by Brittany Raymer
Former Digital Writer & Editor
Worried that politics are going to come up around the dinner table this Thanksgiving and you’ll have a difficult time defending President Joe Biden’s agenda against your uncle’s questioning? Never fear, the Biden administration is here with a cheat sheet of sorts with 24 of the president’s top accomplishments
Posted by White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain on Twitter, it is designed to help liberal-minded Americans with talking points that they can use to push against “that uncle” that comes “at you” about the president during the Thanksgiving feast.
What’s the holidays without a bit of political propaganda.
The first on the list is “Tackling Inflation & Lowering Costs,” with bringing down gas prices to “$1.35 a gallon since June” as the first “accomplishment.”
So, what happens if the uncle points out that gas prices are still a $1.507 more expensive than November 2020? The administration doesn’t seem to have a good answer for that, or at least there isn’t one provide on the cheat sheet.
Additionally, the administration claims that “inflation is moderating.” The host of your Thanksgiving feastwould probably strongly disagree with that assertion based on their grocery bill.
When it comes to the economy, the White House argues that “Despite global challenges, WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS” (emphasis in the original).
The first bullet point is that “10 million jobs” have been created, and that unemployment is “near record lows.”
That might be true, but it’s not the whole story. The John Locke Foundation has covered a growing number of layoffs in big tech and the entertainment industry. Most of those impact white collar workers. As companies are restructuring after a pandemic hiring binge, it’s employees that are paying the price.
The looming recession that many business leaders foresee on the horizon worldwide doesn’t get a mention at all. There appears to be no answer if that troublesome uncle asks that question as well.
Political discourse and disagreements within a family is nothing new, especially around the holidays—but an administration putting out a cheat sheet to help people defend the president is a little much.