The Washington Post received a fair amount of criticism after running an op-ed suggesting Americans shouldn’t complain about President Biden’s supply chain crisis and the consequent hit on our standard of living but rather, we should simply lower our expectations.
Supply chain issues have become so prevalent of late that White House officials admitted in regards to Christmas shopping this year, “There will be things that people can’t get.”
Businesses nationwide are short-staffed and food shortages are becoming so common that people are posting images of their local grocery store’s empty shelves and forcing Twitter hashtags like #EmptyShelvesJoe to trend.
None of that is Biden’s fault per se, writes Micheline Maynard for the Washington Post.
It’s really just that Americans have become spoiled, accustomed to fast service times and easy access to commonplace products.
In other words, we’ve come to expect a First World standard of living in the richest nation in the history of the world. Crazy, right?
Opinion: Don’t rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes. Try to lower expectations. https://t.co/3CLpV5HXbG
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 19, 2021
Stop Criticizing Biden And Just Lower Your Expectations
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In a column that practically writes an opposition ad for the Republicans, Washington Post columnist Micheline Maynard argues that Americans need to lower their expectations in the Biden era.
“American consumers, their expectations pampered and catered to for decades, are not accustomed to inconvenience,” she writes.
Why should we be? We built the richest nation in the history of the world.
“Across the country, Americans’ expectations of speedy service and easy access to consumer products have been crushed like a Styrofoam container in a trash compactor,” Maynard writes. “Time for some new, more realistic expectations.”
To be fair, it was President Biden who amped up expectations saying he would get the pandemic “under control” and “deliver economic relief” unto the American people.
Is it too much to ask that he simply follow through on his promises?
— Rusty Weiss 🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) October 19, 2021
Washington Post Mocked
Rather than simply lower expectations as the Washington Post columnist suggests, social media users made a mockery of the idea that they should shift goalposts to the benefit of President Biden.
“We’d do ourselves a favor by consciously lowering expectations,” Maynard claims, eventually telling the public not to worry because “eventually the supply chain will get straightened out.”
Two new campaign slogans for Biden or even Kamala Harris heading into 2024 – ‘Lower expectations’ and ‘We’ll eventually figure it out.’
Matt Kibbe, President of Free the People tweeted, “‘Pay more, get less, and STFU about it’ seems like a questionable mantra going into the midterms, no?”
“Pay more, get less, and STFU about it” seems like a questionable mantra going into the midterms, no? https://t.co/u9NTfiq9iO
— Matt Kibbe (@mkibbe) October 19, 2021
To be fair, it may be the most honest assessment the media has made in regards to the Biden administration thus far.
Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, joked that the Democrat slogan heading into the 2022 midterms ought to be: “Actually, bread lines aren’t so bad!”
Democrat slogan in 2022: “Actually, bread lines aren’t so bad!” https://t.co/Wyj8RqRpfi
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) October 19, 2021
Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) chimed in and corrected the Washington Post’s efforts to lower expectations.
“The Washington Post tells Americans to expect empty shelves inside their grocery stores, then blames the consumer for overreacting, when they should be demanding answers from the Biden Administration, not playing defense for them,” Buck wrote.
He added, “Spoiler alert: It is Joe’s fault!”
The Washington Post tells Americans to expect empty shelves inside their grocery stores, then blames the consumer for overreacting, when they should be demanding answers from the Biden Administration. Not playing defense for them.
Spoiler alert: It is Joe’s fault! https://t.co/ETdG47be30
— Rep. Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) October 19, 2021
The looming supply chain crisis is indeed Biden’s fault.
As is the case of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who, in the midst of the worst transportation crisis in modern American history, took paternity leave for roughly two months to tend to his newly adopted children.
“You would think that at this moment – a moment where infrastructure and the future of infrastructure was issue number 1 – that the Secretary of Transportation would be everywhere,” writes Christopher Barron for the Political Insider.
“That he would be one of the most critical voices in the entire country.”
It’s not like anything was happening like cargo ships stacking up off the West Coast.
Come back to work anytime, Mayor Pete. https://t.co/yk4zGHpePv
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) October 15, 2021
Instead, Buttigieg has been MIA.
Oh well, guess it’s too much to ask that the head of the Department of Transportation work to get supply ships rolling again.
Lowered expectations will be the new norm for the media going forward when dealing with this lingering crisis. Just as it has been for the economy in general. Just as it was for the Afghanistan debacle. Just as it has been for the border crisis.
“All I can do is hope for the best,” Maynard writes. “Like everybody else.”
The rest of America will be doing the same. Except, ‘the best’ means holding those in power accountable.
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