President Joe Biden claims to be fighting the inflation plaguing working Americans, but even the left-leaning Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” has subpoenaed him for making unrealistic promises.
In an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Biden made a series of bold claims about the US economy
Faced with these claims, Post Fact Checker columnist Glenn Kessler took a closer look. It turns out that Biden missed the mark of truth.
Biden began by claiming that under his administration, families have less debt and more savings, and that the job market is the strongest he’s had “since the post-WWII era.”
The inflation of the moment just needs the right policies and his plan to control them, Biden wrote.
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“With the right policies, the US can move from recovery to stable, steady growth and lower inflation without giving up all of those historic gains,” Biden continued.
But then Biden made what Kessler called a “fantastic” claim.
“A dozen CEOs of America’s largest utilities told me earlier this year that my plan would cut the average family’s annual electric bills by $500 and accelerate our transition from autocrat-produced energy,” Biden wrote.
Kessler was skeptical.
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“That line caught our attention,” he wrote. “After all, a typical US family spends an average of $2,060 a year on household bills, according to the most recent estimate released by EnergyStar.gov. So Biden promises big savings,” he wrote.
Kessler examined Biden’s claim more closely and found it to be false.
First, during the call Biden had with utility executives Feb. 9, there was no indication of $500 in utility savings, Kessler wrote, linking to a White House transcript of the event.
That $500 figure appears to be linked to Biden’s plans to tackle climate change and a report by research firm Rhodium Group that predicted Biden’s climate change policies could reduce energy costs by 2030.
“First, that’s eight years from now — not much help with the current inflation issue that framed Biden’s commentary,” Kessler wrote.
Kessler also criticized Biden’s unrealistic calculation of utility bills for American homes, virtually ignoring the Rhodium report figures. He didn’t even factor in the cost of driving, which made up a large part of the sum offered by the Rhodium Group.
According to the Rhodium report, Biden’s plans would not save astronomical amounts of money.
“Indeed, the report finds that if the Biden climate plan is adopted, residential electricity bills by 2030 would be between $1 more and $5 less than under current policies. That might pay for an extra ice cream cone in the summer,” Kessler wrote.
After that assessment, even the Liberal Post’s “fact checker” couldn’t ignore how wrong Biden was with his facts.
“Is there any doubt that the President deserves four Pinocchios?” Kessler wrote.
This is the highest wrongness score given by Fact Checker.
A Pinocchio would move on to “some shades of fact”. Selective telling of the truth.” Two Pinocchios stand for “significant omissions and/or exaggerations” and three for “factual errors and/or obvious contradictions”. But four Pinocchios are reserved for what the column calls “Whopper.”
https://www.westernjournal.com/wapo-fact-checker-no-choice-give-biden-maximum-pinocchios-fantastical-claim-saving-americans-money/ WaPo ‘fact checker’ has no choice but to give Biden maximum Pinocchios for ‘fantastic claim’ of saving Americans money