The New York Times gave President Joe Biden an open sounding board to cast blame on Republicans for the inflation created by his own policies one month ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
“President Biden laced into Republicans on Friday for trying to enact policies that would make ‘every kitchen table cost’ go up while lavishing tax cuts on big corporations,” Times economic policy reporter Alan Rappeport spouted in an Oct. 7 story. The story was ironically headlined, “Biden Warns Inflation Will Worsen if Republicans Retake Congress.”
Nowhere in Rappeport’s piece, of course, was anything pointing out Biden’s hypocrisy for trying to scaremonger about a potential Republican Congress setting off the very inflationary pressures the president unleashed himself.
Then came the hilarious part: Rappeport actually claimed Biden’s new line of political attacks meant he was somehow “shedding his usual tone of bipartisanship a month ahead of the midterm elections.” Rappeport conveniently didn’t mention Biden’s notorious Sept. 1 “‘Blood Red’” speech in which he absurdly charged that the tens of millions of “MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
But according to Rappeport, Biden shed his supposed “usual tone of bipartisanship” by accusing Republicans of pushing inflationary policies during a speech at a Volvo manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Md., on Oct. 7. Did Rappeport forget about when Biden took aim at pro-life conservatives in May, saying: “[T]his MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history – in recent American history.”
It’s not exactly “usual” for Biden to be bipartisan. But Rappeport continued hammering that nutty drum. “Despite his sharper tone, Mr. Biden said that he remained hopeful that bipartisan cooperation could be possible after the election,” the Times reported. “‘That’s my hope, that after this election, there will be a little return to sanity,’ Mr. Biden said. ‘That we’ll stop this bitterness that exists between the parties and have people working together.’”
What a joke.
The most recent inflation report showed that prices rose 8.3 percent in August from a year prior, after the yearly inflation rate reached 8.5 percent in July, and had hit a 40-year high in June of 9.1 percent.
What’s worse is that Biden signed into law the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act monstrosity in August, which will do the opposite of what its name suggests.
CNBC in May smacked down a Biden government official’s attempts to explain the president’s so-called “plan” to fight inflation, after National Economic Council Director Brian Deese summed up Biden’s plan for fighting inflation in three steps: leaving the Federal Reserve alone, supporting renewable energy and affordable housing, and funding the Internal Revenue Service more heavily.
CNBC host Becky Quick responded to this nonsense by saying “none of those steps” would tackle the “skyrocketing costs” for gas, food, rent, among other things.
The sole right-leaning perspective in the piece was reported from the familiar “Republicans pounce” angle: “Republicans seized on signs of a cooling job market to assail Mr. Biden for economic mismanagement on Friday.” [Emphasis added.]
Oh, poor Joe.
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