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And Student-Loan Forgiveness Didn’t Help

Here’s a letter to the New York Times:


On your webpage this afternoon readers are told that “A pervasive sense of pessimism across the U.S. has driven Mr. Biden’s support lower. His job approval rating is 33 percent.”

Pervasive pessimism isn’t like earthquakes or solar flares which happen independently of human actions. This pessimism has a human cause. And here that cause is Mr. Biden himself. He doesn’t govern as the moderate that voters expected him to be. Further, the Progressive economic policies condoned or pushed by his administration fuel inflation and rising real energy costs, while Progressive threats to pack the Supreme Court and end the Senate filibuster – which Mr. Biden does too little to discourage – stir in many Americans a sense that an assault is underway against the rule of law and institutions that temper political passions.

Finally, preposterous policies by many state and local Progressives – well-publicized moves from those of D.A.s in San Francisco and New York City to those of teachers’ unions and woke college administrators – understandably intensify Americans’ leeriness of the ideology to which Mr. Biden has hitched his presidency.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030