On Wednesday, top Democrat leaders refused to accept responsibility for the harmful policies that have sparked dramatically higher gas prices and record-smashing inflation, claiming that the American public blames oil companies for those high prices.
Democratic leaders unveiled their plan to “tackle the pain families are feeling at the pump,” calling for new legislation that would attack oil companies and blame them for the current state of affairs.
Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate’s top Democrat, declined to lay blame on his own party, pointing instead to Russia and coronavirus supply chain failures as the reason for the high costs.
“Americans ‘understand’ that Russia’s vicious, hostile, and bitter invasion of Ukraine has resulted in increased gas prices. They are aware that due to COVID-related supply constraints, shortages have occurred at a time when demand is rapidly increasing,” Schumer said while also blaming market manipulation and big oil.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Dem from CA) is also in denial, publicly claiming that Americans don’t blame Democrats for high costs.
“No. I don’t believe the public is blaming Democrats. I believe they’re blaming oil corporations. They’ll blame us all if we don’t do anything about the fossil fuel business,” Pelosi said to a reporter, showing little comprehension when confronted with the idea of Americans holding Dems accountable in the midterms.
“If the GOP is standing in the way of a policy to break the grip of big oil on American consumers, do you believe they’ll blame it on Dems,” she asked.
Despite their denials, surveys after surveys indicate that the vast majority of Americans hold Democrats and Biden responsible for ever-increasing gasoline costs and runaway inflation.
However, Biden’s strategy of blame shifting to the Republicans rather than accepting responsibility for his own policies, which include shutting down American energy independence and printing trillions and trillions of dollars, appears to be in line with reports that he is planning on avoiding damage of these problems by blaming others.
Gas prices have hit record highs under Biden’s leadership, inflation has reached a 40-year peak, and the United States’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2022.