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The Biden administration White House is being ridiculed over an establishment media report that it’d “considered giving Americans gas cards to help offset high prices” up until congressional Democrats told them to cut it out.
“The White House this week considered having the IRS send gas cards to Americans — a short-lived idea that some key House Democrats vehemently opposed,” Axios confirmed on Saturday.
Congressional Democrats reportedly found the idea extraordinarily unappealing because it’d “be expensive and poorly targeted,” “worsen inflation and wouldn’t do much to lower costs” and “be a slow process that could bog down the IRS in the middle of the filing season.”
While their reasons were valid, the public glommed on to some other reasons, like the fact that the administration is apparently willing to do anything — virtually anything — to deal with exorbitant gas prices, except for, you know, rolling back their anti-gas/oil policies:
Anything except creating jobs in America making us energy independent https://t.co/LlI2fRNlfK
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 19, 2022
So instead of increased drilling at home and getting rid of the federal gas tax, they instead will give you back your tax money, under the guise of helping you, and you are supposed to be happy.
— linda thompson (@lthomps54) March 19, 2022
Or… and stick with me here, or how about they reopen our own pipelines and allow for lower gas prices. It’s not difficult. It’s basic economics. If we can supply our own, plus costs of shipping will lower, thus lowering prices.
— James Ronald Halpert-Swanson (@HalpertSwanson) March 19, 2022
The White House is literally looking at every solution but the one that would actually help…rescind Biden’s Executive Orders that restricted oil drilling.
— K Blank (@kjblank80) March 19, 2022
Any hair brained scheme except the most logical thing to do.
— Alan Weick (@AlanWeick) March 19, 2022
How about lessening barrirers for production instead
— knives millions (@Lifekeystones) March 19, 2022
Everything but more domestic production.
— Alex P. (@Cali_Persian) March 19, 2022
They could just like let American companies drill.
— mr. strategery (@strategery43) March 19, 2022
Critics say the primary culprit behind the current gas price crisis are the administration’s gas/oil-stymieing policies.
“[T]he Biden administration has pursued a number of policies designed to make it more expensive to produce fossil-fuel energy in an effort to reach a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” according to Reason magazine.
“In fact, environmentalists cheered Biden’s bold moves just a week into his presidency as ‘the most remarkable day in the history of America’s official response to the climate crisis.’ As Bill McKibben wrote in The New Yorker, Biden’s actions marked ‘the official beginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era.'”
The administration’s gas/oil-stymieing policies have included “halting new permits for drilling and leases on federal lands,” “shutting down the planned Keystone XL pipeline” and even “proposing the end of tax credits for new drilling and exploration projects.”
Critics say it’s no coincidence that gas prices didn’t begin to climb exponentially fast til after President Joe Biden took office in early 2021:
Contrary to media narrative, gas prices were on the rise well before the invasion of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/OE9EuZ7JgT
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) March 8, 2022
Democrats will try to blame historic gas prices on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But the facts show otherwise:
On Day 1, Biden halted the Keystone Pipeline and issued a moratorium on new oil and gas permits on federal lands. Then he gave the green light on a pipeline for Putin. pic.twitter.com/lexxG3ZJUb
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 7, 2022
They say the same about inflation, which has similarly spiked since Biden took office, largely because of all the spending he’s passed and proposed.
And so to see the president propose even more spending — more spending to, specifically, give out as gas card freebies — seems to prove that this administration lacks even the most basic comprehension of economics, critics say.
After all, spending even more after having already overspent only means triggering even more inflation:
We heard you like some inflation so here’s some more inflation on top of your inflation.
— Pookiebug (@couchwarmer247) March 19, 2022
These idiots in the whitehouse don’t understand basic economics and are like a rudderless ship. It’s just amazing.
— Observer (@Observer00010) March 19, 2022
the lack of basic economics understanding in this administration is superseded only by their ineptitude in basic planning.
— centwrist (@centwrist) March 19, 2022
Isn’t this part of the reason we are in this situation?
— Kearney (@KerryRoberts55) March 19, 2022
Oh, great. More inflation.
— Carlos (@GreatBigRepub) March 20, 2022
While the gas price plan is out of contention for now, other plans remain.
“There’s a variety of ideas being discussed to ensure that the costs American families are feeling at the pump are as minimal as possible,” a White House spokesperson told Axios.
These plans, some of which would require congressional action, include “stimulus checks, using more ethanol to lower the demand for oil, and canceling oil companies’ federal leases that aren’t actively being used.”
“Various Democrats have also already introduced bills that would suspend the federal gas tax; raise taxes on oil companies to fund means-tested assistance; or provide a federal rebate whenever gas prices get above $4 per gallon,” according to Axios.
Not included anywhere is a plan to, you know, simply stop attacking gas/oil companies …
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