Rhetoric versus realism at the pump, and in the formula aisle

royboy

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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — Linda Sutton is filling her car with gas at the Sheetz on U.S. Route 22 in this Westmoreland County suburb. Like everyone else, she has been dealing with rising gas prices for over a year now — but today the cost jumped overnight to $4.69 a gallon, the highest number Ms. Sutton has seen in her lifetime.

“I am a retired teacher and a widow, so I live on a pretty strict budget; no one is giving me a raise to help make up for these costs, so you have to cut back on other things,” she said. “You get to the point where you have to start cutting into your essentials.”


One month ago — according to AAA motor club — the cost for a gallon of regular gas here in Pennsylvania was $4.16; a year ago, it was $3.15. Ms. Sutton says those costs influence how frequently she drives to visit with her son and his family elsewhere in the region.

“My son has a landscaping business in the South Hills, and honestly I don’t know how he is going to continue to handle these costs, because you need gasoline for the truck, for the equipment, to drive from place to place; these costs cut into everything for people who have small businesses,” Ms. Sutton said.


..Imagine being a parent on a budget, down to your last container of formula: You drive to four different grocery stores, two Wal-Marts, a Target and a Rite-Aid, racking up more than 60 miles in pursuit of nourishment for your child. You not only have zero luck finding anything to feed your baby; you have also used up a lot of gas.

Along that drive you likely also saw significant evidence of a drug problem — either in the gaunt, vacant faces on people walking along Main Street or the batch of new treatment centers that have popped up where they’d never been before — and you might begin to wonder: ‘When was the last time anyone in power has seen what’s going on in our communities?’

Meanwhile, it was recently reported the Biden White House spent six months coming up with the nickname “Ultra MAGA” to go after Republican candidates.


The people who run strategy for the White House seem to have forgotten how to place themselves in voters’ shoes and experience everyday problems that impact families and communities. For them it is nothing but political calculation: They went to strategy school, not governing school.


Youngstown State University professor Paul Sracic says Biden has become a sort of anti-Harry Truman: “Where Truman insisted ‘The buck stops here,’ Biden is constantly trying to shift blame onto others; from Putin to ‘ultra-MAGA’ Republicans, Biden is hoping that Americans don’t hold him and his party responsible for things like inflation, the baby milk shortage, or the border crisis.”
 

royboy

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How can we break the real impact of inflation to people like @JeffClear?

“I am a retired teacher and a widow, so I live on a pretty strict budget; no one is giving me a raise to help make up for these costs, so you have to cut back on other things,” she said. “You get to the point where you have to start cutting into your essentials.”