Saturday, January 7, 2023

D.L. Gardner: What Will We See in 2023?

What will we see in 2023? “Past performance is not indicative of future results,” is a caveat for buying and selling stocks, but not for predicting what President Biden and his administration will do this year. In fact, President Biden and his bureaucratic entourage will likely stay the course he laid during his first two years in office. 

According to Rasmussen Reports, the good news for Biden is 37% of likely U.S. voters say the country is heading in the right direction while 57% believe the nation is going down the wrong track. That’s good news for Biden because a year ago 27% said we were going in the right direction and 64% said we were on the wrong track. 

Remember the good old days when we could afford food, gasoline, and still have money to buy Christmas presents way back in December 2020? According to S&P Global, “The U.S. annual headline inflation rate came in at 1.4% in December 2020, up from 1.2% in the previous month, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed.” The report also said, “Food prices increased 3.9% year over year, while energy prices declined 7.0%. Fuel oil and gasoline prices dropped 20.0% and 15.2%, respectively.” That was 2020.

Compare those numbers with 2022 numbers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported December 13, “The consumer price index … increased 7.1% from November 2021 to November 2022.” S&P Global wrote, “Annual consumer price index growth has now dropped or remained flat since June, when it reached 9%, the largest increase since 1981.” 

The bottom line is inflation jumped from historically low 1.4% under Trump to 7.1% under Biden after hitting a 40-year high of 9% in June. Inflation is likely to remain high under President Biden.

How about that southern border crisis? The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported FY 2020 statistics: “The amount of CBP encounters with those illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border shrunk by 53% in FY 2020. According to the report, CBP encountered 458,088 people illegally crossing the border this past fiscal year, a stark contrast to the 977,509 reported in FY 2019.” During President Trump’s last year in office, fewer than 500,000 people crossed the border illegally.

During FY 2022 under President Biden’s watch, “CBP stopped migrants more than 2,766,582 times, compared to 1.72 million times for fiscal 2021, the previous yearly high.” After just two years in office, Biden has allowed five-times as many illegals to cross our southern border than Trump. 

In 2020 the Trump administration contacted Twitter and other social media asking them to control information about potential food shortages that might set off runs on grocery stores. There were no runs on grocery stores. 

In the months before the 2020 election, the FBI also asked Twitter and other media to squash any stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Though the FBI had already verified the laptop was Hunter Biden’s and contained information that could hurt Joe Biden’s run for the White House, they asked companies to censor the news as “Russian disinformation.” 

What will we see in 2023? We’re more than likely going to see business as usual from the Biden administration. Will Republicans controlling the House make any meaningful difference? Maybe. Buckle up, 2023 is going to be more divisive than usual.


Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at


Anonymous said...

For once, DL is right in the prediction of another divisive year. We saw it last night.
He doesn't seem to know his FBI/Hunter Biden sources are discredited. The NYPost is a tabloid or that the Daily Caller is Tucker Carlson's website. DL still can't find sources of information that are remotely "balanced" or even factual.
The FBI is investigating. It takes time to get evidence that is used in court.
Or perhaps all DL thinks trial by rumor,unsworn testimony,speculation and opinion ought to be enough for a hanging.
I will be glad to hear the evidence in a court or even read an indictment.
All I know he is the troubled son of a famous man who screws up a lot. We don't have enough jails to hold " poor little rich boys" who screw least this one had an actual traumatic childhood dealt by fate alone to make his angst easier to explain. Trump...not so much.

Anonymous said...

I can tell you exactly what we will see. More prosperity for the 1% of international bankers, and more misery for everyone else. They want every developed nation to be equally miserable to the poorest developing nation. Enjoy your bug protein and recycled drinking water, peasants!

Anonymous said...

“at least this one had an actual traumatic childhood dealt by fate alone to make his angst easier to explain”, what exactly was so traumatic about Hunter's childhood?

I know, Kingfish, this isn't right on topic, but please allow the what about king to reply, if he has the nerve.

LoMo said...

It's a disgrace that D.L. is a college professor. Not because of his beliefs, but because his prose/writing style is about on the level of an unmotivated 8th-grader, and his citation/research skills are about on the same level. He doesn't actually write columns - he just reads a bunch of conservative media opinions and mashes them all into a listicle. And I'm a conservative.

Anonymous said...

Every single Republican voted against lower prescription drug prices, against lower health care costs and against a fairer tax system. Every single Republican voted against tackling the climate crisis, against lowering energy costs and against creating good-paying jobs.

Democrats voted to cut the deficit to fight inflation by having the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share. Every single Republican opposed requiring big corporations to pay a minimum tax of 15%, instead of getting away with paying zero dollars in federal income taxes.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:09 - Most of us, or at least some of us, have or used to have a favorite bar. Please tell us where your favorite Kool-Aid stand is. You are no doubt there on a daily basis and consume large quantities.

Anonymous said...

Americans waste and throw away one-third of the food they buy, then bitch about food prices. Gasoline has been steadily declining in cost for months but DL apparently doesn't buy gas to know that. His beloved Keystone Pipeline from Canada recently sprang a huge leak, causing environmental damage and requiring emergency cleanup. He regurgitates GOP talking points with no research independent of the GOP hacks.

Go away, Daniel. You're a shallow, transparent bore and the majority of American voters don't believe a word that you or the GOP utters.

Anonymous said...

You are practicing Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals #4A and #13

You must be a neocon.
The neocon always cries out in pain when he strikes you.

Anonymous said...

Tell us where the message is wrong instead of attacking the messenger.
Sorry but your academic elitism doesn’t work anymore. I don’t care how well you polish and package a lie, it’s still a lie.
The truth is still the truth, even when poorly packaged.

Anonymous said...

DL is no worse then that delusional “Minister of Truth” installed by Biden who did fake British accents and sang childish “concern troll” songs on TikTok.

Anonymous said...

It is a losing proposition to waste time trying to gain political traction on Hunter Biden.
It is not a crime for a person or country to attempt to ingratiate themselves with the children of the wealthy and powerful. The crime is occurs only with the wealthy or proof that the powerful rewarded the attempt to gain influence with action.
There it is evident instead that NO favors were received or no policies changed or government funds awarded.
Congress began supporting the Ukraine in the Trump administration ( too little too late). We should have been aggressively supporting Ukraine when Putin began infiltration. It's the country's natural resources and their access to the Sea Russia wants BUBBAS!

Anonymous said...

The children of a President,no matter how inept,boring, addicted or mentally ill they may be.
The American people care about their problems.
DL is bound and determined to make sure the GOP is the party of crazies and dummies. And, won't face, as the DEMS forget as well, you need the votes of Independents!
We want solutions, the partisan seem to need back slapping and handshaking.

Anonymous said...

January 8, 2023 at 12:41 PM, tell us again, I didn't believe you the first time.

Anonymous said...

It appears the post @January 7, 2023 at 3:09 PM, and @January 8, 2023 at 12:41 PM, came from the same bot.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:12 who posted this: "Gasoline has been steadily declining in cost for months but DL apparently doesn't buy gas to know that."

So...If gasoline prices rose by 29%, effective with the election of Uncle Joe...and declined by 4% over time, we're making progress, right? Love your logic Mr. Democrat.

Likewise: If, in July, there were 4498 potholes in the major byways in Jackson, but today, there have been 19 repaired, we're looking at progress.

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