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Conservative: Biden Destroys All He Touches

“Almost everything Joe Biden has touched since entering office has turned to dross,” Victor Davis Hanson thunders at American Greatness, from the border to inflation to the Afghan catastrophe. Why? He’s just a “cardboard-cutout, a garden-variety Democratic Party hack” who “has no clue about the actual destructive implementation of his toxic policies.” The “rank opportunist” is riding woke leftism as “the country’s new trajectory,” aiming “to ram down a hard-left agenda, in the fashion of a torpedo that itself blows up when it hits the target.”

Libertarian: Oregon’s Mad Mask Mandate

The new mandate from Gov. Kate Brown (D-Ore.), “People must now wear masks, even outdoors, and even if they are vaccinated,” astounds Reason’s Robby Soave, since “forcing vaccinated people to wear masks outside is an unjustifiable act of overreach on the part of government officials,” utterly “contrary to existing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” “The quicker, simpler and vastly more effective tool is vaccination.” And “the risk of contracting the virus via brief, incidental outdoor contact is extremely low.” Simply put: “If the government can make people wear masks under conditions where the threat of illness is negligible, there is no real limit on its pandemic authority whatsoever.”

From the right: Joe Will Get Inflation Wrong, Too

President Biden will soon make his case for spending another $3.5 trillion, but after the last two weeks, don’t “be fooled again,” warns National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke. Just as Biden pooh-poohed the notion of a Taliban takeover and an airlift from the US embassy, he’s also said it’s “highly unlikely” America will see “long-term inflation,” even claiming more spending will “take the pressure off” price growth. Soon he’ll “pretend that he always expected” 5.37 percent inflation, though “his own White House” projected just 2.1 percent. “Barack Obama famously warned his fellow Democrats that they should not ‘underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up,’ and yet, for the last six months, that is precisely what they have done. The results have been deleterious.”

Cali watch: A Vast Progressive Failure

“Californians’ surprisingly strong support for the removal of Democratic governor Gavin Newsom . . . reflects a stunning rejection of modern progressivism in a state thought to epitomize its promise,” argues Joel Kotkin at Spiked. Pre-pandemic, the Golden State “already had the highest poverty rate and the widest gap between middle and upper-middle income earners of any state in the US. It now suffers from the second-highest unemployment rate.” Funded by the state’s elite, Newsom seems “unaware that California’s middle- and working-class incomes have been heading downwards for a decade, while only the top 5 percent of taxpayers have done well.” High taxes and green “policies have driven out major companies — in energy, home construction, manufacturing and civil engineering — that traditionally employed middle-skilled workers.” Crucially, it seems “Latinos’ long-standing antipathy to the GOP is now shifting towards the progressive gentry.” Progressive elitism means Democrats “now face the prospect of losing constituencies that they long saw as essential to maintaining power.”

Foreign desk: Afghanistan’s About To Get Worse

President Biden’s plans to get Americans out of Afghanistan “have been an epic disaster,” huff the editors at Issues & Insights. And he just “took a knee before the Taliban” by nixing an extension of his Aug. 31 withdrawal date — after the group threatened “consequences” if he didn’t. Now “things are about to get uglier,” as Biden says the United States “won’t be able to get everyone out.” That sets up the possibility of “mass hostage-taking” of Americans. The president has “failed to push back against the murderous Taliban, set up the possible re-establishment of both al Qaeda and ISIS in Afghan territory and in effect asked for a mass hostage crisis. Such ineptitude isn’t mere bureaucratic failure; it’s deadly.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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