Special Opinion by Paul Plante
I was thinking of calling this thread “fact-checking” Joe Biden based on his Full transcript from President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress on 28 April 2021, but as I read through that document, it came to me that based some of the bizarre statements in there, Joe Biden is in fact a real piece of work, and we are stuck with him in the White House now, God help the nation, which raises the question of who in their right mind would want as the nation’s chief executive somebody who is clearly not all there?
Case in point is this following from that Transcript, to wit:
Talk to most responsible gun owners, most hunters – they’ll tell you there’s no possible justification for having 100 rounds – 100 bullets – in a weapon.
Yes, people, Joe Biden actually said those very words, and all the responsible gun owners and hunters I know would come back to goofy old Joe and ask him how he is sticking 100 bullets into a magazine that only holds 20, or maybe 30?
Or 6 if you are talking about a Model 94 Winchester.
So let’s chalk that up as a stupid, ridiculous statement.
And since we are now two months further along since Joe made that speech to the Democrats in Congress, let’s start at the beginning, where we have Joe saying to the candid world as follows:
And today, that’s what we’re doing: America is rising anew.
Choosing hope over fear.
Truth over lies.
Light over darkness.
After 100 Days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for takeoff.
Truth over lies?
Light over darkness?
America is ready for “takeoff?”
And are we going on one of Richard Brasnson’s rockets?
Or one from Elon Musk?
And while we are on that subject, let’s go back to the Transcript, where we have Joe saying as follows:
We’re making one of the largest one-time investments ever in improving health care for veterans.
Which has me laughing right out loud in mocking tones because on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, our goofy old Joe closed down the VA Clinic where I was to get my healthcare, leaving me out in the cold, because he wanted to save the rent so he can pay for his beloved illegals he has swarming the southern border.
So much for truth over lies, and light over darkness.
Going back to the Transcript, we have Joe talking about his infrastructure plan, as follows:
I’ve made clear that we can do it without increasing deficits.
Let’s start with what I will not do.
I will not impose any tax increases on people making less than $400,000 a year.
Said as our Joe jacks the nation’s massive deficit even higher, and imposes a tax on people making less than $400,000 through price inflation, which is indeed a tax on those making less than $400,000, along with his tariff on lumber, which is yet another tax that impacts directly on those making less than $400,000, as we see by going to an article from The (Raleigh) News & Observer entitled “Lumber prices still sky-high amid COVID-19 shortage. What’s being done to get costs down?” by Bailey Aldridge on June 6, 2021, where we have as follows, to wit:
RALEIGH — Lumber prices have continued surging in response to supply shortages spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lumber scarcity matched with increased demand during the pandemic drove costs sky-high, which in turn has increased construction and housing costs and left government officials and those within the industry grappling with how to rebound supply and bring costs down.
Between April 2020 and April 2021, the National Association of Home Builders said the “price per thousand board feet” increased by nearly 250% — from $350 to $1,200.
Prices then soared past $1,400 in early May and have continued increasing since.
The high lumber costs have increased the price of a single-family home by about $36,000, the NAHB says.
That’s priced “millions of middle-class households out of the market at a level they previously could afford.”
Which takes us back to the Transcript, where we have Joe making the following statement, to wit:
It’s time to grow the economy from the bottom up and middle-out.
Bottom up and middle out?
Is that the same as saying that high lumber costs have increased the price of a single-family home by about $36,000, pricing “millions of middle-class households out of the market at a level they previously could afford?”
As in middle class being forced out of the housing market?
Is that what “middle out,” really means, as in “middle class” forced out of the game?
Going back to that story, we have:
It’s also added nearly $13,000 to the cost of an “average new multifamily” home — meaning rent for a new apartment has gone up by about $119 each month.
How does that square with no tax increases on people making less than $400,000 a year?
Going back to the story, we have:
What’s being done to bring lumber prices down?
The NAHB said it has called for “prompt action” from President Joe Biden’s administration and other officials and in late May discussed the soaring lumber prices with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
For those who don’t know her, which is likely just about all of is, Gina Marie Raimondo, (born May 17, 1971), is an American politician and venture capitalist serving since 2021 as the 40th and current United States Secretary of Commerce.
A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the 75th and first female Governor of Rhode Island from 2015 to 2021.
Raimondo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in economics from Harvard College in 1993, where she served on the staff of The Harvard Crimson, and then she attended New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where she received a Master of Arts (MA) degree and Doctor of Philosophy in 2002 in sociology, with her thesis being on single motherhood, and Raimondo received her Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1998.
Following her graduation from Yale Law School, Raimondo acted as senior vice president for fund development at the Manhattan offices of Village Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and backed by Bain Capital and Highland Capital Groups, and she returned to Rhode Island in 2000 to co-found the state’s first venture capital firm, Point Judith Capital, with Point Judith subsequently relocating its offices to Boston, Massachusetts.
At Point Judith, Raimondo served as a general partner covering health care investments; she retains some executive duties with the firm.
Between assuming office and the end of 2019, Raimondo consistently ranked towards the bottom of approval ratings for all governors in the United States, which is quite likely why goofy old old Joe picker her, as she would be no political threat to him by being too popular.
As to her competence, we have thusly:
A widely-criticized rollout of a new computer network system for the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services dubbed the “Unified Health Infrastructure Project” (UHIP) in September 2016 saw scores of people without access to government programs such as food stamps and child care due to glitches in the software, designed by Deloitte.
This computer crash created a backlog of more than 20,000 cases.
In March 2017, Rhode Island Monthly reported that the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into UHIP, specifically false claims and statements made about the Health and Human Services computer network rollout.
The investigation was still underway as of summer 2017.
In an interview, House Oversight Chair Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-West Warwick) said, “There’s plenty of blame to go around.”
“The auditor’s report found that [the contract with Deloitte] was poorly written, poorly overseen and poorly executed.”
“They were warned against the implementation because the system was not ready.”
“Not only did they implement it, they displaced all of the most senior workers with the wealth of experience.”
“We pulled all the plugs to make sure this was a failure.”
According to documents submitted to the federal government, the cost estimate for UHIP through 2021 is $656 million.
State taxpayers will pay $154 million of this amount while the federal government will pay the remainder.
In January 2020, State Senator Sam Bell said a Rhode Island Senate Fiscal Report on Raimondo’s budget proved that “a single UHIP update kicked 5,500 Rhode Islanders off their Medicaid” in November 2019 without due process and the decisions were based on a computer update.
Bell went on: “Medicaid terminations need to be done with some due process.”
“They should not come from a notoriously glitchy computer system.”
“You should have a chance to fight the decision to rip away your health insurance.”
“When you lose your Medicaid with no warning and no effort to transition you onto the exchange, the consequences can be deadly.”
Obviously, Joe Biden found a way to avoid looking at any of that incompetence when he selected her to be his commerce secretary, which raises the question of why?
Which takes us back to the (Raleigh) News & Observer story, to wit:
NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke said in a news release that Raimondo acknowledged she and Biden are concerned about the effect of high lumber prices on the country’s economy.
“We take these issues seriously, and my staff and I are committed to continuing to work with all stakeholders, including reviewing relevant data and conducting analysis to identify targeted actions the government or industry can take to address supply chain constraints,” Raimondo said, according to the NAHB.
Just a bunch of hobble-gobble and political BULL****.
And there for the moment I will rest.