The Biden Administration Thinks You’re Stupid
The Biden administration thinks you’re stupid. In fact, they’re counting on it.
Truth be told, some people are kind of dumb, but many who buy this administration’s daily ration of tripe are just in denial, inattentive or poorly-informed, no more so than about the causes of the brutal inflation that is costing the average American family hundreds of dollars per month.
United States inflation hit a 41-year high of 8.5 percent in mid-April, continuing a trend that began the day after President(ish) Joe Biden was sworn into office.
In effect, inflation is a highly-regressive hidden tax that affects everyone, but falls most oppressively on lower-income, including minority households – you know, the ones Democrats have always insisted they represent.
Nonetheless, Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff, had the audacity to label inflation a “high class problem.”
Simply stated, if Democrats lose the lower-income voting demographic, they lose. Full stop.
Inflation alone has made Democrats’ prospects for the upcoming midterm elections dismal, “a perfect storm,” according to one prominent Democrat. In fact, polling data shows that the economy is voters’ top concern, and that Independents – a voting bloc crucial to deciding elections – are increasingly leaning Republican.
Clearly, the administration and Democrats would like to escape blame for runaway inflation. But, although they have tried – and are trying – they have their work cut out for them.
Frankly, nothing will work. The public – most of it, anyway – understands why today’s inflationary problem is referred to – accurately – as “Bidenflation.”
During the 2020 primary, candidate Biden promised, “No more drilling… No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period. It ends.”
Then, on his first day in office, Biden signed executive orders limiting fossil fuel exploration and extraction, cancelling leases on federal land, killing the Keystone XL pipeline, and began pressuring lenders to restrict financing for exploration and production of fossil fuels.
Energy prices climbed immediately.
A huge list of commonly used products, including medicines, are derived from oil and natural gas. Furthermore, conventional energy is used in the processing and/or production of virtually every consumer product.
When the cost of conventional energy goes up, everything gets more expensive.
Biden entered office on January 20, 2021. That month, the inflation rate stood at 1.4 percent. Days later, in February, the rate of inflation was 1.7 percent. In March, Biden signed congressional Democrats’ massive unfunded $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, and inflation increased to 2.6 percent, then spiked to 4.2 percent in April.
By May, the inflation rate was 5 percent; in July it was 5.4 percent; and, by October, it spiked again to 6.2 percent, then to 6.8 percent after Biden signed congressional Democrats’ huge $1 trillion unfunded infrastructure bill in November.
By January, 2022, the rate of inflation stood at 7.5 percent.
After telling America that inflation was 1) “transitory,” but it persisted, and, then, 2) an inevitable result of a “good” economy, even though the American public knew their buying power was shrinking, the Biden administration began looking for scapegoats.
First, the president blamed inflation on “greedy corporations” even though corporations were being squeezed by Producer Price Index increases substantially higher than the Consumer Price Index.
After a few other trial balloons deflated – COVID, supply chain disruptions, bottlenecks, etc. – Joe “The buck (never) stops here” Biden seized on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and began calling America’s rate of inflation “Putin’s price hike,” even though prices soared months before the war began.
Assisted by in-the-tank corporate media, White House press secretary Jen Psaki doubled down on her boss’s mendacity by furiously spinning the false narrative that inflation was being driven solely by Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin may be a problem, but he’s not “the” problem concerning inflation, because Russia didn’t invade Ukraine until Thursday, February 24, 2022.
Blaming inflation on Vlad Putin will be a tough sell, because anyone who bought gasoline or groceries over the past year knows it’s a lie.
Democrats have been beating the “Russia, Russia, Russia” drum since 2016. Next they’ll blame Putin for both World Wars, the 14th Century Black Death and the fall of the Roman Empire.
Ridiculous? Perhaps, but, desperate people will try anything. Besides – who knows? – maybe enough Americans will be stupid enough to believe their hogwash.
The Biden administration and Democrats standing for election/reelection are counting on that.