Biden gets his tax-and-spending deal


This week’s White House testimony notes that President Joe Biden has come through a week that finally gave him a version of his tax and spending deal watered down to less than $1 trillion.

Biden flew back to Washington from a vacation in South Carolina to sign the bill and hand out pens to supporters, including longtime Thorn Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. He then went to Delaware.

With the signing of the bill, pro-Biden coverage and ongoing troubles for former President Donald Trump, the president’s long-slumping approval polls surfaced, with one pollster suggesting it could soon be close to 50% again.

The Democratic pollster John Zogby referred to the postponing of the President’s election and the problems that the Republicans have when rating B-Plus. Conservative analyst Jed Babbin cited the anniversary of last year’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the president’s ongoing efforts to revive former President Barack Obama’s controversial Iran deal.

John Zogby
Class B+

Sometimes it’s good news to talk more about each other. Biden averaged 42% approval in polls last week. Not good, but better than the 38% average about two weeks ago.

The fuss is about easing inflation as gas prices stabilize below $4 a gallon – much better than the fuss about more inflation, a recession around the corner, stagflation, etc. Perhaps the best news for Biden this week was that The National Republican Senate Committee has thrown in the towel at key races like those in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Arizona, where their candidates are lagging behind. Hit for the move, they changed direction on Friday to pour in $2.2 million. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke about the below-average number of candidates in some GOP races.

The term “Trump-fatigue” has slipped into the lexicon of new idioms. Traditionally, August has been cruel to Democratic presidents and candidates, but not so far to the incumbent. Democrats seem to be getting over the talk of Biden while Republicans can’t get the orange-headed monkey off their backs.

Jed Babbin
Class D

So last week, Biden said inflation was zero in July, which (as anyone who bought groceries, clothes, or just about anything else could tell you) was an outright lie. This week, Biden signed Manchin’s Inflation Reduction Act, which will raise inflation rather than lower it through another round of roughly $750 billion in government spending. You can probably see a consistent theme in there somewhere.

Biden did a good thing this week by deciding not to release about $7 billion in frozen funds to Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan. As luck would have it, a Defense Department inspector general happened to confirm that the amount of arms and equipment left to the Taliban in Biden’s pullout debacle last August totaled around $7 billion. The only group that Joe has “better rebuilt” is the Taliban.

Biden continued to plead with Iran to sign a new version of the nuclear arms deal with Obama, which Trump canceled in 2018. He did so despite the Justice Department charging a man who appeared to be under orders of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps with the assassination of former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton. The ayatollahs have also threatened “revenge” against Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the 2021 drone strike that killed their chief terrorist, General Qassem Soleimani. What must the Iranians do to get Biden to pull out of the negotiations?

This week’s grade probably should have been an F again, but just for a change, let’s give the grade D minus.

John Zogby is Founder of the Zogby Survey and Senior Partner at John Zogby Strategies. You can listen to his weekly podcast with son and partner Jeremy Zogby here. Follow him on Twitter @ZogbyStrategies

Jed Babbin is a Washington Examiner Associate and former Deputy Secretary of Defense in the administration of former President George HW Bush. Follow him on Twitter @jedbabbin


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