It’s long been known that the far-left wing of the Democratic Party often sees opportunity in some of the worst situations facing the country, and that point was emphasized again last week by a current official within the Biden regime.
The war between Russia and Ukraine has created significant disruptions of major commodities including food, energy, and even agricultural products. To the latter, Russia is the world’s largest exporter of fertilizer, and now that the U.S. government has sanctioned Moscow following its invasion, fertilizer available to American farmers is in much shorter supply this year.
Taken to the extreme, that likely means less overall food production this year — a bad thing for farmers who depend on food production for their income but also bad because it will add to already-strained global food and commodities supply chain issues.
But hey, nothing like a little food shortage to deny the always-thinking left-wing activists in the administration the chance to use this looming crisis to political advantage — because it’s always about moving the ball down the field for Democrats, regardless who gets hurt in the process.
Enter perpetual government employee Samantha Power, a former ambassador to the United Nations under then-President Barack Obama who is now a retread Biden official. The current USAID administrator told ABC News that, not to worry about food and fertilizer shortages, there is a chance here to advance the insanity agenda surrounding ‘climate change.’
“Fertilizer shortages are real now because Russia’s a big exporter of fertilizer,” Power said. “And even though fertilizer is not sanctioned less fertilizer is coming out of Russia. As a result, we’re working with countries to think about natural solutions like manure and compost.”
“And this may hasten transitions that would’ve been in the interest of farmers to make eventually any anyway,” she said. “So, never let a crisis go to waste. But we really do need this financial support from the Congress to be able to meet emergency food needs. So we don’t see the cascading deadly effects of Russia’s war…”
Food and fertilizer shortages resulting in lower food production and higher costs at a time when there is already an inflation problem and you get the potential to move forward the ‘transformative climate change agenda.’ Oh, and toss in much higher diesel fuel prices for a nice touch.
But again, this should not be any surprise. Biden the Gaffe Machine spilled the beans in February when he said, “With regard to food shortage, yes we did talk about food shortages, and it’s gonna be real.”
Throw that in with all of these mysterious fires at food production facilities, and a good conspiracy theorist could likely write a pretty good Hollywood political thriller.
To that latter point about energy, in a new warning sign for Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterms, new reports on Monday indicate just how much gasoline and diesel prices have risen under the Joe Biden presidency.
“To be fair, gas prices moderated modestly toward the end of April, but remain above $4 a gallon,” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, said in a statement last week.
“Since the start of the Biden administration, gas prices are up over 80 percent. This record of futility drives home the basic economics of the situation: Either admit you want gas (and other carbon-based fuel) prices higher and sell it politically on the merits, or take some real, permanent action on domestic production that stands a chance of increasing supply enough to reduce gas prices,” he added.
Meanwhile, automotive service AAA noted that the average price of diesel fuel has risen to $5.32 a gallon, which is no doubt adding to inflation as the cost of transporting goods to market is leading higher food and commodities prices.