There’s a new “variant” of the pandemic. It’s called food fear, and it’s spreading across the nation faster than Omicron. From empty shelves to exorbitant prices on American staples like ground beef, bread, eggs, and dairy, no one is immune. The wealthy cannot find food, and the middle-class can’t afford what they do find. The poorest of the nation may have supplemental assistance to stave off further financial calamity, but chicken noodle soup will not magically appear on aisle 12 of the local supermarket just because they will it. The frustration is building towards anger, and Mr. Biden seems the likely recipient.
Mr. Biden’s Plan
Earlier this week, Mr. Biden gathered the so-called experts for a primer on how to stop, or at least slow, the rapid rise of inflation. During the second-ever meeting of the esteemed White House Competition Council, it appears the president found a novel solution for the American people: competition. It may be the exact opposite of the goals he has declared so far, but Biden explained his waffling on capitalism in sound bite-ripe prose:
“This isn’t just about quick wins. It’s about reversing decades of concentration that have hurt workers, consumers and small business. It didn’t happen at any one time. It’s been over a period of time now — a long time. The bottom line is: Our economy shouldn’t be about people working for capitalism. It should be about capitalism working for people, for everyone.”
Liberty Nation’s Andrew Moran had a few choice observations about the Competition Council’s erudite recommendations. “These edicts included letting consumers purchase hearing aids without a prescription and removing limits on where customers can repair their smartphones,” Moran wrote. “He also championed a measure that addressed non-compete clauses that restricted workers from finding a job at an employer’s competitor for a specified period.” But how does that combat the in-your-face increases to the regular consumer prices? Buying a hearing aid without paying for an obligatory doctor visit might help cover the next fill-up at the pump, but it won’t change the 49.6% increase in the cost of gas. At least middle-class Americans will be able to hear with crystal clarity the blasphemous profanities uttered as shoppers check chicken prices.
The Biden plan almost appears to be a simple solution involving smoke and mirrors. Mr. Moran has pegged the administration as one that seemingly does the opposite of what is needed for stabilization:
“Inflation is high. The solution? Cut spending and shut off the printing press. Oil supplies are failing to meet demand, resulting in higher prices. The answer? Greater production among domestic energy firms. Instead, all the president’s men and women are abandoning reality in favor of some manufactured bogeyman to shield themselves from criticism and pass the buck onto something or somebody else. This is Bidenomics 101: Blame everyone.”
Government mismanagement always seems to hit regular folks the hardest, but the shelves now bare or close to it have Americans of all stripes wondering just how bad it will get under Biden. When securing the most basic of needs becomes impossible to plan for the foreseeable future, something has gone incredibly wrong.
~ Read more from Sarah Cowgill.
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