They want you… to pay record-high gas prices!
Americans will have to put up with pain at the pump indefinitely in the name of a “liberal world order,” President Biden’s top economic adviser said Thursday — hours after Biden himself said U.S. drivers would “have to shell out big money as long as” as Ukraine needed to defeat a Russian invasion.
During a Thursday appearance on CNN, National Economic Council Director Brian Dees was asked by anchor Victor Blackwell: “Listen, what do you say to families who say we can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for years. . This is not sustainable’?
“What you heard from the President today makes that point clear,” Dees replied. “This is about the future of the liberal world order and we must stand firm.
“But at the same time, what I say to that family and to Americans across the country is that you have a president, an administration that is going to do everything in its power to curtail those price increases and bring those prices down.” Dees added.
Hours earlier, New York Times reporter Jim Tankersley asked Biden at a news conference in Madrid: “War has driven up prices. [Oil] A barrel could go as high as $200, some analysts think. How fair is it to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war?
“As long as it takes,” Biden replied. “Russia, in fact, cannot defeat Ukraine and go beyond Ukraine. It is a critical, critical position for the world.
Republicans and conservatives expressed outrage at Dees’ comments Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called “Completely out of touch” on Twitter.
“Don’t believe rising gas prices are a result of Biden’s bad leadership?” Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz wrote. “Well, his director of the National Economic Council will set the record straight for you. He calls it ‘the future of the liberal world order’.
“The Biden admin has forgotten that he works for the American people and not the ‘liberal world order,'” Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Conn.) said.
“Note how cold Biden’s advisers are to the pain of the American people” Author David Limbaugh tweeted. “There’s no sympathy for liberals being famous for lying. It’s a mini clinic in statism. Like Biden, he’s saying, ‘Government matters to the state, not vice versa.’
“It is clear that the Biden administration has no intention of easing the pain Americans are experiencing at the pump. Instead, their main goal is to force a transition to ‘clean energy’ to appease the ‘liberal world order’. Disgraceful” wrote Rep. Kevin Hearn (R-Okla.).
“Will pass — the Biden administration’s ‘liberal world order’ means destroying the Constitution and spending our entire paychecks on food and filling our gas tanks,” Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) Post. “I’ll hold on to my constitutionally granted liberties, thank you very much.”
Rep. Garrett Graves (R-La.) chimed in saying“We appreciate that Biden’s White House has finally publicly acknowledged what we know as his goal of a ‘liberal world order.’
“Higher gas prices are not a side effect of left-wing policy, it’s a desired effect,” Rep. Thomas Massey (R-Ky.) He said.
Some Democrats also took issue with Deas’ choice of words.
“Democracy says democracy, we are helping to protect a democratic country” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) tweeted.. “Stop talking like Americans read Foreign Policy magazine.”
As millions of Americans prepare to hit the road for the Fourth of July weekend, the average nationwide price for a gallon of gas was $4.842, according to AAA. That’s down more than 17 cents from a record high of $5.016 set on June 14 — but about $1.72 higher than the national average on July 1 of last year.
The Biden administration has tried to pin much of the blame for rising gas prices on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression — but the White House has pointed the finger at oil companies, accusing them of artificially restricting supply by refusing to drill on approved lease sites. Federal Govt.
In mid-June, Biden sent a letter to seven major oil refiners, saying their profit margins were “higher than normal” and adding that they “need to work with my administration” to come up with concrete, near-term solutions to the price crisis. .
However, the following week, the president skipped a meeting between oil executives and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, opting instead to meet with wind industry leaders.
The energy industry and Republicans in Congress have blamed the president’s policies for high gas prices, accusing Biden of kowtowing to environmentalists on his first day in office by canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, canceling new lease sales and slowing approval of other major infrastructure projects.