President Biden used the recent soaring gas prices to argue against the Republican plan to pass infrastructure costs on to the working people.
President Biden is cleverly using the rise in gas prices to crush Republicans' efforts to pass the cost of infrastructure improvements on to working people. pic.twitter.com/1kPHThs9gi
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) May 12, 2021
President Biden said:
I am encouraged that there is room for compromise on a bipartisan bill that is solid, meaningful and means paying for it without dropping the entire burden on the middle and working class. Look, what's the only thing people worry about with the gas? Petrol? The price increases. Exactly right, and it matters if you are making $ 40,000 a year.
It matters whether you are a two-family person making $ 80,000 or $ 90,000, or two wage earners. It is important. What I don't want to do, and this is another discussion that we didn't get into today, is how to pay for it. And if everything is paid for by a usage fee, then the burden will fall on the working class people who have problems, and we will get them out of the – and they get around, but it has to be a burden that is spread across the spectrum .
When politicians start talking about pay and usage fees, most Americans glaze over their eyes and tune out.
The reason Biden has been so effective with his message is because he's able to take DC jargon and turn it into something that can be related for the American people.
President Biden was right. Increased gas prices are important to workers. Increased usage fees are a concern for people who use the infrastructure on a daily basis to get to work or school, or when the cost of family vacation increases a little higher.
Biden gets it and seems to make every decision with the working people in mind.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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