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Jen Psaki's 'Let Them Eat Hot Dogs' Take on Soaring Prices Doesn't Go Over Well


The White House really stepped in it when they tried to sell Americans that they really weren’t paying more for things this year at their July 4th cookout.

Don’t believe your own eyes and the money you know you’re shelling out of your own pocket, they said, believe our jokey little video.

Fox’s Peter Doocy asked Jen Psaki if she was really trying to sell to Americans that 16 cents was significant, with everything else going up, especially gas prices?

Putting out the crazy tweet means they’re worried about inflation, that they know it’s an issue for them and that people are feeling it. But the response is bad, with a take straight from Marie Antoinette. She gave him the “let them eat hot dogs” take: “If you don’t like hot dogs you may not care about the reduction of cost.” Yes, that 16 cents doesn’t mean much when everything is up, including gas by more than $1.00. There are all sorts of things you might be able to lie about in government. But when you’re telling people to their faces that they’re not not seeing the rise in prices they know they are, then they’re not going to let you get away with the lies.

From Townhall:

According to AAA, the nationwide average for unleaded fuel hit $3.09 per gallon, the highest ahead of the Fourth of July weekend since 2014. And as more states and businesses relax restrictions put in place due to the Wuhan coronavirus, this weekend will see 43.6 million Americans — the most travelers so far this year — hit the road, per AAA. “Today, 89 percent of US gas stations are selling regular unleaded for $2.75 or more. That is a stark increase over last July 4 when only a quarter of stations were selling gas for more than $2.25,” a spokesperson said.

That hot dog story is exactly that, a story. That’s actually higher, too, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Townhall’s analysis of data from May 2021 (the most recent month for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported average price data), the cost of fruit, meat, vegetables, and beverages reached near decade-highs.

Frankfurters for the grill average 3.652 per pound, the highest May number recorded in the last decade by BLS. Malt beverages, at 1.506 per 16 ounces, also top the monthly reading over the last ten years. As does white bread (1.511 per pound), chocolate chip cookies (4.019 per pound), and bacon (6.436).

While not everything on Americans’ shopping lists hit decade-highs in the most recent data, many other items are more expensive than they were in 2019. Ground beef, ground chuck, potato chips, chicken breast, soft drinks, bacon, and chicken legs are all going to set Americans back more than during the last pre-COVID summer.

The White House seems to be referencing Farm Bureau statistics. But even the Farm Bureau stats say that the price of the full July 4th meal will be a little more, 16 cents actually, not less.




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