Rising Prices, Empty Store Shelves Threaten Biden & Democrats

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Rising prices exacerbate Joe Biden’s attempt to restore normalcy to America following the pandemic, which has major political ramifications for the President and Democrats.

Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg stated that supply chain issues will persist into 2022, implying that Democrats face a rugged midterm political landscape in the run-up to the midterm elections.

Biden and Democrats will undoubtedly bear the brunt of the blame in next month’s elections and 2022. The cost of living gives Republicans an opportunity to argue that Biden’s presidency was a failure. Rising discontent fits neatly into Donald Trump’s narrative of decay and national humiliation.

Presidents in their first term virtually often face congressional election censure. This time, Democrats hold the thinnest of House and Senate majorities. A slew of issues, including a constrained labor market, contribute to a nationwide pre-election year climate of discontent. In a year, the pandemic’s curse may have passed the country by.

Covid-19-related deaths and hospitalizations are expected to continue dropping over the coming few weeks. The Delta variant and Biden’s untimely announcement of partial triumph over the pandemic have also shattered any hopes of returning to normalcy by late this year.

According to a recent study, 69% of Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. Additionally, satisfaction with Biden has fallen as he attempts to advance his agenda.

Joe Biden stated that Covid-19 was “the most pressing issue confronting the American people.” Biden has fallen short of his standard for problem-solving since becoming an office. If the President cannot persuade Americans that he did what he was hired to do, Democrats will face challenging re-election contests.

Rising prices
Rising prices

Rising prices, among a slew of other challenges, are expected to persist into 2022.

Joe Biden’s presidency has been less assured, and his message has been less resonating than during the 2020 campaign. The bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan and the terse response to the COVID19 crisis have heightened the sense of a president whose office is overwhelmed by events.

Some encouraging indicators regarding the pandemic. He asserts that economic activity and job creation could accelerate if the virus recedes from the United States. However, a sense of interrupted normalcy persists as parents seek vaccinations for children under 12.

On that account, Buttigieg’s comment on “State of the Union” is the latest indication that a post-pandemic economic boom capable of masking other concerns and persuading voters to stick with Biden is far from guaranteed.

“Certainly, many of the challenges we’ve encountered this year will continue into next year,” Buttigieg said.

There are both short-term and long-term steps that we can take to address this issue”.

Buttigieg comments came following a caution from Moody’s Analytics last week that supply chain issues “will worsen before they improve.”

Biden cannot simply force businesses to improve their performance. The supply chain crisis has complex causes, is highly complicated, and is influenced by factors beyond the President’s control. And it is driving demand, which in turn causes rising prices, raising the cost of living.

Rising prices
Rising prices

Growing demand fuels rising prices.

Buttigieg, a rising Democratic political figure, is suddenly embroiled in a grave political dilemma. Buttigieg may have assumed that the Transportation Department would provide a relatively safe political landing pad.

Indeed, he painted the crisis – or, at the very least, the issue of excessive consumer demand – as a reflection of the President’s success.

“Each of those ships is packed with record amounts of goods that Americans are purchasing because demand is up, income is up, and the President has effectively navigated our economy out of a disastrous recession,” Buttigieg said on “State of the Union.”

Buttigieg contended that passing Biden’s stalled bipartisan infrastructure bill would help alleviate the supply chain issue. The White House is painfully aware of the issue’s negative political impact and the ramifications for everyday Americans following a trying year.

Buttigieg: “If you care about inflation, you should care about more than simply supply chain and infrastructural challenges.” Paid family leave, lessening the cost of child care, and expanding access to community college are all critical pillars of Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan.

Democrats can only hope that things change before next year’s midterm elections. While many of the barriers to Biden’s presidency appear impossible if the US finally reaches the endgame of the pandemic, global energy prices begin to decline, and the supply chain crunch eases as the rest of the world moves closer to defeating Covid, voters may feel more optimistic as the midterm elections approach.

However, the economic picture is bleak at the moment.

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