In 2022, the average American is up against many things. The impacts of lockdowns and restrictions from 2020 and 2021 are still bleeding into the lives of many people today.
On top of that, the nation is going through a mental health crisis. Mass shootings are taking place; children are young as ten-years-old have been arrested for threatening mass shootings in the wake of tragedies out of Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.
However, the rise in prices for food and gas is what’s really putting the squeeze on the American public. These costs are devastating, making people put off their retirement plans, drain their savings, and otherwise struggle financially.
On Wednesday, the president offered absolutely no reassurance or comfort to Americans facing these issues, confirms New York Post.
Biden on America’s Worst Economic Issues
In a nutshell, the president’s message to Americans who are struggling to make it through the month was “good luck.”
While speaking to reporters, Biden said there’s not a scenario where his administration can press a button to reduce the prices of food and gas. The president then went on to confirm these prices won’t be going down in the “near term.”
These statements came after Biden engaged in a meeting concerning baby formula shortages and shipments. The president has been lambasted for waiting until the eleventh hour to deal with a crisis that already had warning signs dating back to February 2022.
"The idea we're going to be able to click a switch, bring down the cost of gasoline, is not likely in the near term. Nor is it with regard to food." pic.twitter.com/bLLZTALZqz
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) June 1, 2022
Americans, of course, weren’t very happy to hear this news. After all, Biden’s campaign motto was all about “building back” the United States in a “better” fashion.
Today’s gas prices and food costs aren’t “better” for middle-class Americans who are barely scraping by. Baby formula shortages certainly aren’t “better” for infants who are being hospitalized.
Many Americans take ire with the president, not just because of the problem facing the country, but also due to his apparent unwillingness to bring about the necessary changes via policy.
The Problem With Biden’s Argument
The president claims that flicking a switch to reduce consumer costs isn’t feasible; yet, this isn’t entirely true.
Some policies that would directly drive down gas costs would be revitalizing US pipelines, allowing drilling permits to resume, and walking back the blocks on oil and gas leases.
Every single pipeline and drilling permit should be approved TODAY.
Biden’s high gas prices are not by mistake, they are by design.
— Jake Evans (@JakeEvansGA) June 1, 2022
Biden will not do this, though. In fact, less than two weeks ago, the president said high gas prices today are merely part of a “transition” into a post-fossil fuels society.
This isn’t the rhetoric of a president whose hands are genuinely tied. These are the talking points of a leader who views the suffering of Americans as an acceptable means to achieve his own partisan ends.
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