VP Harris reassures Americans: ‘I acknowledge one must acknowledge that prices are going up’

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Inflation, which in the United States has reached a 40-year high, is a difficult problem for any nation to tackle, once it gets settled in it can be extremely difficult to uproot. For Vice-President Kamala Harris, however, solutions seem to come even harder.

The vice president has undergone considerable criticism, from her complete absence from the border that she is nominally the “czar” of, to her strangely timed laugh tracks during inappropriate moments, to her stammering babble that struck many as incoherent “word salad” reminiscent of a stroke victim when she was supposed to be re-assuring America’s allies in Europe at a gathering in Poland.

The public gaffes and stumbles have even reached Saudi Arabian comedy skits (yes they exist, that isn’t a typo or oxymoron,) with a viral skit showing her scrambling to save a befuddled and incoherent President Joe Biden. In the skit, she’s seen demanding that people clap and trying to save him from his own words, which many have found to be even less coherent than her own.

Recently, Harris went to a Sheet Metal Worker’s Union event, where she spoke and took questions. Many of the questions were focused on inflation, which affects lower-income people such as many blue-collar workers far more than the rich, and has become a major campaign issue for the 2022 midterm elections.

The response of Harris was to offer more strange and vague language that seemed like a blend of incomprehensible “word salad” with the more ordinary vague, meaningless “political-speak” that most politicians engage in:

“I acknowledge one must acknowledge that prices are going up. People are working hard. And in many cases, are worried if they can get through the end of the month and make it all work.”

From this strange “I feel your pain“-esque moment, came more words, but no actual solutions or plans for a solution. One worker stated that “people just want an endpoint. Do you have an endpoint to give them?”

In fairness, this is a hard question to answer, given that even for the most astute economic experts, inflation is not an easy foe to predict. For Harris, however, there wasn’t any kind of real answer whatsoever, just more vagaries:

“What I can say is that people deserve to know that their president, that our administration, is concerned enough to do something about it, so that is what we are doing.”

One can only imagine how reassured the sheet metal workers felt, or how many Democrats will be feeling in 2022, given the not-so-distant defection of the blue-collar to the Republicans in 2016.


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