(RightWing.org) – It’s a fair question to ask: what did the Obama/Biden administration accomplish, and how would a potential Biden administration be any different? On any measurable basis, Barack Obama’s administration was inept at foreign policy and the economic recovery following the 2007-2008 crash. Yet, many of the same people involved in the senior level of government from 2009-2016 are hoping to serve under Joe Biden if he were to sit in the White House.
Under the leadership of Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry, the Middle East descended into chaos. In 2009, Obama came into office promising to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, with Vice President Biden’s advice, whom Obama brought in to help with foreign affairs, the two countries fell into despair as he tried to remove troops too quickly. By Obama’s second term, he had to add troops, not remove them as promised.
Under the leadership of Obama, Biden, and Kerry, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took hold in the region. ISIS was one of the most brutal terror movements in modern history. The group wasn’t eradicated until President Donald Trump used military forces to end the group’s reign of terror from the region once and for all. Let’s not forget the billions of dollars in cash that Kerry ensured was delivered secretly on a plane to Iran.
Obama, Biden, and Kerry changed foreign policy. Instead of fighting fascism, communism, launching great organizations like the Peace Corps, or ending the Cold War, the dynamic trio downplayed America’s strengths and greatness and capitulated to bad actors in China and Russia.
Now, Biden is bringing Kerry back to serve in his hypothetical administration.
Obama put Biden in charge of the economic recovery in 2009. It was the slowest recovery since World War II. The Obama/Biden administration also experienced the slowest economic growth at 2.1% annually since 1949. Additionally, wage growth was lower than the 18 to 59.2% Americans experienced during economic expansions post World War II.
To cap it off, in September 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate was 5% and that the labor force participation rate was an abysmal 62.9%. CNBC reported that 95 million eligible Americans were not participating in the workforce. The labor workforce participation rate is not included in unemployment as they don’t receive unemployment benefits. The reasons vary from unemployment benefits expiring, some taking low-paying jobs that don’t meet their needs, or others giving up finding work.
More of the Same
As Biden seeks to appoint many of the same actors from the Obama administration, it’s likely to be more of the same. Once again, America faces challenges with China, and the economy is on the verge of disaster thanks to COVID-19. On November 24, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted that Biden’s picks have great education backgrounds, resumes, and demeanors. He said they “will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline.”
If Biden wins the presidency, it seems America may be in for four more years of ineptness.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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