Five Promises President Joe Biden Has Broken As President

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In less than a month, Joe Biden will have been president of the United States for three years.

It has been a long presidency of resounding failure.

Biden has a 39 percent approval rating, while 55.6 percent of Americans disapprove of him, according to FiveThirtyEight.

It’s easy to see why the American people disapprove of Biden. He has failed to deliver on the agenda he promised the American people.

Here are five examples of Biden breaking his promises. 

 

1. Responsible Afghan Withdrawal

President Joe Biden promised the United States would withdraw its military presence from Afghanistan responsibly – and that it wouldn’t rush the process.

“We will not conduct a hasty rush to the exit,” Biden said on April 14, 2021, according to the White House. “We’ll do it — we’ll do it responsibly, deliberately, and safely. And we will do it in full coordination with our allies and partners, who now have more forces in Afghanistan than we do.”

Yet, the Biden administration set an arbitrary withdrawal date of September 11, 2021, because it was the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

The hastened withdrawal was a disaster; 13 American troops died during it, many were injured, the United States left billions worth of military equipment behind, and the Taliban overtook the country less than a month after the United States left. 

The best word to describe that effort:  disaster.

 

2. $2,000 Stimulus Checks

Remember when the federal government sent you a $2,000 stimulus check in 2021? 

Of course not because that never happened.

However, Biden promised that if Democrats won a U.S. Senate majority, he would sign $2,000 stimulus checks into law.

He did so in a January 4, 2021 speech in Georgia on behalf of the two Democratic senators who won the January 5 election:  Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

“If you send Jon and the reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door, restoring hope and decency and honor for so many people who are struggling right now,” Biden said in a speech posted on his Twitter account. “If you send Senators Perdue and Loeffler back to Washington, those checks will never get there. It’s just that simple. The power is literally in your hands.”

Then, six days later, when the Georgia election results were official, Biden doubled down on his commitment to $2,000 stimulus checks. 

In an X post that got more than one million likes, Biden wrote, “$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table. We need $2,000 stimulus checks.”

It was a reference to the second round of $600 stimulus checks that Congress approved in late December 2020, despite former President Donald Trump wanting to give people $2,000 checks

However, those $2,000 checks never came.

On January 14, 2021, Biden reversed course when he announced the pork-laden $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. He said, “Our rescue plan also includes immediate relief to Americans hardest hit and most in need. We will finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it the most. The $600 already appropriated is simply not enough.”

And the official X account of the Democratic Party doubled down on Biden’s $1,400 remark, writing, “. @POTUS will build on the $600 down payment provided by Congress last year, sending an additional $1,400 to households across America, totaling direct payments to $2,000 per person.”

That said, Biden misled the American people by $600.

 

3. No Tax Increases Under $400k

 During his run for president, Biden said he wouldn’t raise taxes on Americans making less than  $400,000.

“Nobody making under 400,000 bucks would have their taxes raised, period, bingo,” Biden told CNN’s “Squawk Box” on May 22, 2020.

It turns out that was a lie.

For starters, Biden has raised tariffs as president — an import tax paid by consumers. This included slapping a 35 percent tariff on $2.3 billion worth of Russian goods in June 2022. 

The Biden administration is also looking at increasing the country’s tariff (currently 25 percent) on electric vehicles made in China — because if you want people to drive electric cars, limiting their production is a great idea.

Not to mention, Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act provided the Internal Revenue Service with enough funding to hire about 87,000 new employees over the next 10 years. That will give the IRS more manpower to conduct audits, something it does disproportionately against low-income Americans.

 

4. Command Vladimir Putin’s Respect

One pitch Biden made to the voters is that he would command respect from world leaders, including the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

“Look, one of the reasons I’m running is because of my age and my experience,” Biden said in an October 15, 2019, Democratic primary debate. “With it comes wisdom. We need someone to take office this time around who on day one can stand on the world stage, command the respect of world leaders, from Putin to our allies, and know exactly what has to be done to get this country back on track.”

Additionally, Biden said in a written statement via his campaign on August 24, 2020:  “I will make it clear to the Kremlin that it must end its aggression toward and occupation of Ukraine.”

Given that Russia has waged war in Ukraine, it is clear that Biden has not commanded Putin’s respect. Russia has continued its expansionist ways, just as it did by invading Georgia when George W. Bush was in the White House and Crimea when Barack Obama was in office.

Notice Russia didn’t invade any countries in the four years when Donald Trump was president. 

 

5. The Fight For 15

Remember when Biden was a presidential candidate and he said he would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour?

His administration posted on then-Twitter on September 7, 2020 that Biden would do so.“It’s not enough to just thank our essential workers — we need to pay them,” Biden wrote. “As president, I’ll: – Raise the minimum wage to $15 – End the tipped minimum wage – End the sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities – Ensure everyone has strong benefits”

It’s now December 2023 and the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, just as it has been since 2009, despite Democrats controlling the White House for all but four of those years.

Under Biden, the U.S. dollar has lostmore than 16 percent of its purchasing power, meaning the federal minimum wage is worth that much less than when Biden took office.

Regardless of what you think about minimum wage law, here’s the main point:  Biden made a promise to lower-income voters – and he gave them the opposite of what he promised.

 

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