The Biden Boom is Real

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I went down to the local Fred Meyer grocery store the other day to do a little shopping for the night’s dinner. I was finding everything I needed, until — the garlic bread. Oh my God, I couldn’t believe it. Not one box of frozen garlic bread was anywhere in sight. Damn you, President Biden, I knew I shouldn’t have voted for you!

Thus, I experienced what the media told me I was supposed to be experiencing for the past several months. My heart was set on my New York Garlic Toast, but I was forced to go without — because of Joe Biden’s policies. Luckily I survived the mental and physical letdown and still was able to have a nice pasta dinner.

To listen to our media, when it’s not telling us how awful the COVID-19 pandemic is getting again, they continue to pound the inflation and supply-chain issue that, to be fair, is occurring. But it’s not as bad as they make it out to be.

As we speak, America is currently experiencing the Biden Boom, an economic performance not seen in close to 50 years. But America isn’t buying it. The electorate is pissed, fueled by consistently negative media narratives eager to exploit our fears and skepticism.

Of course, the pandemic is part of that anger, and it should be. We are nearly two years in, and we have not solved this virus, nor has the rest of the world. The surge now is unprecedented since it all began. According to retiring NIH Director Francis Collins, we could soon be up to 1 million cases a day.

That number, to be clear, is most unsettling, and we should all be concerned. But we’re certainly much better off now than where we were one year ago. Nearly 62% of Americans are fully vaccinated, various treatments have become available, and as of now, we do not see a massive spike in hospitalizations.

And let’s remember, while the current omicron variant is astoundingly transmissible, the millions who have done the right thing by getting the shots are not ending up in hospitals or dying. Again, it’s the ones who have not received the jab who are allowing this virus to fester, continually mutating and wreaking havoc across the globe.

Thanks, unvaccinated Americans — for nothing!

Amid all of the doom and gloom, however, there’s a lot of good news on the economic front, and the numbers do not lie. Unfortunately, many Americans are refusing to acknowledge these facts. It might be because the media, and not just the usual right-wing suspects like Fox News, had been telling us that the Christmas season this year would be a disaster. Maybe little Johnnie wasn’t going to get his toys — all because of that Biden guy.

But that’s not what happened. According to Mastercard Investor News, holiday retail sales excluding automotive increased 8.5% year over year this holiday season. In addition, online sales grew 11.0% compared to the same period last year. Apparel, department stores, electronics, and jewelry all saw substantial gains.

But surely Americans didn’t receive these gifts in time for Christmas, right? Wrong. According to ShipMatrix, FedEx, UPS, and USPS, all achieved delivery performances on par or even better than previous years. They all planned accordingly and did what they usually do at this time of year — despite the doom and gloom predicted from Republican politicians and their pals in the mainstream media.

Who can forget the ridiculous question to Jen Psaki from CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe at one of her daily press briefings several weeks back:

“Based on everything announced today, can the administration guarantee that packages arrive on time?” We have our answer: People got their stuff. Strangely, though, I do not see any mass capitulation by anyone so far, but that shouldn’t surprise us. The bad news is good news for the media. Good news equals fewer clicks and lower ratings.

By the way, the economy under Biden is receiving high praise from a few publications at least. According to a piece in Bloomberg Opinion, Matthew Winkler wrote the following:

U.S. financial markets are outperforming the world by the most significant margin in the 21st century, and with good reason: America’s economy improved more in Joe Biden’s first 12 months than any president during the past 50 years, notwithstanding the contrary media narrative contributing to dour public opinion.

You don’t say. Maybe if more outlets begin telling the story a little more on their front pages, the American people might start to change their tune. However, and we can be sure about this, most Republicans in America wouldn’t believe any of it. Polls overwhelmingly show they judge Biden’s economy as being fair/poor. In April 2020, when Trump was president, they were nearly evenly split on whether the economy was in excellent or good condition or fair or poor.

I suppose when the number one slogan for Republicans these days is the derogatory “Let’s go, Brandon,” the current president could cure cancer and still be hated by most of them. So, we can judge their opinions on how the economy is going with a high dose of skepticism.

We have a lot of challenges ahead. The pandemic in the coming weeks could derail much of the good economic news or at least put a damper on it. We still don’t know how fast it will blow through the country. Hopefully, it will do as it has in South Africa and other countries who’ve already experienced omicron: sweep through quickly without a massive surge in hospitalizations or death. If that happens, hopefully, the economic damage will be minimal.

But as we speak, America’s economy is surging, unemployment is dropping, and people are spending money. Some in the media will report it as such; others will not. It always seemed that the previous president got the benefit of the doubt when it came to the economy. Or maybe it was because he knew how to use the mega-bullhorn a lot better than our current president — regardless of whether it was true or not.

The no-drama-Biden administration doesn’t garner the same attention from our media that the previous guy did. Perhaps they don’t like him because he doesn’t give many interviews. Whatever the reason, they simply aren’t getting the positive news out there the way it should. Again, the negative always gets the most attention. With America already reeling from COVID-19 fatigue, it’s going to be a tough road ahead as long as the virus continues to ravage the country.

But things are not as bad as they were a year ago. You may not want to believe it, but the numbers are the numbers, no matter how you try to spin them. I’m simply asking our media to tell us the whole story. Since they won’t, I will.

Some final thoughts on New Year’s Eve

I’d like to thank all of you who stop by here and read our posts. I realize how precious time is these days and there are only so many blogs, publications, and other media sources you can read in one day. So here’s to all of you who read and comment. I appreciate all of you so much.

As you all know, these last two years have been challenging to say the least. I promise you that I will still keep at it in the new year. I’ve not been as productive as I would have liked, unfortunately. I hope to be a bit better going forward. America, once again, is at a crossroads. Will we do what’s necessary to keep our democracy? Stay tuned!

Finally, and this is the saddest part. We lost our beloved dog Bentley on November 20th. My wife and I have been in a funk ever since. I never realized how tough it would be when the day finally came even though I tried to prepare myself for that very thing. He gave us nearly 14 years of joy and love. He was simply the best dog I could have ever imagined. Here’s to you Ben. Maybe I’ll see you again some day.

That’s Ben on the left, Jackson on the right


    1. Thanks Neil. I agree totally. It seems that they go out of their way NOT to be called the ‘liberal’ media. But by doing that they do us all a disservice. I still don’t think they covered Trump adequately. They never wanted to call him a liar, even though that’s exactly what he did every day.
      Happy New Year Neil, and thanks for following us!

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  1. Great post! Lots of truth.

    IMO, this comment — It always seemed that the previous president got the benefit of the doubt when it came to the economy had a lot to do with the fact so many people were impressed by his wealth — which they believed was because he was “such a successful businessperson.” (Boy! Did he have them fooled!)

    So very, very sorry about Ben.😥 I have a sweetheart who’s pushing 13 years. Her breed generally makes it to 14 or 15, but she’s crippled from a spinal injury several years back, so I’m not sure if she’ll make it that far. In any case, my sympathies are with you.

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    1. Thanks for the nice comments Nan, and I appreciate the sympathy for Ben. Yeah, it’s been real tough around here for the past several weeks. It just doesn’t seem right that he’s not here. We had some wonderful times with him though. He’s horribly missed. And good luck with your old girl. Hope she can stick around a long time for you. It sucks that their lives are so short. We don’t deserve them!!

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  2. Firstly sympathies to you Jeff for the loss of a dear friend Bentley. You will meet again.
    I was reading with interest from Keith that Trump was booed by his audience when suggesting they took a booster. Well it seems the collective American Right found its action toy wasn’t working properly and threw it out of their pram. At last evidence there for all to see. Trump never controlled them, they pulled his strings and he danced. If he does fall from his rickety pillar it will be amusing because there will be no dignity; the trouble being there will be another willing to slither up and take his place to feed the ravening anger of MAGA.
    This is why it is essential that there can no longer be a ‘It doesn’t matter. They are all the same. I’m not gonna vote’ mindset. Those who stick with that will find there is no opting out. They think they can lock their locks and indulge in whatever they do to take their minds off of Reality; Reality will kick down their door.
    I doubt if Biden will be ranked up there with The Greats, but he might well get the accolade Ford had, he brought some sort stability and dignity back to the office- that’s not a bad win at all.
    Best wishes for 2022.

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    1. Thanks for the kind thoughts regarding Ben Roger. I really appreciate that.
      Yeah, the fraud himself got some pushback from the crazies didn’t he? Funny though, if only he’d taken the virus seriously from the beginning we wouldn’t be in the God awful mess we find ourselves in. He didn’t even have the decency to tell anyone he was vaccinated till way after he was gone. For him, though, it’s par for the course. The likes of him better never sniff the White House again Roger. We simply won’t survive!
      Happy New Year to you and thanks again for all your insights!

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  3. I absolutely agree that the press has done a lousy job covering the events under Biden … they downplay or ignore the positive and accentuate ad nauseam anything even remotely negative. That’s not likely to change so long as they rely on paid subscribers for their survival, but it’s a damn shame … they have let this nation down.

    I felt tears welling in my own eyes as I read your last bit about Bentley 😢 Having lost many furry family members throughout the years, I can fully understand how devastating it is. Hugs to you and your wife, dear friend. And a happier New Year to you both!

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    1. Thank you Jill. That means a lot. And the same to you and your family.
      Let’s really hope this year will be better. I don’t know that America can absorb much more. I feel it’s been teetering towards the edge of the abyss ever since you know who invaded our lives in 2016. I hope your health is much better this year Jill. Like I’ve told you, we need your voice now more than ever! Please be well.

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      1. Like you, I feel strongly that the nation is on the brink, though of what I do not know. Authoritarian government? Anarchy? Civil War? All are possibilities if our elected representatives don’t somehow find their consciences and remember that in fact they are responsible for the well-being of every man, woman and child in this nation, not just the wealthy. Sigh. I’m trying to be well, my friend, but the truth is that I am far from it. I wonder if I’ll even be here come next Christmas … I have my doubts.

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      2. I will be pushing as many positive thoughts your way I as can Jill. I’m pulling for you, just as I know all who read your excellent posts are. You and I MUST continue to get the word out about what’s going on in the world. Sometimes I feel I’m shouting in the wilderness. But It’s still worth it! Take care Jill. We’ll talk

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      3. Thank you, dear friend! That means a lot to me. I had an email from Greg last week … I haven’t answered him yet, but fully plan to soon. You and he are both such great people and I love you both! Yes, we must continue and I understand exactly what you mean about shouting in the wilderness. But, every now and then, I find proof that somebody was listening and what we said did make a difference, and then I’m more motivated than ever! Hang in, my friend … yes, we’ll talk soon! Maybe we can work on a post or two together before too long.

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      4. I would love to do that. And you’re right, even if what we write might affect just a few people, it’s more than worth it! Yes, Greg is going through a lot right now. This life thing. Boy, it sure gets tough sometimes doesn’t it? Take care Jill. Stay strong!

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      5. It sure does get hard, my friend! Some days it seems like a lost cause, y’know? Sigh. I will, Jeff … I will try my best to stay strong and keep on fighting the good fight, for the alternative has no appeal!

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  4. Sunday pm

    Hi, Jeff–

    My most heartfelt condolences to you, your wife, and little Jackson.

    That’s an adorable photo of both your babies. Must say, though–Ben was not only handsome, he had a very dignified and regal bearing. (like a Great Dane)

    I hope that all the years of happy memories you shared with him will alleviate some of the distress you must feel, now; and, that the coming weeks and months will usher in much needed healing.

    In Ben’s precious memory, and to celebrate his life, I’ll leave with you a poem that a Kossack (Daily Kos blogger) left for me, when I wrote a Memoriam to our ‘Murphee’ (my avatar) almost 10 years ago.


    Walk With An Old Dog

    Because you will not be forever
    Hope against time though I may
    I paint your picture in my memory
    Eyes blue with age, muzzle gone gray.

    Because you walked with me in Springtime
    Puppy-clumsy, running free
    As you grew, we grew together
    You became a part of me.

    Because you shared with me my sorrows
    Not understanding–simply there
    Often spurring me to laughter
    My friend, you know how much I care.

    Because the years have slowed your fleetness
    Though your spirit still is strong
    I promise I will take more time now
    So that you can go along.

    Because you do not fear the future
    Living only in the now
    I draw strength from your example
    Yet time keeps slipping by somehow.

    Because the day has come [revised]
    When I will no longer see
    You rise to greet me–but in memory
    You will always walk with me.

    ~~Gayl Jokiel



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    1. Thanks so much Blue. That poem is so spot-on. It absolutely reflects how I felt about Ben. And, as you mentioned at the top, he really was a regal and dignified dog. Funny, my stepson’s girlfriend referred to him in that exact way when she first met him.
      You obviously have a great feel for dogs and what they mean to us. I really appreciate the thoughtful comments Blue. For us, there will never be another Ben, even if we decide to get another dog. As the old saying goes, time heals, eventually.
      We’ll get there some day. Take care and thanks again!

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      1. Hi, Jeff–

        Thank you for the kind words. I was hoping that the poem might give you at least a little bit of solace, as it did me.

        Certainly, I’m anything but a poet, and this poem expressed what I couldn’t find the words to say, but deeply felt.

        The blogger who posted the poem at Daily Kos wasn’t a person that I knew.
        After checking out her profile, I found that she was a member of a group of bloggers who memorialized fallen soldiers, in hopes of consoling their loved ones left behind. And, a dog lover.

        Take care.


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    1. I just love how these “armchair” professionals have all the answers. It’s so easy to sit back and provide “solutions” when they aren’t sitting in the Oval Office.

      Reminds me of those people who have all the answers related to the COVID virus …

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      1. Yes, isn’t that true? I’m awaiting Scott’s rebuttal from the info I sent him from Johns Hopkins, explaining why natural immunity alone is not the best solution to this pandemic. What if there were no vaccines and everyone was out there mask-less and gathering in crowds, indoor and outdoor? You know, the pro ‘herd-immunity’ people. I’m thinking our deaths would be in the millions and hospitals would stop accepting patients due to the unbearable high volume. But, what do I know? Maybe I should start getting my advice from Dr. Oz?

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