As the United States emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, numerous domestic issues demand the attention of the President and the government. These issues include high inflation, supply chain disruptions, economic struggles, and looming national debt. However, President Biden has made it clear that he's committed to Ukraine, both in terms of providing military aid and supporting its bid for NATO membership. This article argues that the President’s attention should not be on Ukraine at this time, but rather on solving domestic problems that affect American citizens.
e conflict in Ukraine began in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and began supporting separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine. Since then, the Ukrainian government has been fighting a war to reclaim its territory and maintain its sovereignty. The conflict has taken a heavy toll on the Ukrainian people, with over 13,000 deaths and 1.5 million people displaced.
The United States has been a key supporter of Ukraine throughout the conflict. In 2014, the Obama administration provided non-lethal military aid to Ukraine, including communications equipment and body armor. In 2018, the Trump administration approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, which were seen as a significant deterrent against Russian aggression. The Biden administration has continued this support, with President Biden pledging to provide $100 million in military aid to Ukraine in 2021.
While it’s important to support our allies and maintain international stability, several domestic issues demand the attention of the President and the government at this time.
Inflation is currently at its highest level in over 30 years, with prices for goods and services rising across the board. This is due in part to supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic, but also to the massive amount of government spending that's occurred in the past year. The government’s response to the pandemic, including stimulus checks and expanded unemployment benefits, has contributed to the inflation problem.
Inflation has a disproportionate impact on low-income families, who are already struggling to make ends meet. As the cost of living rises, these families may be forced to cut back on essentials like food and healthcare. Inflation also erodes the value of savings, making it harder for people to plan for their future.
The pandemic has had a significant impact on the economy, with many businesses closing or struggling to stay afloat. While the government has provided support to businesses through programs like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), many small businesses have still had to close their doors. This has resulted in job losses and decreased economic activity in many areas.
The economic struggles have been particularly difficult for marginalized communities, who are more likely to work in low-wage jobs that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Black and Latino workers, in particular, have experienced higher levels of unemployment than white workers.
The pandemic has also caused significant disruptions in global supply chains. The closure of factories and ports has led to shortages of key goods, such as computer chips and lumber. This has had a ripple effect on many industries, from construction to automotive to consumer electronics.
These supply chain disruptions have resulted in higher prices and longer wait times for many goods. This has made it more difficult for businesses to operate and for consumers to access the goods they need.
The United States' national debt currently stands at over $31 trillion. This debt has been growing for decades, but has accelerated in recent years due to government spending on programs like Medicare, Social Security, and the military. The pandemic has also contributed to the debt, with massive government spending on pandemic relief programs.
The national debt has significant long-term consequences for the United States. It can lead to higher interest rates, lower economic growth, and decreased access to credit. It also places a burden on future generations, who will be responsible for paying off the debt. In the short term, the debt limits the government’s ability to respond to future crises or invest in domestic programs.
While supporting Ukraine is important for maintaining international stability, it should not be the priority at this time. The United States has limited resources, and these resources should be focused on solving domestic issues that affect American citizens.
First and foremost, the government needs to address the inflation problem. The Federal Reserve can use a variety of tools, such as raising interest rates or reducing the money supply, to combat inflation. The government can also take steps to reduce spending and balance the budget, which would help alleviate inflationary pressures.
The government also needs to address the economic struggles facing American businesses and workers. This could include providing additional support to small businesses, investing in infrastructure projects that create jobs, and expanding access to education and training programs.
Supply chain disruptions can be addressed through targeted investments in the supply chain infrastructure, such as building new ports or expanding existing ones. The government could also work with businesses to find alternative supply sources or increase domestic production of key goods.
Finally, the government needs to take a long-term approach to addressing the national debt. This could include reducing spending on programs that contribute to the debt, such as military spending and entitlement programs.
In conclusion, while supporting Ukraine is important, the United States needs to prioritize solving domestic issues that affect American citizens. Inflation, economic struggles, supply chain disruptions, and the national debt are all pressing issues that demand the attention of the government. The President and the government should focus their resources on addressing these issues, rather than devoting significant attention to Ukraine at this time. By addressing these domestic issues, the United States can create a stronger, more stable, and more prosperous country for all its citizens.
Written By: Stephen Despin Jr.
Stephen Despin is a libertarian-conservative, blogger, and grassroots organizer, who's worked extensively in grassroots advocacy, campaigns, and lobbying for the past 6 years. As the founder of Talk Politics, he's become a voice in libertarian-conservative politics and has helped to shape the conversation around a variety of issues. Stephen is highly skilled in digital organizing and social media management and has been recognized for his ability to build effective and engaging online communities. He's a tireless advocate for limited government, personal freedom, and individual responsibility, and will continue to play an important role in shaping the libertarian-conservative movement.