Tool of the Week: Biden the inflation maker

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 17, 2022

Between begging the Saudis to hold off on cutting oil production until after next month’s election to holding another Inflation Reduction Act rally while prices for everything soar, it was an impressive tool-worthy week for President Joe Biden.

As CNBC reported, the Biden administration asked Saudi Arabia, the de-facto leader of oil producer group OPEC, to delay its decision on oil output by a month, the kingdom said in a statement. The Saudis told Joe to go pound sand, with OPEC announcing its largest supply cut since 2020.

Biden, whose first act in office was to strangle domestic energy production, has been accused of playing politics with U.S. energy security. U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis. 7th CD) is asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open an investigation into the White House, which appears to have been trying to stave off rapidly rising gasoline prices in the lead up to what promises to be a disastrous mid-term election for Democrats.

Tiffany tells Empower Wisconsin the administration’s actions “may very well constitute an illegal solicitation of a foreign in-kind contribution by the White House on behalf of Democrats’ midterm campaign efforts.”

“These are very serious allegations, and if the Biden administration did, in fact, attempt to coordinate with a foreign government to influence the U.S. election, that’s something the American people deserve to know,” the lawmaker said. “Speaker Pelosi and Congress have a responsibility to get to the bottom of these deeply troubling reports as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Biden traveled to one of the few politically safe spaces left to him — crazy California — to congratulate himself on the so-called inflation Reduction Act, another massive government spending initiative. The party was scheduled the same day his own administration was reporting inflation levels at 40-year highs. Biden’s plan to whip inflation has been a huge failure, and American voters are about to take their frustrations out on the president’s big-spending friends at the polls.

The tool-in-chief once more is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.

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