83% of Americans dissatisfied with how things are going in the US, poll says
ALEC SCHEMMEL | The National Desk
FILE – President Joe Biden arrives at the White House, in Washington, from his Asian trip, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The Congressional Budget Office released an economic outlook Wednesday saying that high inflation will persist into next year, likely causing the federal government to pay higher interest rates on its debt. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
WASHINGTON (TND) — A whopping 83% of Americans are dissatisfied with the current path the United States is on, according to new Gallup polling.
That means the amount of those satisfied, just 16%, is 20 points lower than Americans’ satisfaction four months after President Joe Biden took office and a six-point drop since last month, Gallup’s survey data shows.
Americans’ dissatisfaction coincides with Biden’s low approval ratings.
Gallup puts Biden’s approval rating at 41%, but according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll released Tuesday Biden’s approval rating is at 36%.
Biden’s 36% approval rating from Reuters-Ipsos is his lowest to date in that particular poll.
Last month, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Biden’s approval rating at 33%, also an all-time low in that poll.
Besides Biden’s actions on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the president has been under immense scrutiny for growing inflation and an out-of-control southern border.
A FiveThirtyEight-Ipsos poll found that 52% of Americans think inflation is the most important issue facing the country right now.
Americans primarily blame Biden and the war in Ukraine for the U.S.’s high inflation, which as of last month sits near a 41-year high of 8.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Morning Consult-Politico poll indicated 40% of Americans think Biden’s policies are “very responsible” for the country’s high inflation. Sixty-one percent believe Biden is at least “somewhat responsible” for inflation.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a research arm of the federal government, predicts the nation’s deficit will total $1 trillion in 2022 and nearly $16 trillion over subsequent decades under the current economic policy.
The nation’s debt to GDP ratio is expected to be strong in 2023. However, the CBO says the current reprieve could be short lived, projecting the nation’s debt to GDP ratio will surge to record highs by 2032.
The combination of expiring COVID relief and massive inflation, along with the economic recovery, have helped provide a fiscal reprieve. But trillion-dollar deficits are here to stay, and $2 trillion deficits will arrive by 2031. Meanwhile, debt is slated to reach a record 110 percent of GDP within a decade and could rise even further if lawmakers extend various expiring policies,” according to the CBO’s economic analysis.
Rather than declare victory and abandon deficit-reduction efforts, policymakers should work together to truly bring our deficit and debt under control,” the analysis continues. “It’s time to put words into action and enact a fiscal plan that pays for new initiatives, lowers health care costs, raises revenue, secures our major trust funds, cuts wasteful spending, stomps out inflation, and promotes strong economic growth.
The crisis at the southern border has also been a major point of criticism for Biden and his administration.
Gallup polling from March, before Biden announced he would be terminating the Title 42 expulsion policy, showed Americans’ concerns over illegal immigration is near a two-decade high. Forty-one percent reported worrying a great deal about the issue, with another 19% saying they are worried a fair amount.
Texas communities, like Eagle Pass, are bearing the burden of Biden’s open border policies,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said this week. “The Lone Star State will not waiver in our efforts to secure the border. We’re deploying all resources necessary to prevent the flow of drugs, smugglers, & criminals coming into Texas.
House Republicans are calling for swift action from the Biden administration to address the nationwide shortage of baby formula.
Joined by more than a dozen of her colleagues outside the Capitol on Thursday, Elise Stefanik, who serves as House GOP conference chairwoman and has a nine-month-old son, took aim at President Biden and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over their unwillingness to ensure that mothers across the country have the formula their young children need.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
“I’ve led on this issue since February and we, as House Republicans, continue to demand answers from the FDA,” Stefanik said. “Unsurprisingly, when I reached out in February from my office to the FDA we received no substantive response. Joe Biden simply has no plan. In fact, when Joe Biden’s White House was asked about the shortage, they laughed. Shameful. Make no mistake, there is nothing laughable or funny about this crisis.”
“Today, House Republicans are here to push for action from the FDA and the Biden administration who should have had a plan for this shortage months ago,” she added. “Instead, bare shelves Biden has continued to pass the buck. … This is not a Third World country. This should never happen in the United States of America. We’re unified in demanding action to address this crisis.”
Echoing Stefanik’s remarks, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., said, “This is sadly Joe Biden’s America.”
“Working families are already struggling to put food on the table due to the skyrocketing costs of every day items, and now they are facing a crisis that is threatening the very lives of their newborn children,” Wagner said. “This baby formula shortage is hitting mothers all over the country, but especially in my home state of Missouri.”
A House member holds a can of Similac infant formula during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Wagner said her constituents are feeling the heat from the lack of formula in Missouri and noted that the state is “one of six states in America that has its baby formula out of stock.”
“Businesses and retailers are rationing supplies … limiting the amount of formula a customer can buy,” she said. “As the proud grandmother of two and another sweet baby on the way, it is terrifying to think of the desperation parents in my district are feeling when they cannot provide the basic necessities they need for their children.”
Also in attendance for the press conference was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who said she is hearing from mothers, support groups, and nurses in Washington state that “this is the biggest crisis they have faced.”
“Families are turning to the internet because they are so desperate,” she said. “It is extremely dangerous when you think about moms going to the grocery store and having an empty shelf. In some cases they’re driving for hours in order to get the baby formula that they need, and they certainly don’t need to be facing empty shelves.”
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
“We shouldn’t be rationing formulas to keep their babies fed,” she added. “Some families rely on specific formula. I talked with one mom who has a baby with allergies and it’s extremely difficult. She feels like she’s playing Russian roulette as she goes to the store. President Biden and the FDA must do more. This is a matter of life or death.”
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the father of three young children, recognized the fact that “parents are struggling in America” as they seek formula for their children.
“The Biden administration has made every aspect of family life more difficult,” he said. “You go to the grocery store you see the rising price on the shelves of every available thing, and yet, you also go the grocery store and you see the lack of availability of key things you need for family life. Now we see the lack of access to baby formula and we ask why. This is not just a supply chain crisis. This is a crisis for families to be able to feed their children.
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., speaks during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
“When it comes to baby formula, people can see this for themselves what this administration has brought in terms of regulatory policy and then the lack of competence in responding to firm desires in society, firm needs in society, and that’s why we’re here to raise this question,” he added. “This is not meant to be a partisan exercise, but we’ve come together because we don’t see Democrats raising the same issue and willing to work with us to get some answer from this administration. We’re demanding answers.”
Parents across the nation have been panicked and desperate as supply disruptions and a massive safety recall by manufacturer Abbott have created widespread shortages. For the first week of May, the nationwide out-of-stock percentage for baby formula rose to 43%, according to Datasembly, which tracks product data for retailers. That’s up from 30% at the start of April.
Both the White House and the FDA said they are working to address the shortages.
“Ensuring that infant formula is safe and available for families across the country is a top priority to the White House and this administration,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said Wednesday.
She said April sales of formula were up about 10 percent from March and consumers should be able to find general powdered infant formula in stores as the FDA is working with the industry to maximize production capabilities and supply lines here and abroad.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on November 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
“This is an urgent issue that the FDA, as you all know, and the White House is working 24/7 to address,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.
The FDA issued an update on Tuesday on its plan to address the baby formula shortages. In a statement to Fox News Digital, the agency said it is “using all available tools” to ensure access to safe products. The agency said it is closely working with Abbott to resume safe production at its Sturgis facility.
Empty formula shelves are shown in a Target store in Long Island, New York. (Nicole Pelletiere, Fox News Digital)
“Our first and foremost priority is ensuring that any recalled product remains off the market and we are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and manufacturers to ensure that parents have access to alternative, safe infant formula,” the FDA said in a statement to Fox News Digital on Tuesday. “We will and must continue focusing on taking all steps possible to protect the health of those who rely on safe powdered infant formula.”
President Biden, according to a White House official, is slated to virtually speak with retailers and infant formula manufacturers Thursday evening.
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this article.
JEANINE PIRRO: A radical leftist group has released the addresses of the conservative Supreme Court justices calling on their legion of liberal followers to march to the judges’ homes. Activist group Ruth Sent Us wrote on their website, “Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+, and immigrant rights. We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.” Now we know when Democrats say peaceful protest, it doesn’t exactly mean peaceful, especially when they use words like rise up and force accountability. On their website, the group also mentions paying out stipends to help in their protest. Where are they getting their money from? Who is funding these people? We know liberal advocates have a history of organizing protests against the court, like the group Demand Justice, who protested the Brett Kavanaugh confirmations. They’re fighting to expand the court and are backed with George Soros money. But there’s less known about smaller groups like Ruth Sent Us. They appear to be doing the dirty work of posting the judges’ addresses.
Workers assemble non-scalable fences around the Supreme Court Building amid ongoing abortion-rights demonstrations on May 4, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
Releasing the home addresses of Supreme Court justices is extremely dangerous. Keep in mind, some of these justices have small children. And while they fenced off the Supreme Court, the homes of the justices are out in the open. Now that their addresses are public, any crazy leftist could walk right up and change the course of history. Now, Democrats should be discouraging this, but instead they are fanning the flames.
Vice President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden listen as President Biden delivers an address at the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington, Va., May 31, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
“‘There are millions of people in the United States,’ she began. ‘Why,’ she asked, ‘do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe,'” the authors wrote of a conversation Jill Biden had after she learned Harris became a leading candidate to serve as Biden’s running mate.
Several from Biden’s inner circle, however, supported Harris on the ticket. Ron Klain, now the White House chief of staff, had been tasked with vetting vice presidential candidates and, according to the book, told Biden early on that Harris was most qualified for the job as she had sought the presidency herself.
“Yes, Harris had attacked Biden more harshly than any other major candidate in the Democratic primaries. Yes, the Biden family had seen it as a smear and a betrayal. In Klain’s assessment, that would work to Biden’s advantage,” the book states. “Choosing Harris will show people that you are magnanimous and forgiving, Klain told Biden. It will show the country just what a unifying leader you can be.”
The book also highlights Biden’s own reservations to select Harris as a running mate. Noting her “past romantic relationship with Willie Brown, the former San Francisco mayor who had appointed Harris to a pair of minor political positions,” the book said Biden described the behavior “as the kind of thing that should be off limits.”
President Biden speaks with Vice President Kamala Harris after signing H.R. 55, the “Emmett Till Antilynching Act,” during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House March 29, 2022. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Others considered as a Biden running mate, as discussed in the book, included New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as well as activists and members of Congress from across the country.
Another candidate who pushed hard for the role was Stacey Abrams, who, according to the book, did “not pass the test” and was seen by Biden’s advisers as a lost cause after she failed to win the Georgia gubernatorial race in 2018.
“Abrams fought hard to win real consideration but never overcame the experience issue” that Biden’s advisers warned him about, the book claims.
Grisham, whom the book billed as a “no-nonsense former state health secretary buried in managing the pandemic on the ground,” told the authors of the book that the vetting process from Biden’s team was “insane.”
“He asked me to sell him on vice president: ‘Why should you be the vice president?’” Lujan Grisham said, according to the book.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)
“I didn’t ask to be vice president,” she told Biden. “You asked for me to be vetted — you tell me why you think I would make a good vice president. This was not my idea.”
Other candidates discussed in the book, including Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.; and Rep. Val Demmings, D-Fla., were all seen by Biden’s campaign as “compromised or risky” selections. Those candidates also reached a similar conclusion: Harris was going to be the nominee.
Biden’s advisers considered Harris to be the safest choice for winning the White House, even with her history of targeting Biden.
“You know, white women are incredibly racist, as are white men,” a close adviser to Biden said in the book. “None of it was safe. It was a risky thing to do. But it was the safest of choices that we had.”
President Biden has told former President Barack Obama that he plans to run for re-election in 2024.
“[Biden] wants to run and he’s clearly letting everyone know,” a source with knowledge of the conversation told The Hill.
The source added that Biden believes he is the only candidate who can beat former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical rematch between the two political rivals, which was largely the reason Biden was able to secure the Democratic nomination in 2020.
“I believe he thinks he’s the only one who can beat Trump. I don’t think he thinks there’s anyone in the Democratic party who can beat Trump and that’s the biggest factor,” the source said.
But Biden’s prospects for victory in 2024 have been in doubt in recent months, with the president seeing worsening approval ratings since August of last year. The latest Quinnipiac University put Biden’s approval at a dismal 33%, the lowest mark of his presidency thus far.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Trump has publicly hinted about the possibility of making another run for the White House, telling a crowd last month that “we may have to run again.”
“In 2024 we are going to take back that beautiful, beautiful White House,” Trump said. “I wonder who will do that. I wonder. I wonder.”
The hypothetical rematch would be a close one, according to the latest Wall Street Journal polling, which shows a tie between Biden and Trump in the national preference.
President Joe Biden (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Biden has in the past expressed a desire to seek a second term, though he has warned that his plans could fall victim to “fate.”
“I’m a great respecter of fate,” Biden said during an interview with ABC in December. “Fate has intervened in my life many, many times. If I’m in the health I am in now, if I’m in good health, then in fact I would run again.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a new pro-Florida, pro-DeSantis anthem out. Written by Johnny and Donnie Van Zant, “Sweet Florida” puts Biden, Fauci, and all anti-freedom fighters on blast. DeSantis shared the song on Twitter:
“Thanks to Johnny & Donnie Van Zant. I have a feeling this might be the song of the summer…”
Watch the video above and check out the lyrics below:
The press don’t like him but he sure does get my business He stands up for what he believes So don’t come down here trying to change things We’re doing alright in the Sunshine State Stay out of our business – leave our Gov alone
Down in Sweet Florida Our Governor is Red White and Blue Down in Sweet Florida He’s shootin’ us straight – tellin’ us the truth
Yeah that’s right!
You can take it to the bank he don’t care what Brandon thinks at the White House Yeah he’s fighting for the right to keep our state free Well he’s taking on the swamp and he’s calling out Dr. Fauci He’s the only one fightin’ for you and me
Yeah we’re free!
Down in Sweet Florida Our Governor is Red White and Blue Down in Sweet Florida He’s shootin’ us straight – tellin’ us the truth
Well we ain’t been locked down – we still have our freedom We can still see our friends and family Our kids are in school and we can go to church on Sunday And it’s all because DeSantis knows how to lead
Yeah we’re free!
Down in Sweet Florida Our Governor – He’s Red White and Blue Down in Sweet Florida He’s shootin’ us straight – tellin’ us the truth
Down in Sweet Sweet Sweet Florida Our Governor – He’s Red White and Blue Down in Sweet Florida He’s shootin’ us straight – tellin’ us the truth
Down in Sweet Florida Well he’s kicking it up – standing up down in Florida He’s a military man with the courage to withstand them all Yeah we’re free in Florida Yeah we’re free in Florida Our Governor – He’s Red White and Blue
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With midterms elections in North Carolina starting in about six weeks, more than 60,000 registered voters in the state are dead, registered in another state or registered twice under variations of their name, according to a new watchdog report.
The report released Tuesday by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a nonprofit law firm focused on election integrity, in one example found 7,933 North Carolinians are still registered to vote after having died in 2020.
“North Carolina officials need to use the time they still have to prepare voter rolls for the midterm elections,” foundation President J. Christian Adams said. “Time is running out. Silly, obvious errors in the voter roll can create opportunities for voter fraud and chaos in a close election. Correcting deceased and duplicate records now will help to preemptively address those risks.”
Primary balloting in the state begins May 17.
The foundation’s audit began in late 2019 with the tracking of a sample of registered voters that matched the Social Security Death Index – to see how long it usually took the state’s Board of Elections to remove them from the voter roll after they were listed as deceased.
About 12,940 deceased registrants were found in spring 2020. And according to the index, 95% of them died before 2020. The 7,933 deceased voters still on the roll show that some of the registrants, but not all, have been removed.
The foundation found two instances in which registered voters were dead for about 20 years but not removed from the voter roll until 2021.
A total of 42,984 registered voters in North Carolina left the state and established or renewed their out-of-state voter registration before the 2020 Election.
The foundation used the U.S. Postal Service’s National Change of Address system and the organization’s national voter database to track voters who moved from North Carolina to another state and determine if they registered there before November 2020.
In North Carolina, a residents loses residential status if they take steps to vote in another state. Thus, while it isn’t illegal under state or federal law to be registered to vote in two different places, North Carolina considers “a subsequent registration a disqualifying action,” according to the foundation.
To be sure, the names of dead people not being purged from voter rolls and people being registered in two states has always been a challenge for election officials. But numerous statewide audits after the 2020 elections have shed new light on challenges related to voter roll integrity.
About 87% of “interstate duplicate residents cast ballots outside of North Carolina in 2020,” whereas just 8% cast ballots in North Carolina, and the rest didn’t vote in 2020, the foundation also found.
While election officials are in charge of tracking residents who fail to fix their registration status, North Carolina is not part of any state-sharing agreements or interstate compacts to “track voters” who move to or die in other states, the report states.
There are also 13,525 North Carolina voters who were registered twice at the same address but sometimes with different variations of their names.
In 60% of these cases, age, residence and name were exactly the same.
Eighteen percent of the time, both age and residence matched, but the one name just had the middle initial, whereas the other registration spelled out the middle name. In 15% of cases, the age and residence were the same, but the confusion of maiden and married last names allowed for two different registrations.
Other duplicate registrations with the same age and address included spelling or punctuation errors.
The foundation learned from county officials that the faulty copies can occur when a person registers to vote through different avenues, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles vs. a third-party voter drive “and omits personal identifying information,” like the optional last four digits of their Social Security number.
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There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "...truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity--it is simply true and that is the end of it" - Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard