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MEGHAN MCCAIN: Biden must think Americans are stupid if he believes they blame inflation on Putin

James Carville, the notorious and legendary Democratic political operative, once infamously said:

James Carville, the notorious and legendary Democratic political operative, once infamously said, “It’s the economy, you idiot.”

He coined the term in 1992 while advising President Bill Clinton during his successful run for the White House.

Carville was trying to reach Clinton campaign staff. He wanted his team to communicate to the public that Clinton was focused on the issues most important to them – their bank accounts.

Suggesting that your own staff are “stupid” is one thing.

To suggest that the American people are “stupid” is quite another – and that seems to be President Joe Biden’s approach.

“I’m doing everything in my power through executive orders to bring the price down and deal with Putin’s price hike,” Biden told an audience in Iowa on Tuesday. “Your family budget, your ability to fill your tank, none of that should depend on a dictator declaring war and committing genocide on the other side of the world.”

The White House slogan might as well be “It’s Putin’s fault, you idiot.” And he talks to you and me.

Well, Americans don’t buy it.

A Quinnipiac poll, taken in early April, found 59% disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy.

James Carville, the notorious and legendary Democratic political operative, once infamously said:

James Carville, the notorious and legendary Democratic political operative, once infamously said, “It’s the economy, you idiot.” (Above) President Bill Clinton and James Carville in July 1999 at the White House

Speaking from inside an Iowa ethanol plant on Tuesday (above), Biden announced his latest plan to lower gasoline prices by allowing the summer sale of fuel blends gasoline with a relatively high ethanol content, called E15.

Speaking from inside an Iowa ethanol plant on Tuesday (above), Biden announced his latest plan to lower gasoline prices by allowing the summer sale of fuel blends gasoline with a relatively high ethanol content, called E15.

They can see what is really going on.

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Consumer Report Index showing an 8.5% increase in March compared to the same month last year.

This follows a 7.9% annual increase in February and marks the fastest rise in consumer prices since December 1981.

To put it in the simplest possible terms, it is 8.5% more expensive to live in America and buy food, gas and groceries than it was a year ago.

Rising inflation is also eating away at people’s wages. Even though workers earn more on average, their money doesn’t go that far.

These are staggering numbers and it is overwhelming to even think about what this means for our country, not only economically, but also socially, culturally and politically.

When people struggle to afford to feed their families or fill their gas tanks or live a decent life on an honest daily wage, they understandably start to panic.

And this panic is accompanied by anger, distress, further disappointment and, in the worst circumstances, even violence.

To date, the administration’s talking point is that this is Putin’s inflation.

Not only is this intellectually dishonest, but it is a lie.

Inflation was already heading in this direction long before Putin’s invasion and it got worse.

It doesn’t take an economist to know that pouring $1.9 trillion into an already recovering economy would have consequences.

Bill Clinton’s Treasury Secretary Larry Summers shouted this from the rooftops. Former CEO Andy Puzder wrote about it for DailyMail.com.

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Consumer Report Index showing an 8.5% increase in March compared to the same month last year.

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Consumer Report Index showing an 8.5% increase in March compared to the same month last year.

And now, the president’s solutions to combat this crisis are ridiculously inadequate.

Speaking from inside an ethanol plant in Iowa, Biden announced his latest plan to drive down gasoline prices by allowing the summer sale of gasoline blends at relatively high ethanol content, called E15.

This may be a sign of Biden’s desperation – as previous administrations have resisted sales of this fuel all year, due to concerns among environmentalists that E15 contributes to smog during the hot summer months.

But by the US Department of Energy’s own admission, E15 is sold at just over 2,300 gas stations.

According to the National Association of Convenience Stores, there are more than 115,000 convenience stores selling fuel and potentially 145,000 stores selling gasoline across the country.

So I don’t think we can expect the E15 policy to help that much.

Twenty years after Carville’s campaign plan to focus on economic concerns above all else — he’s puzzled why Biden doesn’t get it.

Maybe the whole Democratic Party forgot about it.

Progressive figures like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez seem to have little to no respect for James Carville and have responded to his Awakening criticisms with outrage, but Carville is a legend for a reason.

People become legends after a long period of time, it doesn’t happen overnight, and legends should be respected and, in my opinion, listened to.

To put it mildly, there is no greater American challenge facing the Biden administration than the economy and the pocketbooks of ordinary Americans, and ordinary Americans are not stupid people.

Good politicians adapt when their political programs don’t work. The economic policies of the Biden administration are clearly not working.

Their energy policies have only served to create more problems at the pumps and drive up the cost of energy in homes.

If you believe, as many in Washington do, that Ron Klain, the president’s chief of staff, is behind all of this, then Democrats must start wondering why he isn’t adjusting his approach.

Beyond blaming Putin, what does Ron Klain have?

They’re just stuck in a partisan silo where everything is fine, even though voters know the truth.

One of the great challenges of this administration is to find a solution to a problem where the answer is not simply “write a check and throw money in it”.

In 1990, after successful military action in Kuwait, President George HW Bush had an 80% job approval rating, which at the time was the highest in Gallup polling history.

Election year in July 1992, his Jobs approval rating plummeted to 29% after Clinton and his party leaders focused their messaging on the economy at the Democratic National Convention.

In just over a year and a half, President HW Bush had gone from having the highest job approval rating to one of the lowest Gallup has measured in its history (slightly better than Harry Truman and Richard Nixon at the end of their presidency).

Biden’s approval rating is already hovering around 40%.

History repeats itself and unless Biden and his administration decide to tackle “the economy, stupid”, without treating Americans as their “stupid”, they are doomed to repeat the history of previous presidencies which failed in their mismanagement of the economy.

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