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Wikipedia describes “buyer’s remorse” as “the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a vehicle or real estate.” I would add voting decisions to the list of frequent associations as well. Why? There is a difference between Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and President Joe Biden and those who supported him are beginning to realize this. But to be fair, it did not begin the first week after the election.
Last year, there was a lot (and I mean a lot) of early voting but around the October 25 – 31, 2020 timeframe there was a spike in a particular Google search. What were people searching on? “Can I change my vote?” Click here to see the data for yourself. (Or, look below.)
So, what was going on around that time? 2 things: There had just been a Presidential debate between Biden and Trump and there was the heavily censored story about Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell.” At the time, there were several on social media repudiating the trend as normal. Countering that supposition was Nick Flor, media professor at the University of New Mexico who tweeted this.
But I digress, recent examples of buyer’s remorse include several union members. Prior to being elected, United Association, The Building Trades and Laborers’ International Union of North America all sang praises of Joe Biden. Now, I imagine the tone of their union meetings would have changed to something like this.
The website Black Tea News cited a couple more regrets. Here are some quotes from an article discussing them.
Author and renowned feminists Naomi Wolf was surprised to find out Biden was open to more lockdowns, after he already won the election. But if she had known, she would have never voted for him. Perhaps Dr. Wolf was too busy to notice, but Biden said repeatedly that he was in favor of locking down the country, enforcing mask mandates, and so on. He presented no new ideas on how to defeat the pandemic; he only repurposed measures the Trump Administration already put in place.
Biden, who once blamed literally every Covid-19 death on President Donald Trump, is now saying there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory in the next several months.
Candidate Joe Biden catered heavily to the black community when campaigning. However, after he was elected, a slightly different tone emerged. (Click here to listen to the change in tone for yourself.)
The Bourbon Street Chronicle posted an article stating how “New Mexico Leaders Say Biden Energy Bans Will Destroy The State’s Economy.” Here’s a quote on that.
New Mexico leaders are concerned that Biden’s war on the energy business will destroy the state’s economy, where education, jobs, and public programs depend on industry funding.
Joe Biden (reportedly) won New Mexico with 54.29% of the vote versus 43.50% for Trump.
“During his inauguration, President Biden spoke about bringing our nation together. Eliminating wells on public land will cost thousands of New Mexicans their jobs and destroy the remnants of our state’s economy, “Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway told The Associated Press on Friday. “How does that bring us together? Environmental efforts should be fair and well researched, not jerky mandates that only hurt an already impoverished state.”
To be fair, some of the buyer’s remorse was founded on the hope of what Biden would do and not stated facts. Case in point, he was asked repeatedly about whether or not he would pack the Supreme Court but refused to answer. Some speculated that this was because if voters knew where he stood on the issue then, they would not vote for him. I understand the strategy but do not agree with it. I would not want to pay $100 for what I thought would be a steak dinner only to find out that I paid for a McDonald’s Happy Meal. The same mindset may have been in play for other policies that we have learned about this week.
Case in point, I like how “MichiganMoon” expressed his views in a certain online forum about all the Biden policy announcements. He (presumably a he) said this:
“He (Biden) waited to announce these controversial policies that could have made him shed voters:
More troops to Syria, because we haven’t created enough power vacuums in the Muslim world (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria).
$15 national minimum wage, which some rural areas can’t support (his own economist says it will cost 1.3 million jobs).
$15,000 for new home buyers, the 2008 housing bubble was created by Clinton and W Bush pushing people who can’t afford houses into houses.
Biological men allowed to play in women’s sports.
Increased gas taxes.
A reduction in the 401K tax benefit for families making above ~$80K.
Blasting people who don’t wear masks and then both Biden and Kamala being caught violating Biden’s own executive order on masks not less than 7 hours from it being issued.
Reversal on insulin prices.
Reversal on deportations of illegal immigrants and stopping more construction of more wall. Etc…
Maybe those policies are good in your mind, but the point is, we had to vote for Joe to find out where Joe stood on those as they weren’t announced before the election, but were ready to go once he won.”
It was that last sentence that stood out to me the most. Whether you loved or hated President Trump, he said what he meant and followed up on his promises. (Whether that is good or bad is debatable.)
If someone hates me, I rather they come out and say it so I know where we stand. Its the people who say one thing and do another that I disdain. I don’t like being surprised when it comes to people I vote for. I suspect most people do not. Time will tell what the Biden supporters were really voting for and like them, those who did not support Joe Biden for President, might be just as remorseful as those who did.
Thanks for reading this far. More news tomorrow. By the way, what did you think of my latest podcast? I would love to hear your thoughts.