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Remember Baghdad Bob (BB) from the 2003 Iraq War? BB was Saddam Hussein’s propaganda minister. During the war, American forces were an unstoppable tsunami that engulfed, overwhelmed, and systematically destroyed the Iraqi military. During the war, BB held daily press briefings where he completely denied the reality of the situation – that Iraq’s military was getting its butt kicked. Every day, as U.S. forces marched on Baghdad, his claims became more outlandish, almost comical. Bob’s ridiculous statements included, “American soldiers have started to commit suicide under the walls of Baghdad. We will encourage them to commit more suicides quickly.” Or “They fled. The American louts fled, one amazing thing really is the cowardice of the American soldiers. We did not anticipate this.” Even after American soldiers captured Saddam’s palace, BB said, “We have killed most of the infidels, and I think we will finish off the rest soon.” Baghdad Bob was certifiably delusional. Nothing, I mean nothing he said was true. 

 

Fast forward to 2022; Brandon (aka Joe Biden) is the reincarnation of Baghdad Bob. I know that because nothing, I mean nothing, Brandon says is true, especially on the economy. As the economy crumbles, as inflation soars, as the stock markets tank, as bond markets crater, and as gas prices reach record highs; Brandon’s ramblings become even more delusional and incoherent. Each comment is more ridiculous than the previous. Following are examples that prove my point: 

 

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, first quarter 2022, the gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 1.5%.  So, what did Baghdad Bob, sorry, Joe Biden say? Last week, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he said, “We have the fastest growing economy in the world, the world.” Hey Joe, that’s a lie, the economy is shrinking. GDP is expected to decline again in 2nd Quarter 2022, meeting the definition of a recession – two (or more) consecutive quarters of economic decline.

 

On Jan. 7, 2022, Biden bragged that “the stock market is 20% higher than it was when my predecessor (they can’t even say Trump’s name) was in office. It has hit record, after record, after record; on my watch.” Biden made that statement following the Fed’s year-long “flood the markets” with trillions of dollars, inflating prices on everything to include the stock market. Literally, as Biden was making that statement, the markets began to decline. Now, six months later, all major U.S. stock indexes are lower than they were the day Biden became president. The S&P 500 (the widest and most watched index) is officially in bear market territory, meaning it’s down over 20% from its recent, January high. News from the NASDAQ index is even worse - down 19.7% from Biden’s inauguration day, and down 33% from its November 2021 high of 16,507. After taking credit for stock market highs, does anyone think Brandon will admit or accept blame for the market crash?  

 

Then, at last week’s speech to the AFL-CIO, Biden said he’s tired of hearing about reckless spending, (Apparently, his $3+ trillion doesn’t qualify as excess.) and out of control inflation because he “put America in a positon to tackle a worldwide problem that’s worse everywhere but here – inflation.” Translation - if you think it’s bad here, shut up, it’s worse in other countries. Sorry Joe, not really. U.S. inflation is 8.6% (in May) while the Eurozone average is 8.1%, South Korea 5.4%, Australia at 5.1%, and Canada (in April ) was at 6.8%. China, Indonesia, Italy and France all have lower inflation. Same speech, Biden actually deviated from his Baghdad Bob routine and made an accurate statement. Referring to the “reckless spending”, he said, “We’re changing people’s lives.” To which Senator Hawley replied “You’re changing their lives alright – $5+ gas, no baby formula, historic inflation, historic crime wave.” Sadly, Brandon is changing lives for the worse.

 

To be fair to Brandon, ‘er Biden, there are other Baghdad Bobs or Bobbies in his administration. Karine Jean-Pierre’s (KJP) (I think she identifies as female but not sure.) is Biden’s press secretary. KJP is as delusional as Brandon. Last week, with the economy facing baby formula shortages, historic inflation, and consumer confidence at its lowest level in 70 years; Peter Doocy (Fox News) asked her why 83% of those polled disapproved of Biden’s handling of the economy. She replied, “What I’m trying to say to you is that the economy is in a better place than it has been historically.” Obviously, KJP doesn’t think we remember only 18 months ago when gas was $2/gal and inflation was 1.2% under President Trump. 

 

Not to be out-dumbed by KJP is Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy. Asked about record $5/gallon gas, she said, “If you were in Brazil, you’d be paying the same amount for gas.” In a rare case of journalism, the CNN anchor reminded her that “we’re talking about the United States.” Equally stupid was the comment made by Gina Raimondo, Commerce Secretary, who said Brandon has overseen greatest economic resurgence, “greater than any other president.” Not to discriminate by gender, Jared Bernstein, Biden’s economic advisor, when asked what Biden and his regime missed about inflation said, “I don’t think we missed much at all.” 

 

There are examples, after examples of idiotic and completely stupid comments by Brandon, by Kamala, or by any of Biden’s cabinet members on issues ranging from Putin’s war is to blame, to oil companies are to blame for gas prices, Trump is to blame for supply chain problems, or drive an electric vehicle and stop worrying about gas prices, to inflation is setting up the economy for a recovery (while telling us the economy is booming).  They simply deny what is obvious to the entire world; or in Biden’s case – even brags about it. Hey Brandon, hey Jared, inflation is the highest it’s been in over 40 years. Gas is 100% higher under your regime, we can’t find baby formula (at any price), housing prices are up, prices of new and used vehicles are through the roof, same with food prices and all other prices, and stock markets are crashing. To which Biden, and his advisors, claim they haven’t “missed much at all.”  Baghdad Bob would be very proud.

 

Final Thought – Meanwhile, the Dems (and Biden) are busy distracting you. “Move along. You little people needn’t worry about that inflation mumbo, jumbo. Instead, look at January 6th, it was the worst day in American history.” 

 

P.S. Last week, when I discussed local businesses, my apologies for not mentioning all Monroe County businesses (not enough space). The larger message is to shop and dine local. We still love The Whistle Stop Cafe, Southern Charm, and all of our mom-and-pop establishments from Juliette to Bolingbroke to Forsyth.

 

References:

• Baghdad Bob Quotes - Hilarious Iraqi Information Minister Quotes (liveabout.com)

• The Collected Quotations of Baghdad Bob The Iraqi Minister of DisInformation (cfif.org)

• US economy shrank by 1.5% in first quarter of 2022 (nypost.com)

• Wall Street is in a bear market. Here’s what that means for your money. - CBS News

• Biden: Government spending ‘changing people’s lives’ as economy sinks (nypost.com)

• ‘We Understand You Can’t Afford Food & Gas But The Economy Is Great’ - White House Equity Hire KJP [VIDEO] (redvoicemedia.com)

• U.S. Inflation Rate 1960-2022 | MacroTrends

• Biden Energy Secretary’s Message to Americans Suffering Because of High Gas Prices: Brazilians Pay the Same Amount For Gas (VIDEO) (thegatewaypundit.com)

• Commerce Sec. Raimondo: Biden Has Overseen Greatest Economic Resurgence -- ‘Greater than Any Other President’ (breitbart.com)

• Biden economic adviser says White House hasn’t ‘missed much at all’ on inflation | Fox News

• Biden tries to pin supply chain chaos on Trump as he scrambles to fix bottleneck (yahoo.com)

• Debbie Stabenow blasted for dismissing surging gas prices (nypost.com)

Sloan Oliver of Bolingbroke is a retired Army office who writes each week in the Reporter. Email him at sloanoliver@earthlink.com.