Despite using inflation as a pet issue during the 2022 midterms, and it being one of the few reasons the GOP managed to successfully flip the House at all, Republicans really don’t care about inflation in the slightest, and they can barely hide their absolute apathy towards it.
It was bad enough that they never actually explained how Democratic control caused inflation or what they would do to fix it when elected – or that they never held the hearings on it that they promised, or avoided actually voting on the legislation that would reduce inflation – but now they’re actually considering legislation that would make inflation worse at a time when it’s finally shrinking noticeably.
You read that right. As part of their debt limit increase package, House Republicans are seeking the repeal of the Inflation Reduction Act – one of the most significant legislative victories Democrats had last year – and probably the real reason they want to kill it.
It’s bad enough they were calling for eliminating food assistance programs to cover raising the debt limit, but they’re doing everything they can to hold the economy hostage if it appeases their donors. As awful as it looks, it’s dead on arrival and they’ll look all the more foolish for it when they cave. The fact that they’re proposing to do so, however, is why we need to not just retake the House, but retake it by an overwhelming margin in 2024.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making