You know the Democrats are grasping at straws when you see the White House Twitter account praising President Biden for this year’s increased Social Security checks. Particularly, Cockburn is at pains to point out, as the increase in Social Security is indirectly indexed to inflation.
“Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in ten years through President Biden’s leadership,” the White House bragged on Tuesday.
Even Twitter’s in-house moderators were taken aback, deigning to slap a “context” label on the post.
After helpful users added the missing context on Wednesday, the White House’s tweet mysteriously disappeared. How curious!
In her latest “clean-up-on-aisle-Biden,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre explained that the tweet was “not complete” and had been deleted as it omitted the missing context of decreasing Medicare premiums.
Technically, the intern who manages the White House’s account wasn’t lying. The administration shepherded through the nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan (which added to the trillions spent in 2020) and a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, adding another few hundred billion via the deceptively named Inflation Reduction Act.
As is to be expected when the federal government pumps obscene amounts of money into the economy, inflation has hit its highest point in decades.
So, in a sense, Biden’s leadership has been key to rising Social Security checks. Of course, seniors also have to deal with increased food, gasoline, heating and other simultaneously rising costs — but hey, at least they get more of their own money back through Social Security!
Inadvertently ascribing rising inflation to your own administration would be a dumb idea at any time — but it’s particularly pigheaded when your party is a week out from what will likely be a bruising midterm election.
Perhaps this blunder is just the latest sign of why many Democratic candidates have been keeping a healthy distance from the president this cycle. Cockburn wonders what the Biden administration will be accidentally owning up to next — maybe they could get some electoral kudos by talking up how gas is $4 a gallon?