White House chief of staff Ron Klain believes that everything is great in America right now. He has obviously turned a blind eye toward high inflation, another blind eye towards sky-rocketing gas prices, and a third blind eye to the empty shelves at the local grocery store.
Ron Klain was being interviewed by CNN’s Jake Tapper. He asked the chief of staff about inflation and noted that we are seeing a 30-year high and it is up 6.2%. Tapper said that it is much worse than had been feared.
Biden’s right-hand man replied, “Well, look, I do think, as I said, Jake, things are a lot better in this country than they were a year ago, with regard to COVID, with regard to the economy, but we have a lot of work left to do.”
Klain also said that he believed voters are in “show-me-don’t-tell-me” mode. He said people don’t really care about what he was saying on TV, or what news hosts like Tapper are saying on TV. They really care about the results in their lives.
As close as Klain seems to be with Biden, his views seem to differ from the president’s. President Biden focused the problem on supply chain issues and called this the reason that the United States Dollar was losing buying power.
Biden said during a speech in Baltimore, “The irony is people have more money now because of the first major piece of legislation I passed. You all got checks for $1,400. You got checks for a whole range of things. If you’re a mom and you have kids under the age of 7, you get $300 a month and if it’s over 7 to 17, you’re getting $360 a month.”
Later, the White House had to correct the latter number to $250 per month.
The president believes that this program is changing people’s lives. He went on to question what people are going to do if they have money for getting goods, but there is nothing to buy? Biden said that there is plenty of money floating around and the demand for goods is exceeding the supply.
The president acknowledged that there are new disruptions to America’s supplies. And at the same time, the country is experiencing higher demand for goods because wages are up and people have money in the bank. He said that it was due to the strength of the economic recovery that American families have been able to buy more products.
The president, then, criticized how many people are ordering goods online and not spending their money in their local communities at restaurants, bars, and stores. He blamed COVID-19 for the fact that the American people are not going out to dinner and lunch and going to local bars, even though they are buying more products.
Biden said that they are just staying home and ordering online to buy their products. When you have more people with money buying products and fewer products to buy, you have problems. He focused on the supply chain problems as the reason that prices are going up.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is not only differing from his boss on the state of the economic recovery, but he is also going toe to toe with Former President Donald Trump. On Monday’s “The Last Word” on MSNBC, Klain called former President Donald Trump’s criticism of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill “sour grapes.”
The host of the MSNBC show said that the leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, tried to whip Republican votes in the Senate and the House against this bill. But it was to no avail.