A Biden administration official who has a knack for making statements that are arrogant and tone-deaf has done so again, this time during a discussion about the historically high gas and diesel fuel prices Americans are paying under the current regime’s anti-fossil fuel policies.
Brian Deese, White House Director of the National Economic Council, told CNN during a Thursday interview essentially that Americans ought to stop complaining because it really isn’t about them.
Deese said families and wage earners suffering under the higher prices must understand that it’s more about “the future of the liberal world order,” even if they can’t afford to keep tanks filled.
He made the extremely hubristic remark during an appearance on CNN’s “Newsroom” with co-host Victor Blackwell after Blackwell noted that U.S. officials have indicated that the war in Ukraine could last for many years.
“The military analyst, the Director of National Intelligence, they say that this could be a long war, measured in years. And I think everybody understands why this is happening,” Blackwell said. “But is it sustainable?” What do you say to those families who say, ‘Listen, we can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years, this is just not sustainable?’”
“Well, what you heard from the president today was a clear articulation of the stakes,” Deese replied. “This is about the future of the liberal world order, and we have to stand firm.
“But at the same time, what I’d say to that family, to Americans across the country, is you have a presidential administration that is going to do everything in its power to blunt those price increases and bring those prices down,” Deese added, without elaborating.
CNN: "What do you say to those families that say, 'listen, we can't afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years?’"
BIDEN ADVISOR BRIAN DEESE: "This is about the future of the Liberal World Order and we have to stand firm." pic.twitter.com/LWilWSo72S
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In fact, the regime’s various mouthpieces have been saying for months something to the effect of, ‘the president gets it and he’s doubling down on efforts to feel your pain’ — while literally doing nothing to alter the upward trajectory of oil prices.
What could Biden do? He could be more like Donald Trump, who adopted fossil-fuel-friendly policies that sent a signal to the industry that he was an ally, not an enemy.
Since Biden’s first day in office he has channeled the left-wing Obamaites running the show behind the scene: He canceled a major pipeline project that had been in the works for more than a decade (Trump approved it); he canceled new drilling leases (Trump approved leases); he declared vast swathes of oil-rich U.S. territory off-limits for drilling and exploration (Trump opened up federal lands); he has tried to increase regulatory burdens on the industry (Trump eased them).
And with every Biden signature affixed to an executive order targeting the fossil fuel industry, the markets have responded accordingly, bidding up the price of a commodity the current administration clearly disfavors.
The Daily Wire also noted that the excuse current prices are to be blamed on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is complete BS: “Gas prices were already skyrocketing under the Biden administration long before Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.”
Deese’s remarks come after Biden told reporters earlier in the day at a brief question and answer session while in Madrid, Spain, at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit that Americans should expect to suffer “as long as it takes” to beat Russia in Ukraine.
“The war has pushed prices up,” a reporter said. “They could go as high as $200 a barrel, some analysts think.”
“How long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war?” the reporter asked.
“As long as it takes so Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine,” Biden said.