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The Gaslight Presidency

President Joe Biden attends an event in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

Charlie provided an apt description of the Biden administration’s duplicitousness the other day. Essentially, it sells itself as both moderate and a purveyor of radical change.

It’s a seemingly difficult task made much easier by its allies in the press. Take, for example, Adam Serwer’s latest for the The Atlantic, headlined “Biden Chooses Prosperity Over Vengeance.” The subheading is even more telling: “The future of American democracy depends on the president’s ability to show that even when the Republican Party loses, Americans who vote Republican do not.”

Biden’s $1.9 trillion boondoggle “uses the state as an instrument of broad prosperity rather than as


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