The White House social media staff set off some fireworks it didn’t need Thursday when it tried to counter (*4*) by claiming Americans will get pleasure from cheaper Independence Day events this yr.
“Planning a cookout this year?” the groan-worthy tweet began. “Ketchup on the news. According to the Farm Bureau, the cost of a 4th of July BBQ is down from last year. It’s a fact you must-hear(d). Hot dog, the Biden economic plan is working. And that’s something we can all relish.”
The tweet was accompanied by a GIF laying out the worth change for choose meals objects. Among them: the price of two kilos of floor beef is down 8 p.c on final yr, the worth of a pound of sliced cheese and a 13-ounce bag of potato chips are each down 1 p.c, and the price of a half-gallon of vanilla ice cream is down 5 p.c from 2020.
The financial savings for the entire meal: 16 cents.
However, it appears the White House social media staff forgot to verify in with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) earlier than posting the declare. Last week, the USDA famous that the consumer price index for grocery retailer and grocery store meals purchases was up 0.7 p.c over May of final yr. The USDA additionally projected that grocery retailer and grocery store costs would improve between 2 and three p.c this yr.
Earlier this month, the Labor Department reported that its Consumer Price Index confirmed that inflation had gone up 5 p.c since May 2020, the biggest 12-month improve since a 5.4 p.c bump for the interval ending in August 2008.
Twitter customers of all political persuasions expressed outrage on the spin try.
“This reminds me of the passage in [George Orwell’s novel] 1984 where they celebrate the chocolate ration going up when it actually was reduced by 10 grams,” former Republican National Committee official Liz Harrington mentioned.
“People love when politicians tell them life is easier than they think,” Republican strategist John Ashbrook added.
“Still laughing about this,” Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy remarked. “Sixteen cents. And of course it includes ice cream. Beyond parody.”
“With an unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our border, soaring gas prices, and more out of control spending that will cripple our future generations, the Biden Administration is bragging about saving us $0.04 on sliced cheese,” lamented Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah).
“[I]’m the guy who voted for Biden so cheese prices would fall 1 [percent], this is better than universal healthcare,” one liberal Twitter person quipped.
“Reducing potato chip prices by 1 [percent] is practically the same thing as cancelling student debt, right?” requested one other person.
Others famous that the Biden administration’s triumphant declare didn’t seem to take the price of driving to and from the shop or cookout into consideration.
“Good news: you can save 16 cents on the groceries for your cookout this year,” tweeted Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Ala). “Bad news: the gas to get to the store will cost you 42 [percent] more than last year.”
AAA reported Thursday evening that the nationwide common value for a gallon of normal gasoline had risen to $3.12, the very best it’s been on Independence Day weekend since 2014.
“Today, 89 [percent] of U.S. gas stations are selling regular unleaded for $2.75 or more,” AAA spokesperson Jeanette McGee mentioned in a press release. “That is a stark increase over last July 4 when only a quarter of stations were selling gas for more than $2.25.”