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As sad as the obvious truth included is regarding the truly pathetic state of our Beltway Behemoth (and thus our nation as a whole), this passage from VDH earlier this month is too perfect not to reuse again and again:
Cabinet secretaries ignore their duties—somewhat understandable given their resumes never explained their appointments. What binds a Pete Buttigieg, Alejandro Mayorkas, and Jennifer Granholm is not expertise in transportation, border security, or energy independence but allegiance to an entire menu of woke policies that are often antithetical to their own job descriptions.
When I went searching for that just now, I came across this slightly older piece from the same eminent mind:
As the nation sinks inexplicably into self-created crisis after crisis, debate rages whether President Joe Biden is incompetent, mean-spirited, or an ideologue who feels the country’s mess is his success.
A second national discussion revolves around who actually is overseeing the current national catastrophe, given Biden’s frequent bewilderment and cognitive challenges.
But one area of agreement is the sheer craziness of Biden’s cabinet appointments, who have translated his incoherent ideology into catastrophic governance.
The common denominator to these Biden appointees is ideological rigidity, nonchalance, and sheer incompetence.
They seem indifferent to the current border, inflation, energy, and crime disasters. When confronted, they are unable to answer simple questions from Congress, or they mock anyone asking for answers on behalf of the strapped American people.
We don’t know why or how such an unimpressive cadre ended up running the government, only that they are here and the American people are suffering from their presence.
I serve up all of that as a contextual backdrop for a rather pathetic article that appeared on Yahoo! Finance this week. I know, not the journalistic powerhouse of a CNN, NYT, or MSNBC but these things are all part of the forced narrative delivery system. This one is notable for just how shallow the script was and how sophomoric the delivery. Everyone involved, if there was an ounce of self-respect between them, should be embarrassed into permanent hiding:
As part of a range of actions this week on gas prices, the Biden administration has summoned the heads of seven top oil refining companies to Washington after a week of tense back-and-forth with industry leaders.
The CEOs will meet with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm after the president blasted their high profits as “not acceptable” in a recent letter to the companies. In one response, Chevron (CVX) pushed back by saying that Washington’s approach was actually the culprit for high prices.
Nevertheless, President Joe Biden’s aides say they hope for a constructive conversation.
“Let’s put every idea on the table so this is not the president just scolding,” White House senior adviser Gene Sperling told Yahoo Finance Live on Wednesday.
Everyone willing to live within the truth has likely seen the “high profits” lie put down two weeks ago but the strong man scolding them from behind his podium (and through his unqualified, unimpressive cabinet) narrative must be pushed anyway.
“We are going into this to have an earnest conversation … Let’s see how that conversation goes,” Granholm said in a press briefing in response to a question about how she will respond if the refiners “don’t play ball.” She is not ruling out out use of the Defense Production Act to force oil companies to ramp up supply, which could ultimately push prices down.
Did I say unqualified and unimpressive?
[Sperling] stressed, “I don’t think that people should be offended because the president is standing up for consumers who are being squeezed at the gas pump.”
Aside from the fact that it has been clearly understood here, there, and everywhere that sky-high gas prices were the plan from the very first hours of the Biden administration, the fact that Granholm and Sperling faithfully play their parts in this laughably shallow production and some aspiring nobody named Ben Werschkul dutifully transcribes the fiction for all three Yahoo! Finance readers confirms much about the (direct and indirect) characters involved in this four-year experiment in sophomoric Oval Office theater. God help us.
Only 940 looonnnnggg days left in the constitutionally mandated Biden-Harris administration. May America get every one of those to the fullest…and emerge on the other side certainly bruised and battered but also wiser.
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