When Republican politicians aren't talking about foreign policy or culture wars, they basically have a four-point critique of President Biden's domestic policies.
- Inflation is out of control due to government spending
- Violent crime is on the rise because Democrats are soft on crime
- Climate change policies are stifling U.S. oil production
- Biden's open border policies are creating a surge of illegal immigrants
Every one of those is based on a lie. So let's take just a moment to unpack them.
The Federal Reserve has traditionally targeted an inflation rate of 2% as optimal. We are currently approaching that goal.
Federal deficit by president for the past three decades. It's clear which is the party of fiscal responsibility. And it most definitely ain’t the radical Republican right. pic.twitter.com/YJtNDMHQAb— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) November 1, 2022
Here's what Biden has done on the deficit...so far.
By a wide margin, the US has had the highest cumulative real (inflation-adjusted) economic growth of any G-7 country post-Covid. pic.twitter.com/SMQTW9CY0X— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) November 7, 2023
Homicides and violent crime overall decreased in the United States in 2022, according to FBI data released Monday...After killings climbed in both 2020 and 2021, murder and manslaughter both fell by 6.1 percent in 2022, and the violent crime rate nationwide declined 1.7 percent.For some context, here's what that data looks like over time:
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration reported that American oil production in the first week of October hit 13.2 million barrels per day, passing the previous record set in 2020 by 100,000 barrels. Weekly domestic oil production has doubled from the first week in October 2012 to now.
By using the term "open border," conservatives...are suggesting that anyone can get into the U.S. without much hassle. But the reality is that the southern border is more fortified than it's ever been.
Since 1992, the U.S. has quadrupled the number of Border Patrol agents — from less than 5,000 to nearly 20,000 today.Barriers, walls, and fences have been erected along portions of the 1,951-mile U.S.-Mexico border, in addition to new Border Patrol outposts and high-tech surveillance systems.The Border Patrol regularly breaks border arrest records, highlighting the difficulty of entering the country illegally.
What no one seems to want to talk about is that there has been a significant change in the migrants crossing our southern border over the last few years. It's true that the number who are "apprehended" is at an all-time high. But look a bit deeper and here's what you find:
In November 2022, a majority of the migrants encountered at the border (63%) were from countries other than Mexico and the Northern Triangle region.
Some of the biggest increases in encounters have involved people from Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela.
Up above I put the word "apprehended" in quotation marks. That's because it is a bit of a misnomer. The majority of these migrants are not crossing the border illegally. They are seeking asylum, so they present themselves to border security voluntarily. That is NOT illegal.
The right to seek asylum was incorporated into international law following the atrocities of World War II. Congress adopted key provisions of the Geneva Refugee Convention (including the international definition of a refugee) into U.S. immigration law when it passed the Refugee Act of 1980...Those who want to live in the reality-based world (rather than the lies we're hearing from the GOP) should be asking two questions:
To be granted asylum, one must meet the definition of a refugee. However, international law recognizes that the refugee status determination process can be lengthy and complex. Therefore, asylum seekers should receive certain protections before a state has officially recognized them as refugees.
- What is driving this influx of refugees?
- Is our system for dealing with asylum seekers adequate? It's clear that the answer to that question is "no." So what needs to change?
There you have it. Every GOP critique of Biden's domestic policies is based on lies. We can count on the fact that they will repeat those lies and mainstream media will let them get away with it. Our only recourse is to speak the truth to as many people as possible.