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The No-Follow-Up Administration, Part Two

President Joe Biden delivers remarks to members of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence nearby McLean, Va., July 27, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

On September 9 President Biden announced a vaccine-or-testing mandate for employers with more than 100 workers. Six weeks later, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is apparently still “weeks” away from issuing the specific regulations for the mandate, according to the Washington Post.

David Marcus observes that it has now been a month since President Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas pledged an investigation and consequences for U.S. border-patrol officers who had allegedly whipped Haitian migrants; the person who took the infamous photo denied that the officers had whipped the migrants.

President Biden, September 24:

It was horrible what — to see, as you saw — to see people treated like they did: horses nearly running them over and people being strapped. It’s outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay. They will be — an investigation is underway now, and there will be consequences. There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment. But beyond an embarrassment, it’s dangerous; it’s wrong. It sends the wrong message around the world.

On September 21 Mayorkas appeared on Joy Reid’s program on MSNBC and declared that, “We need this resolved swiftly. I anticipate that the results of the investigation will be available by the end of next week and I’ve committed to making the results public.”

Despite Mayorkas’s pledge, the investigation is not swift and the results are not public and Biden’s pledge “I promise you, those people will pay” is meaningless. (It is worth remembering Biden also pledged, “we will hunt you down and make you pay” to the terrorists who carried out the attack on Kabul International Airport. The only people killed by the U.S. military in the aftermath of that attack were aid workers, civilians, and children.)

Biden wanted to have a police reform bill passed by May and missed that deadline. At one point Biden wanted to have the infrastructure bill passed by September, and that deadline was missed as well. (Getting it passed by Halloween doesn’t look too likely, either.) After Kabul fell to the Taliban, Biden sat for an interview with George Stephanopoulos and declared that, “If there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out.” That didn’t happen.

Those pledges are like Biden’s promise to not hold children in detention centers, his promise to send out $2,000 stimulus checks, his promise to establish a national commission on policing, his promise to not raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000, his promise to punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, or his promise to end the use of standardized testing in schools. . . .

In light of all this, Joe Biden’s campaign-trail promise to cure cancer doesn’t look likely to be kept either.

Maybe Joe Biden just makes a lot of promises to a lot of people that he isn’t all that committed to keeping.

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