Don’t Call It Democracy! It’s the Economy, Stupid! – Opinion is not responsible for guest opinions.

This is the headline from an article this morning in Grist, which calls itself a “nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future.” Anyway, here is their headline this morning:

How can Biden stem the climate crisis without Congress?

“It’s now time for executive Beast Mode.”

And here’s the opening paragraph of the article, written by Diana Kruzman, the “Midwest correspondent.” Her previous work as a freelancer has appeared in Undark, the New York Times, Vice, the Christian Science Monitor, and Religion News Service. So apparently, she’s an actual person who actually gets paid to write this stuff. This is her opening.

“The White House is scrambling to reassure Democratic voters that President Joe Biden can still take action on climate change after another blow to proposed climate legislation from Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.”

This article is comprised of a lot of green-alarmist loony left nitwittery disguised as trend journalism.

He should do this in the name of “democracy” they say. Biden won, Trump lost. And not liking that “fact,” Trump led an “insurrection” to destroy democracy, didn’t you know? It is being covered by MSNBC at a Congressional hearing. Nobody’s watching, but it’s still happening.

Is Biden really trying to force climate change policies on the American people democratically? This is because Biden won the 2020 presidential election. Is the Presidential Election a referendum on Climate Change Maybe it was. Perhaps I am long-Covid, but have a very short memory. Because I don’t recall that. But I suspect not.

Monmouth University Poll, taken July 5, just a few weeks ago, found that Americans were most concerned with the following: This isn’t theory, or speculation. This isn’t according to Putin, and it isn’t fake news. This is American politics today.

Monmouth Poll Credit: Monmouth University

As you can see from the chart, Americans seem to be less concerned about climate change than they are the polls. This poll is respected. What they do care about, in order of importance, is: inflation – 33 percent; gas prices – 15 percent; the economy – nine percent; and everyday bills, including groceries – six percent.

But here’s the thing, those top four issues (inflation, gas prices, the economy, and groceries) are essentially the same issue. It’s the economy, stupid. So, if looked at another way, 63 percent of the American people want the focus of this President’s attention to be on improving the economy, stupid.

Furthermore, when you consider all four of these issues (health care costs, job security and college tuition, housing and mortgage, rent and rent), the economy that was 63 percent is now 75 percent.

Biden’s half-baked climate plan will only make these nine concerns worse. And if we’ve learned anything about this Administration over the past two years it’s we can’t trust them to change a light bulb in the Roosevelt Room in the White House, let alone reinvent our nation’s entire energy paradigm.

What the free radicals in charge of today’s Democrat Party and running rampant throughout the West Wing should take into consideration as they’re on cable news regurgitating their talking points about insurrection and threat to democracy, is democracy isn’t getting elected and then imposing an extreme agenda that only one percent of voters want but 75 percent of the country doesn’t want.

Perhaps insurrection fits this description even better than democracy. Call it whatever you want, call it “Climate Justice” as they do at Grist, call it “Beast Mode” as that idiot Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse does while sunbathing at his no-colored-people-allowed beach club, but don’t call it democracy.


Joe Armendariz, Armendariz Partners’ Director of Government Affairs is Joe Armendariz. A former Carpinteria City Council member, he is also the ex-Executive Director of Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association and Santa Barbara Technology and Industry Association. He is the Chairman of California Center for Public Policy. You can reach him at 805.990-2494

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