Who hasn’t been affected by the current surge in inflation in our country? Everything is costing more than at any time in recent history. Thanksgiving coming up in a little more than a week, is set to be the most expensive ever.
The White House is attempting to pin the out-of-control inflation to the Covid-20 pandemic and its lingering effects on the economy. Senior advisor to President Biden, Brian Deese, claims that economic normalcy can be regained by “…getting more workplaces Covid-free, getting more kids vaccinated, so more parents feel comfortable going to work” This was from an interview with NBC News on Sunday. While many inflation-related woes may have started with the shutdowns associated with the beginning of the pandemic, this seems like a statement advancing the Administration’s political agenda of mandatory vaccinations for all, while ignoring many important factors.
It seems important to note that Mr. Biden’s first official act as President was to shut down the Keystone pipeline, followed by ending oil and gas leases on federal land. In addition to this he named anti-energy progressive politicians to his cabinet. These actions alone reduced our supply of energy and drove up the cost of fuel. After enjoying energy independence under the previous administration, America is now dependent on foreign oil which is much more expensive and puts us at the mercy of foreign governments. At the same time, President Biden has given the okay to Russian President Putin to proceed with his own pipeline to move forward. Why?
Thousands of high paying American jobs were lost with no logical explanation given. Many more thousands of jobs are about to be forfeited because of mandates regarding the Covid-19 vaccination requirements being pushed forward by the government. Why would we essentially fire police officers, first responders, medical personnel who worked for over a year directly with Covid patients before there were vaccinations or mandates? All of this is happening at the same time as the Administration has opened the southern border to allow hundreds of thousands of unvetted illegal migrants to flood into the country with no health checks or vaccine requirements whatsoever. They will now be added to the welfare rolls to be supported by American tax dollars, and even rewarded with huge compensation for trauma they endured while illegally entering our country.
The supply chain presents another aspect of the inflationary problems. While hundreds of ships sit at American ports waiting to be unloaded, products on the shelves are dwindling and prices for those products are going up fast.
To be sure, this unprecedented inflation is a complex problem. However, those in the current Administration need to take responsibility for some of the policy decisions which have contributed to the current situation. Throwing more of the taxpayer dollars into welfare programs with the proposed spending packages will do little to improve conditions for the long term.