Oh We Didn’t Mean That…

What We Really Meant Was

Whether you’re running a small corner store, a Fortune 500 company, an organization or a nation, you have to know what you’re doing and mean what you say. In the current administration they keep changing the spoken word with a “what we really meant was.”
Yesterday it was reported the President was angry at his team for constantly putting out corrections. The obvious question, of course, is why do they have too? Look in the mirror Mr. President, most of them involve you and an off script answer. Though yesterday you had company.

Well, maybe she was feeling bad for the President yesterday when Secretary of The Treasury gave an interview that left us saying – “did she really just say….?”
Then later, true to form, the administration tried to pull back a little. What did Janet Yellen say?

Her answer to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer when asked if it was a mistake to downplay the risk of inflation was this:
“Well, look, I think I was wrong then about the path that inflation would take. … [T]here have been unanticipated and large shocks to the economy that have boosted energy and food prices and supply bottlenecks that have affected our economy badly that I … at the time didn’t fully understand. But we recognize that now.”

There is so much in that one paragraph it’s hard to know where to start.
You mean when the rest of us saw prices rising and were yelling about inflation and you said it was “transatory” you were wrong? We, the shoppers, knew more than you the former Fed chair and Secretary of Treasury now?
When you were encouraging more spending you didn’t know inflation was firing up for real?
What did you think taking us away from non dependence on foreign oil was going to do to the price of oil?
You didn’t know that when oil rises it impacts the price of everything?
And now you still want to spend more with Build Back Better?
You know that you and the President are wrong that this will help reduce inflation, it will drive it.
So how did her Treasury react to this statement?
“The Secretary was pointing out that there have been shocks to the economy that have exacerbated inflationary pressures which couldn’t have been foreseen 18 months ago, including Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine, multiple successive variants of COVID, and lockdowns in China.”

Nice try, but the confidence level in this administration managing inflation is way – way – way – down.

Then a little later the President was talking about the infant formula shortage issue. His statement was that they had no idea closing one Abbott lab would cause a problem like this.
That lab does 40% of the nations formula. It’s the production number, Mr. President, not the number of plants.

Do these two statements, hours apart, give you any confidence that anyone in this administration knows what they are doing?

Then to cap it all off the President said he didn’t see how to get back to $3.00 a gallon for gas.
First of all, “back to?” The price of gas on the day you were elected was $2.10. It was $2.39 the day you took office. Back to?
I thought you were Scranton Joe and understood from your kitchen table what the price of gas does to families.
You can’t get the prices down because you are willing to buy from others rather than drill here for some reason. Why drilling there and not here helps the environment, you haven’t explained – and can’t.
The price will only come down when you drive this economy into recession and we are driving the economy.

Let’s not even get onto Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who continues to look at us and say the border is closed and under control. Here’s a report from yesterday:
The U.S. has added more than 2 million immigrants to its population since President Biden took office in 2021, the vast majority of them here illegally.

Yea, the border is closed like inflation is temporary and closing one lab won’t matter.

So much more, but you get the message. We need to fix our nation.

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