Biden administration’s blame game
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WASHINGTON D.C. – On Wednesday’s episode of “who can we blame today?” several of the Administration’s talking heads appeared to not get the memo on the appropriate messaging for the day. From President Joe Biden himself to the Energy Secretary, each person seemed to blame high gas prices and inflation on a different big bad hiding under the bed.
Federal Chairman Jerome Powell started the day by testifying in front of congress and he admitted that the war in Ukraine is not the primary reason for the current rate of inflation that Americans are suffering with.
“I realize there are a number of factors that play a role in the historic inflation that we are experiencing, supply chain disruptions, regulations that constrain supply, we’ve got rising inflation expectations, and excessive fiscal spending, Powell stated.
Powel pointed out that beginning in 2021, inflation rates began to rise. But when asked directly if the war in Ukraine was the main driver Powell responded, “No, inflation was high before, certainly before the war in Ukraine broke out.”
Powell also blamed higher prices on consumer demand. But Powell also stated that most American consumers are “in really good shape financially.” He added that the confidence is high and that consumers have a very substantial cushion of savings.
Later in a briefing, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated the opposite. She once again blamed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the high costs of fuel.
“There are two causes for it, which these high prices derived from. One is, of course, Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. Russia is a very high exporter of oil. Because of the invasion of Ukraine, countries like the United States and Canada rightfully have said we are not going to take any Russian oil; therefore, about a million barrels per day have been taken off the market as a result of that. And secondly, the supply and refining capacity constraints that have been created by Covid-19 in the United States, but also around the world,” Granholm stated.
She was questioned by a reporter in the room about the chairman’s testimony earlier in the day and she admitted that she had not listened to his testimony so she was unaware that he had said the opposite while maintaining her position that the War in Ukraine is where she lays the blame.
Granholm also hammered home that the move away from fossil fuels will cure all that is wrong with the world and it is guaranteed to make everyone instantly happy and feel fulfilled in life. World peace by way of 110 volts. 240-Volts if you are privileged.
But who cares, right? It’s not like these people are pulling up and filing up their own vehicles and are scrapping the change out from the couch cushions, maybe the same cushion that Powell is referring to, just to drop a couple of bucks in the tank so they can get to work.
Later, Biden took the airwaves and managed to once again simultaneously blame Putin and the oil companies.
He also took a swipe at Republicans and every single American who is criticizing him over the higher prices. He honestly believes that we as Americans are supposed to be happy about the pain at the pump in order to fight a proxy war with Russia.
“So for all those Republicans in Congress criticizing me today for high gas prices in America, are you now saying we were wrong to support Ukraine? Are you saying we were wrong to stand up to Putin? Are you saying that we would rather have lower gas prices in America and Putin’s iron fist in Europe? I don’t believe that,” the President stated.
Biden then made an appeal to the oil companies who he said are running gas stations and setting the prices at the pump.
“This is a time of war and global peril. Ukraine, these are not normal times to bring down the price. You are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you are paying for,” said the President.
So which is it? Who is to blame? Is it consumer demand, supply chain crisis, Vladimir Putin, or Donald Trump?