The Biden Administration’s Five Stages of Grief

Source: Newsweek
by Charles Lipson

“There are five stages of grief, according to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, beginning with denial and ending with acceptance. The Biden administration must have learned from that sequence, since it regularly trots out five successive explanations for its mounting policy failures. Like Kübler-Ross, the administration begins with denial. Here are the Biden administration’s five stages: * It’s not really a problem. You just think it is. * It’s only a problem for some people, especially rich people. It doesn’t affect ordinary folks. * It’s only a temporary problem. … * The problem is lasting a little longer than expected, but none of the experts anticipated that. The president himself is working hard to fix everything. * It’s not our fault, and there’s nothing we can do to fix the problem. Who is to blame? (In 2021, it was Trump; in 2022, it is Putin.) Voters aren’t buying it.” (06/09/22)