GOP After Biden Ahead of SOTU

( – Before President Joe Biden took the stage for this year’s State of the Union address, Republicans lobbed criticisms and questions at the President over fiscal and foreign policy.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) attempted to “pre-rebut” what speech watchers predict will include Biden pressing Congress to raise the debt ceiling to avoid financial disaster.

McCarthy was having none of that. He characterized the national debt—$31 trillion and growing—as the “greatest threat to our future.” Congress and the President need to prioritize making a balanced budget instead of endlessly taking on more debt and pushing the bill down the road.

Inflation and unemployment have been the biggest worry for most Americans for almost three years. Prices on everyday goods have reached heights unseen by most in their lifetimes, sometimes surpassing the inflation of the early 1980s.

But both inflation and unemployment may be turning around, which could help Biden’s SOTU message. Even that is uncertain as Americans are still paying record high fees for necessities such as utilities, housing, and groceries. And while the housing market turned red hot during 2021 and 2022, mortgage interest rates have risen by several points during that time which may cool home sales.

Biden also had to contend with angry questions about his handling of the Chinese balloon that floated unmolested across Canada and the United States this week before finally being shot down over the Atlantic by a US fighter jet on February 4th.

The balloon appeared deceptively small in videos and photos. It was actually more than 200 feet tall, or, as some media have described it, four times larger than a typical cartoon character balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Citizens and politicians are asking why it took so many days for the President to take action against a suspected spy balloon (the Chinese government insisted it was a weather balloon) that made its way across the continental US before anything was done to stop it.

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