Manchin disappointed many in the GOP when he went along with Biden’s nomination of radical judge Kentanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, viewing his vote for the justice that many contend was soft on child porn offenders as a judge as shockingly bad and not at all what his constituents would want.
Still, however, Manchin hasn’t gone full leftist. Inflation remains an issue that seems important to him, one important enough for him to ditch the DNC’s “Putin Price Hike” line and go after the real causes of inflation in a statement Manchin posted on Twitter after inflation hit 8.5%, a four-decade high:
My statement on consumer inflation rising to 8.5%, the largest 12 month increase in four decades: pic.twitter.com/qlKlDVU2Vu
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) April 12, 2022
In the statement, Manchin hammered everyone responsible for the inflation crisis, namely a spendthrift Congress and feckless Federal Reserve, saying:
“Let me be clear, inflation is a tax, and today’s historic inflation data tells another chilling story about how these taxes on Americans are completely out of control. Hard-earned wages and financial savings are disappearing faster every month as prices continue to climb, while the pain and frustration of spending more on everyday items linger over us all, especially among those who can afford it the least. Americans are seeing some of the largest increases in goods such as gas up 48%, beef up 16%, chicken and milk up 13%, and staples like coffee and eggs are up 11%.
“When will this end? It is a disservice to the American people to act as if inflation is a new phenomenon. The Federal Reserve and the Administration failed to act fast enough, and today’s data is a snapshot in time of the consequences being felt across the country. Instead of acting boldly, our elected leaders and the Federal Reserve continue to respond with half-measures and rhetorical failures searching for where to lay the blame. The American people deserve the truth about why record inflation is happening and what must be done to control it.
“Here is the truth, we cannot spend our way to a balanced, healthy economy and continue adding to our $30 trillion national debt. Getting inflation under control will require more aggressive action by a Federal Reserve that waited too long to act. It demands the Administration and Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, support an all-the-above energy policy because that is the only way to bring down the high price of gas and energy while attacking climate change. The United States of America is equipped to be energy independent from Russia and other terror-sponsoring countries while also working to fight global climate change and break our dependence on the critical mineral supply change from China.
“The inflation number today is only the beginning unless we take immediate action to address the pain being felt across our nation. This is one problem facing the American people that one political party alone cannot fix. The American people cannot wait any longer.”
That’s a bold statement, but one that Americans certainly need to hear. Inflation is a real problem, not one that can be dealt with by engaging in empty rhetoric and half measures.
Breaking the back of inflation will prove difficult, painful, and a radical change of policy for a Congress used to spending whatever it wants and a people whose economy is propped up by easy money from the Fed.
But, unless Bidenflation is to be allowed to roar on forever, we need to actually deal with it; our legislators and the Fed need to take major action to rationalize the economy and monetary policy. Until then, all those at whose feet Manchin lays the blame will be responsible for the wildly out of control inflation we’re now experiencing.
This story syndicated with permission from Will, Author at Trending Politics
Notice: This article may contain commentary that reflects the author's opinion.
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