If you think back to just a few weeks earlier this summer, gas prices were the focus of media attention. Now, understandably, the media is barely touching the subject – not just because they have more serious news – with a right-wing SCOTUS gone awry.
While the media never directly blamed President Biden for the rise of gas prices, it put a human face on the problem with high gas prices, which is just enough to resonate with right wing propaganda that accuses the president of somehow causing them directly – ignorant of the fact that the rest of the globe had to deal with high gas prices as well – much worse than the rest of the US.
Here’s a headline that’s currently true but one you’ll rarely see: Under President Biden’s leadership, fuel prices have steadily declined over three weeks. Gas prices are still fairly high, but over the last three weeks, there has been a steady decline, with the national average falling 10.4 cents from where it was just a week ago – a number likely to get lower as the demand drops as well. It could continue falling over the summer months, barring a natural disaster such as a hurricane.
It’s easy for so many of us to talk publicly or on social media about the Dems’ messaging problem, but the reality is this theoretical headline and the messaging depends on what we say. Countering any complaints about high gas prices should be met with not just how the prices are dropping – but asking what Republicans plan to do about high gas prices, as they have yet to address that at all in their campaigns.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making