You Get What You Pay For, Including Joe Biden

 

In their later years, I grew to love my parents dearly, and appreciated the upbringing they provided for me. But as I grew older, I would have tense discussions with them regarding the home improvements they invested in. Having grown up during the depression, they were always frugal to a fault regarding the people they hired; they were barely interested in the recommendations that the contractors could provide, and were determined to get the best deal. Inevitably, the work was often shabby and poorly constructed, and then my parents would rant about the quality of the work. I would sometimes lecture them, trying to avoid saying, “I told you so,” but over the years, they couldn’t or wouldn’t change their choices.

Until they did. Eventually my mother registered the common sense I was sharing, and they started to be more demanding about the work they had done. And as they were rewarded with good work, they were delighted to tell me all about their experience. I, of course, congratulated them on their wise decisions, and from that point on, they began to enjoy the work they contracted.

I was reminded about this time in our lives, when my parents were still alive, about how they didn’t get stuck in old mindsets and opened up to new possibilities. They relied on hiring experienced contractors and started to pay attention to the outcomes. I was delighted to see them change and mature, and we could all celebrate their growth.

And then I started to think about Joe Biden.

All of the signs of his mediocrity were evident early on. He was known for plagiarizing many papers in his college years. He was in the bottom half of his graduating class. He lied about his college accomplishments. As a senator, he attacked Clarence Thomas as he was being considered for the Supreme Court, which Justice Thomas described as akin to a lynching. Biden was also behind the attacks on Robert Bork.

Biden’s personal behaviors were also called into question. He was frequently seen touching women and children:

In a March 29 essay on New York Magazine’s The Cut, Former Nevada assemblymember Lucy Flores opened the conversation around Biden’s handsy behavior—and thus his unsuitability for the job of President—by writing about a 2014 incident in which Biden, during a political event, put his hands on Flores’ shoulders, smelled her hair and slowly kissed the back of her head. In the essay, Flores said the incident made her feel embarrassed, shocked and confused. She found Biden’s behavior ‘demeaning and disrespectful,’ and spoke of the ‘power imbalance’ between Biden and the women he feels so comfortable touching.

And more recently we’ve seen his inept decision-making regarding removing our troops from Afghanistan, managing the Covid-19 vaccines, disaster at the southern border, record inflation, and other failed legislation. He also frequently told and repeated lies about his family.

Why do I bring all of this up? Because in this critical election period, the focus is on Biden’s mental deficiencies, which distracts people from his disastrous record. His refusal to step down should not be a surprise; his narcissism and self-indulgence are in the spotlight for all to see. But in some ways, Joe Biden has always signaled who he is. Like many politicians, he has a big ego and refuses to listen to the guidance of others, but to an alarming degree (unless they are progressives). We saw the signs early in his career that he was prepared to “dress up” his credentials and repeatedly lie to the American people. Some things simply don’t change

I say to the Democrats—

You get what you pay for.

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  1. navyjag Coolidge
    navyjag
    @navyjag

    No kidding Susan. To me the  most astounding thing about this numbskull is the amount of lies he keeps repeating over the decades after they have been exposed (wife killed by a drunk driver, he was a football star of U. of Delaware, great law student at Syracuse when at the bottom of the class, etc. etc.). My conclusion is he thinks we are as stupid as he is and will not figure it out.  There ought to be an RNC commercial in the fall with “How many lies?” and a count for each one.  Would contribute time to that project. 

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    navyjag (View Comment):

    No kidding Susan. To me the most astounding thing about this numbskull is the amount of lies he keeps repeating over the decades after they have been exposed (wife killed by a drunk driver, he was a football star of U. of Delaware, great law student at Syracuse when at the bottom of the class, etc. etc.). My conclusion is he thinks we are as stupid as he is and will not figure it out. There ought to be an RNC commercial in the fall with “How many lies?” and a count for each one. Would contribute time to that project.

    The Dems don’t care about any of that, navyjag. And of course the MSM made every effort not to report on the lies. They were in the press briefly, but, oh well. All they cared about was that he seemed nice enough (except when he goes into rages), is a moderate (turned radical progressive) and had a “D” next to his name. Good enough for me (they said)!

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  3. navyjag Coolidge
    navyjag
    @navyjag

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    No kidding Susan. To me the most astounding thing about this numbskull is the amount of lies he keeps repeating over the decades after they have been exposed (wife killed by a drunk driver, he was a football star of U. of Delaware, great law student at Syracuse when at the bottom of the class, etc. etc.). My conclusion is he thinks we are as stupid as he is and will not figure it out. There ought to be an RNC commercial in the fall with “How many lies?” and a count for each one. Would contribute time to that project.

    The Dems don’t care about any of that, navyjag. And of course the MSM made every effort not to report on the lies. They were in the press briefly, but, oh well. All they cared about was that he seemed nice enough (except when he goes into rages), is a moderate (turned radical progressive) and had a “D” next to his name. Good enough for me (they said)!

    True. But the independents might listen. They already think he is too old.  In addition to being a criminal, the lying might resonate with them. 

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    navyjag (View Comment):
    True. But the independents might listen. They already think he is too old.  In addition to being a criminal, the lying might resonate with them. 

    Very good point. The reports I’ve seen on independents are encouraging. Between the mental deficiency and the truth about his background and performance, I’m encouraged.

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  5. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    In 2020, four-year-old LeGend Taliferro of Kansas City was killed by gunfire that entered the apartment where he resided. Trump announced that he was sending additional federal agents to Kansas City to help deal with the crime level. This became known as Operation Legend. It was expanded to include sending agents to Chicago, Baltimore, and other cities likewise experiencing increased levels of violence.

    Operation Legend was terminated by an executive order issued by Joe Biden immediately after taking office, because Orange Man Bad. Did that action cause the shootout at the parade? No, but it certainly didn’t help either.

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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Percival (View Comment):
    Operation Legend was terminated by an executive order issued by Joe Biden immediately after taking office, because Orange Man Bad. Did that action cause the shootout at the parade? No, but it certainly didn’t help either.

    His cancelling the Executive Orders was a travesty. It was childish and political and I guess it made him a few fans.

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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    I’m also counseling Never Trumpers that if they insist on voting for Biden, a man with so little character qualities, they will have to explain themselves.

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  8. Nefarious Hip Hop Bine Moderator
    Nefarious Hip Hop Bine
    @EKentGolding

    Unfortunately,  the people bribing Joe Biden are getting what they paid for,  and a far better deal than the American people.

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Nefarious Hip Hop Bine (View Comment):

    Unfortunately, the people bribing Joe Biden are getting what they paid for, and a far better deal than the American people.

    Ah, yes, how could I forget all those generous benefactors of Joe and Hunter…

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  10. OldPhil Coolidge
    OldPhil
    @OldPhil

    But in some ways, Joe Biden has always signaled who he is.

    Throughout most of his career he lied without a care and was a bullying buffoon.

    I think now he actually believes most of the lies he told back then and makes up even more as he bumbles along. 

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  11. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    OldPhil (View Comment):

    But in some ways, Joe Biden has always signaled who he is.

    Throughout most of his career he lied without a care and was a bullying buffoon.

    I think now he actually believes most of the lies he told back then and makes up even more as he bumbles along.

    That’s probably true. But did the Dems just not care about all his flaws and lies, and figured he was still worth voting for? Is this the penalty we pay because we put up Trump instead?

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  12. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Operation Legend was terminated by an executive order issued by Joe Biden immediately after taking office, because Orange Man Bad. Did that action cause the shootout at the parade? No, but it certainly didn’t help either.

    His cancelling the Executive Orders was a travesty. It was childish and political and I guess it made him a few fans.

    Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to foul things up.

    — Barack Obama (edited to clean up Barry’s vocabulary)

    You’re the one who picked him, Barry.

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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    The Republicans’ hands are not clean on this situation, either. Did they call out Biden when he was a Senator? Did they do enough to educate the public on Biden’s ineptitude and mental downturn? Sometimes I get just a little tired of blaming the MSM and the Dems for all the bad things that happen. I think we’re learning where a pathetic group of Republicans bring us. It’s like watching a bad tennis match.

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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Now I’ll upset some people by saying this, but the Dems outsmarted and out-scammed us for the 2020 election. Yep, they did. And then I hear people listing all the things that need to be done differently. Too little, too late. I hope we’re ready this time to fight for our poll watchers, harvest ballots (legally, of course) and getting out the vote. 

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  15. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    @DaveSchmidt

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Now I’ll upset some people by saying this, but the Dems outsmarted and out-scammed us for the 2020 election. Yep, they did. And then I hear people listing all the things that need to be done differently. Too little, too late. I hope we’re ready this time to fight for our poll watchers, harvest ballots (legally, of course) and getting out the vote.

    Since my name is not in the ballot this year, I will take a personal day to work the polls.  

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  16. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    Nefarious Hip Hop Bine (View Comment):

    Unfortunately, the people bribing Joe Biden are getting what they paid for, and a far better deal than the American people.

    America’s international enemies and rivals have gotten a President who has hamstrung the military, a defeat that they did not earn on the battlefield.  

    As for America’s domestic enemies, . . .  

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  17. TBA Coolidge
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    @RobtGilsdorf

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Operation Legend was terminated by an executive order issued by Joe Biden immediately after taking office, because Orange Man Bad. Did that action cause the shootout at the parade? No, but it certainly didn’t help either.

    His cancelling the Executive Orders was a travesty. It was childish and political and I guess it made him a few fans.

    I think a lot of those fans are reconsidering. 

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  18. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    OldPhil (View Comment):

    But in some ways, Joe Biden has always signaled who he is.

    Throughout most of his career he lied without a care and was a bullying buffoon.

    I think now he actually believes most of the lies he told back then and makes up even more as he bumbles along.

    That’s probably true. But did the Dems just not care about all his flaws and lies, and figured he was still worth voting for? Is this the penalty we pay because we put up Trump instead?

    They truly believe that Trump is worse. 

    To be fair, lying politicians is the norm. 

    Déclassé politicians, though, are not to be borne.

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  19. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    TBA (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Operation Legend was terminated by an executive order issued by Joe Biden immediately after taking office, because Orange Man Bad. Did that action cause the shootout at the parade? No, but it certainly didn’t help either.

    His cancelling the Executive Orders was a travesty. It was childish and political and I guess it made him a few fans.

    I think a lot of those fans are reconsidering.

    But my experiences suggest that at least some of them – perhaps even most – believe that some other Democrat would be able to somehow make it work.

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  20. Postmodern Hoplite Coolidge
    Postmodern Hoplite
    @PostmodernHoplite

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Now I’ll upset some people by saying this, but the Dems outsmarted and out-scammed us for the 2020 election. Yep, they did. And then I hear people listing all the things that need to be done differently. Too little, too late. I hope we’re ready this time to fight for our poll watchers, harvest ballots (legally, of course) and getting out the vote.

    “Too little, too late” is too true, sadly. And I don’t see any signs that the GOP has any serious interest in fixing what went wrong in 2020. The Republican establishment prefers being in the minority; profitable, and no accountability for outcomes. 

    Biden will win in November; the Democrats control the balloting and counting. He doesn’t have to win big, just enough in the key swing districts to deliver the win. 

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  21. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Now I’ll upset some people by saying this, but the Dems outsmarted and out-scammed us for the 2020 election. Yep, they did. And then I hear people listing all the things that need to be done differently. Too little, too late. I hope we’re ready this time to fight for our poll watchers, harvest ballots (legally, of course) and getting out the vote.

    “Too little, too late” is too true, sadly. And I don’t see any signs that the GOP has any serious interest in fixing what went wrong in 2020. The Republican establishment prefers being in the minority; profitable, and no accountability for outcomes.

    Biden will win in November; the Democrats control the balloting and counting. He doesn’t have to win big, just enough in the key swing districts to deliver the win.

    I so hope you’re wrong, PH, but . . . 

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  22. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring
    @EHerring

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Now I’ll upset some people by saying this, but the Dems outsmarted and out-scammed us for the 2020 election. Yep, they did. And then I hear people listing all the things that need to be done differently. Too little, too late. I hope we’re ready this time to fight for our poll watchers, harvest ballots (legally, of course) and getting out the vote.

    “Too little, too late” is too true, sadly. And I don’t see any signs that the GOP has any serious interest in fixing what went wrong in 2020. The Republican establishment prefers being in the minority; profitable, and no accountability for outcomes.

    Biden will win in November; the Democrats control the balloting and counting. He doesn’t have to win big, just enough in the key swing districts to deliver the win.

    Nikki doesn’t seem to have any interest in the voting corruption or the use of lawfare. In fact, she only addresses these charges as a reason to vote for her. To do what? Who knows? 

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  23. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Red Herring (View Comment):

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Now I’ll upset some people by saying this, but the Dems outsmarted and out-scammed us for the 2020 election. Yep, they did. And then I hear people listing all the things that need to be done differently. Too little, too late. I hope we’re ready this time to fight for our poll watchers, harvest ballots (legally, of course) and getting out the vote.

    “Too little, too late” is too true, sadly. And I don’t see any signs that the GOP has any serious interest in fixing what went wrong in 2020. The Republican establishment prefers being in the minority; profitable, and no accountability for outcomes.

    Biden will win in November; the Democrats control the balloting and counting. He doesn’t have to win big, just enough in the key swing districts to deliver the win.

    Nikki doesn’t seem to have any interest in the voting corruption or the use of lawfare. In fact, she only addresses these charges as a reason to vote for her. To do what? Who knows?

    So it’s like “Vote Harder, but only for ME!”

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  24. Postmodern Hoplite Coolidge
    Postmodern Hoplite
    @PostmodernHoplite

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Now I’ll upset some people by saying this, but the Dems outsmarted and out-scammed us for the 2020 election. Yep, they did. And then I hear people listing all the things that need to be done differently. Too little, too late. I hope we’re ready this time to fight for our poll watchers, harvest ballots (legally, of course) and getting out the vote.

    “Too little, too late” is too true, sadly. And I don’t see any signs that the GOP has any serious interest in fixing what went wrong in 2020. The Republican establishment prefers being in the minority; profitable, and no accountability for outcomes.

    Biden will win in November; the Democrats control the balloting and counting. He doesn’t have to win big, just enough in the key swing districts to deliver the win.

    I so hope you’re wrong, PH, but . . .

    I hope I’m wrong, too. 

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  25. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring
    @EHerring

    When I did early voting today, they had a sign that said voting more than once is a felony. They also added tablets in addition to paper list. I had to sign on the tablet certifying I was legally able to vote and that I hadn’t voted already. we also had to show IDs. I don’t think signatures scribble with your finger on a tablet is the best. Maybe it was because we voted early and the voting office had all county precincts. Good crowd. Lines moved efficiently. 

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  26. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Red Herring (View Comment):

    When I did early voting today, they had a sign that said voting more than once is a felony. They also added tablets in addition to paper list. I had to sign on the tablet certifying I was legally able to vote and that I hadn’t voted already. we also had to show IDs. I don’t think signatures scribble with your finger on a tablet is the best. Maybe it was because we voted early and the voting office had all county precincts. Good crowd. Lines moved efficiently.

    The signs are meaningless if they’re not actively checking, and most places don’t.

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  27. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring
    @EHerring

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Red Herring (View Comment):

    When I did early voting today, they had a sign that said voting more than once is a felony. They also added tablets in addition to paper list. I had to sign on the tablet certifying I was legally able to vote and that I hadn’t voted already. we also had to show IDs. I don’t think signatures scribble with your finger on a tablet is the best. Maybe it was because we voted early and the voting office had all county precincts. Good crowd. Lines moved efficiently.

    The signs are meaningless if they’re not actively checking, and most places don’t.

    SC would prosecute. Alan Wilson is AG. He fought and won in court to require IDs. 

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