White House dragged over reported harebrained scheme to give Americans gas cards

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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:

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:

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:

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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