With the 2022 midterms steadily approaching, leftists throughout the political and corporate media spheres are already preparing to blame any and all future rising inflation on Republicans should Democrats lose control of Congress.
During an event in Los Angeles on Thursday, President Joe Biden began to lay the groundwork for this new strategy. While attempting to talk up a previously passed infrastructure package, the Democrat president claimed that “if Republicans win” control of Congress next month, “inflation is going to get worse. It’s that simple.”
“Folks, you know, Republicans are going to make you — working, middle-class folks — pay higher taxes. … And the biggest corporations — and, by the way, in every single piece of legislation I’ve gotten passed with the help of the people here, we have not raised the tax on anybody making less than 400,000 bucks a year one penny,” Biden asserted, despite a report from the Congressional Budget Office analyzing the effects of the Democrats’ wrongly termed “Inflation Reduction Act” showing otherwise.
According to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, yearly inflation ending in September is up to 8.2 percent, while “[c]ore inflation, which factors out energy and food prices, rose to 6.6%, the highest mark since 1982.” Since Biden took office in January of last year, the prices of everyday commodities, from food to gasoline and energy, have all skyrocketed to levels not seen in decades.
Despite such cataclysmically awful numbers, Biden and company have repeatedly tried to downplay the economic effect inflation has had on average Americans. During a “60 Minutes” interview last month, for instance, the president proclaimed that the month-to-month inflation rate was “up just an inch, hardly at all.”
Since his inauguration, Biden, along with a Democrat-controlled Congress, has wasted no time in spending trillions of dollars to fund left-wing pet projects that have done nothing to address the needs of the American people. In addition to the roughly $740 billion deceptively named “Inflation Reduction Act,” Democrats also passed the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” during the early months of the Biden administration.
Taking their messaging cues from Biden, the country’s corporate media and political elites throughout Washington, D.C., have adopted the administration’s new tactic and are forecasting an even worse economy under a GOP-controlled Congress. During a recent segment on MSNBC, network host Chris Hayes said he feels “confident in predicting” that “if Republicans win control of one or both houses of Congress [this fall], they will do everything in their power to sabotage the economy to best set them up to retake the White House in 2024.”
Democratic National Committee spokesman Ammar Moussa echoed similar sentiments in remarks provided to the Washington Examiner, claiming that Republicans have “repeatedly made clear that they want to gut Social Security and Medicare and even increase prescription drug costs for millions of Americans.”
“Time and time again, Republicans have shown they will side with special interests to raise costs on American families, while President Biden and Democrats work tirelessly to lower costs. The stakes of this fall’s elections could not be higher,” he said.
Shawn Fleetwood is a Staff Writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood
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