Washington Post editorial claims Democrats ‘appear to deny’ inflation


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A recent Washington Post column argued that Democrats “seem to deny” inflation.

Inflation hit a record high of 7.9% in February, and Americans noticed an impact, especially at the gas station.

These data were collected largely before global energy price spike linked to Russia,” Rampell wrote Thursday in an article titled “Americans Unhappy With Economy. Many on the left don’t want to hear it.” “Which suggests that next month’s headline inflation could be worse.”

Display of fuel prices at a Shell gas station in Hercules, California, U.S., Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Americans aren’t happy with the current economy and “many on the left don’t want to hear it,” she said.

“In recent months, many Democrats and their allies have approached the (political) problem of inflation either by denying that any serious problem exists or by acknowledging that it exists but demagoguery about its cause,” continued Rampell.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, speaks with reporters during her weekly press conference at the US Capitol Visitors Center on December 15, 2021 in Washington.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, speaks with reporters during her weekly press conference at the US Capitol Visitors Center on December 15, 2021 in Washington. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rampell added that some Democrats argued inflation was not a big deal and blamed the hype around the price hike on the media and Republicans. She says media coverage of the economy has missed the mark and argues that the price of gas isn’t “really” at an all-time high if adjusted for the “changing value of the dollar”.

“It’s a delusion to think that ordinary people wouldn’t care much about inflation if only the media stopped talking about it. People notice when they pay more for groceries, rent, gas, pet food, diapers. It’s painful. It’s unsettling,” he added. she says.

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The editorial says the media has been talking about high inflation for 40 years because Americans care about it and are affected by it and “not the other way around.”

“And complaining about media coverage won’t help Democrats address voters’ legitimate concerns — or win their votes,” Rampell said.

President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media outside a voter service center, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media outside a voter service center, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Biden continued to blame Russia for rising inflation and rising gas prices, despite rising months before Russia invaded Ukraine. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA., has also used the term “Putin’s price hike” or “Putin’s gas hike” to describe prices at the gas pump.

Gas rose 6.6% and accounted for almost a third of the price increases.

Rampell also said Democrats have blamed inflation on “corporate greed,” adding that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., may be the “most visible champion” of that excuse. Biden also blamed corporations.

“The solution, then, is to find new ways to shame and punish corporations,” she observed.


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