President Biden’s weak leadership is creating crises at home and abroad

Fewer than nine months into his term, President Joe Biden has created economic, border, and national security crises that have undermined America’s strength at home and abroad.

First, there is the economic crisis. Inflation is rising across the board, forcing people to pay more for everything from gas to groceries.

This problem is driven by staffing shortages worsened by Democratic policies that incentivize eligible workers to stay out of the workforce.

Today, there are over 10 million jobs available — more than enough to hire every unemployed American.

Despite this fact, fewer than 200,000 positions were filled in September, leaving 8 million out of work.

At the same time, Washington Democrats are attempting to worsen the economic crisis by ramming through trillions of dollars in outrageous, big government spending for socialist priorities such as the Green New Deal, allowing the IRS to create a new surveillance program of any bank account with more than $600, expanding government control of healthcare, and promoting amnesty for 8 million illegal aliens.

Biden and Democrats in Congress have falsely stated that their $5 trillion spending plan costs “zero dollars” — math that only makes sense to career politicians who have spent too much time in Washington. In fact, numerous fact-checkers and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office have debunked this claim. The Democrats’ plan would raise $2.1 trillion in taxes from working families and small businesses.

Meanwhile, our southern border is under siege.

In August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended more than 200,000 people who were attempting to enter our country illegally, bringing the total number of illegal crossings this year to 1.2 million with an unknown amount released into America’s interior.

Last month, thousands of Haitians huddled together in squalid conditions underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. While the camp has since been cleared, the New York Post reports 60,000 additional Haitians are on their way to the southern border.

Illegal border crossings have plagued the United States for decades.

Why, then, are current apprehension rates higher than they’ve been in over 20 years? This is due to incentives put in place by the Biden administration. Immediately after being sworn in, Biden scrapped Trump-era border policies that were effective in addressing the flow of illegal aliens.

During his first week in office, Biden stopped building the wall and unlawfully ended the Migrant Protection Protocols program, which required migrants to “remain in Mexico” while awaiting their asylum cases to be heard.

With these actions, the president signaled to the world that our borders are open, tacitly encouraging the illegal border crossings that are overwhelming our law enforcement.

Abroad, the president’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan has given way to an empowered Taliban that poses a significant risk to our national security. The threat of a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan being used as a launching pad for global terrorism is real and one that the White House has thus far failed to mitigate.

In response to the horrific bombings at the Kabul airport that killed 13 American service members, Biden launched a retaliatory drone strike that struck a civilian vehicle and killed seven innocent children.

Not only did the Biden administration initially say the strike was successful (and was later forced to backtrack), but it ultimately failed to hold the terrorists who murdered our troops accountable. Instead, Biden handed the Taliban billions of dollars in U.S.-funded weapons and equipment, then refused to pressure the U.N. into rejecting the Taliban as Afghanistan’s legitimate government.

What’s worse is that an unknown number of American citizens remain behind enemy lines in Afghanistan while Biden willfully turns a blind eye.

The crises created by the Biden administration have serious consequences for America and our allies.

The Chinese Communist Party is using the U.S.’s abandonment of our Afghan allies as a pretext for aggressive military action. President Xi Jinping recently mobilized a squadron of fighter jets to the southern region of Taiwan to simulate an attack, confident that the Afghanistan pullout is evidence that America will not come to Taiwan’s aid.

Even our longtime ally, France, recently recalled its ambassador to the U.S. for the first time in history after multilateral defense negotiations sparked a “crisis of trust” in our foreign policy.

Our adversaries are getting stronger, our allies are losing faith in the U.S., and both our prosperity and national sovereignty are under attack. The damage brought on by Biden’s ineptness is self-evident.

It did not have to be this way. President Donald Trump’s policies brought us peace abroad and prosperity at home.

All Biden needed to do was continue Trump’s agenda. Instead, his failed leadership and determination to reverse Trump’s successes have undermined our economic recovery, worsened the surge of illegal border crossings, and created a foreign policy disaster that has lasting national security implications.

To reclaim our prosperity, the U.S. must put America’s interests first and pursue economic solutions that will allow future generations to succeed by reining in wasteful federal spending and allowing taxpayers to keep and invest more of their own money.

Furthermore, we must assert our strength on the world stage and make it clear that the U.S. will defend our interests and allies without hesitation or exception.

America is the most powerful nation on Earth.

It’s time the Biden administration starts acting like it.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller represents the 12th Congressional District in northcentral and central Pennsylvania.


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