White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki minimized the strain that the inflation crisis is putting on Americans as she was asked about President Biden’s decision to go to “a billionaire’s compound in Nantucket” for the most expensive Thanksgiving in history.
“What message does it send to the middle-class Americans President Biden says that he’s trying to help who are struggling this week to cover the cost of the most expensive Thanksgiving ever, that the president is going to take a few days off at a billionaire’s compound in Nantucket?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked.
“Well, first I would say, I don’t know if you’ve ever cooked a turkey before, but a twenty-pound turkey is a pretty big turkey, I think we can all agree. They’re about $1 more,” Psaki said.
It should be noted that the price of a turkey is 24% more expensive than last year, and the overall Thanksgiving dinner is 14% more expensive.
“So not to minimize that, any increase in prices is something the president is concerned about, as is evidenced by his announcement today and as his efforts to push forward on additional relief for the American people,” Psaki continued. “But I just want to be clear that there’s an abundance of Turkeys available, about $1 more for a 20-pound bird, which is a huge bird, if you’re feeding a very big family and that’s something that again, we’ve been working to make sure people have more money in their pockets to address it as the economy is turning back on.”
While the Biden administration claims they have been working “to make sure people have more money in their pockets,” inflation has resulted in people earning less. According to the Department of Labor, as of October 2021 “real average hourly earnings” and “real average weekly earnings” had decreased 1.2% and 1.6% from last year, respectively.
In contrast, the Trump economy saw an increase in “real average hourly earnings” and “real average weekly earnings” 3.2% and 5.0%, respectively, from pre-pandemic October 2019 to the height of the pandemic in October 2020.
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While vacationing in the island of St. Croix for the holidays, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the massive $1.65 omnibus spending package.
The whopping 4,155 pages was supported by only nine House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans. Majority of criticism from the GOP includes concerns that the bill was rushed and crammed with wasteful spending by a lame-duck Democratic-dominated Congress. The recourse will punish American families by adding to the national debt and exacerbate inflation.
“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding — and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine,” Biden tweeted. “Looking forward to more in 2023.”
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “praised the bill on the grounds that it represents a real decrease in discretionary spending. He presented it as a positive that nondefense spending jumped by only 5.5 percent, from $730 billion to $772.5 billion, amid an inflation rate of 7.1 percent” writes National Review.
“The bipartisan government-funding bill that Senators Shelby and Leahy have finished negotiating does exactly the opposite of what the Biden administration first proposed,” he said. “This bill provides a substantial real-dollar increase to the defense baseline . . . and a substantial real-dollar cut to the non-defense, non-veterans baseline,” McConnell insisted as negotiations were wrapping up.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, however, stated his strong disapproval of the bill before it even advanced. Affirming a letter from 13 House Republicans, McCarthy demanded the bill is reckless, irresponsible, and a “purposeful refusal to secure and defend our borders.”
For example, it failed to incorporate protections for Title 42, the pandemic policy that allows illegal immigrants to be expelled on a public-health basis, which currently hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.
National Review adds, “The funding in the bill, which averted a federal government shutdown before the new year, includes an allocation of $45 billion in defense assistance to Ukraine. Some Republican priorities, such as Electoral Count Act reform and a bigger military budget, were nested in with Democratic appropriations, such as increased funding for Medicaid and food stamps.”
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