Whatever happened to, “The Buck Stops Here”?
Being in the big chair, no matter how deficient you may be, means taking responsibility for the big decisions. It means that you don’t get to blame subordinates for your decisions and the consequences. But, faced with crippling inflation, Biden’s people are trying to do that.
The president was irritated that his aides had assured him the inflation problem was “transitory,” according to two sources familiar with the discussions, an outgrowth of pandemic-induced shortages and other supply-chain kinks. He also wondered whether his advisers had paid too little heed to warnings that the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan would flood the economy with too much cash, acting as kindling for inflation.
We’re getting a bunch of these stories now about how Biden questioned the student loan bailout and the other leftist crackpottery his administration has been doing.
Whether or not they’re true, it’s also irrelevant.
Biden still signed off on them. He made the decision, to whatever extent he’s capable of making decisions, and then second-guessing himself and blaming his advisers fixes nothing. It just establishes that he’s irresponsible and incapable of doing the job.
Biden, who usually appears jovial in public but is not shy about flashing his temper in front of his West Wing aides, took out his frustration on National Economic Council Director Brian Deese in meetings, according to three sources familiar with those discussions. Klain disputes this account.
He’s not shy about flashing his temper in public either, but no one cares about his tantrums. His advisers can try to backbite each other and shift the blame away from the boss, but the damage is still done.
If Only Stalin Knew is a cult of personality argument. In America, we presume that presidents know or that they ought to know, and either way they deserve to be fired, either for stupidity or failure or incompetence.
Inflation was an obvious outcome. And the buck, now worth less, stops with Biden.