Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has asked the new Biden administration’s disinformation board to review the president’s tweet, which says rising inflation can be curbed by raising corporate taxes.
Joe Biden, who has been criticized for high 40-year rates of 8.3 percent, tweeted on Friday that higher corporate taxation would help ease economic tensions affecting Americans.
“Do you want to reduce inflation?” “Let’s make sure the richest corporations pay their fair share,” Biden tweeted.
Bezos responded within hours, arguing that the president was mixing two separate issues, which were just a misdirection and should be held accountable by the Homeland Security Disinformation Board.
“The newly created disinformation council should review this tweet, or perhaps form a new Non Sequitur Board instead,” Bezos tweeted.
“Increasing corporate taxes is good to discuss. Taming inflation is crucial for discussion. Mixing them is just a misdirection.
President Joe Biden says raising corporate taxes will help tackle inflation
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said the president’s statement was simply misdirected and called on the new DHS disinformation board to review Biden’s tweet
Inflation is as high as it has been for 40 years, as Biden seems to be blaming corporate taxes and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
The Disinformation Board was set up last month to combat the spread of misinformation in minority communities and to provide communities with resources and tools to help prevent the radicalization of people to violence.
However, the board has drawn a lot of criticism since it was set up before the 2022 interim, where the president’s party is expected to suffer heavy losses and looks hypocritical as the Biden administration has been criticized for trying to turn issues around.
The administration has previously claimed that the war in Ukraine is causing rising inflation and gas prices, although both were already significantly high before the Russian invasion.
Instead of corporate taxes, interest rates are seen as a key figure to govern in order to reduce inflation.
The Federal Reserve has begun raising interest rates to slow loans and spend enough to cool inflation after the pandemic.
“Inflation is too high and we understand the difficulties it is causing and are taking swift action to reduce it,” Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said earlier this week.
Inflation began to rise in April 2021, which means that annual increases are now starting at a higher base level
In an interview with Marketplace on Thursday, he was asked what he would say to someone who would lose his job or miss a pay rise as the Fed tried to stifle inflation.
“So I would say that we fully understand and appreciate how painful inflation is and that we have the tools and the determination to reduce it to two percent and that we will do that.
“I will also say that the process of reducing inflation to two percent will also involve some pain, but in the end the most painful thing would be if we fail to deal with it and inflation becomes entrenched in the economy at high levels.” and we know what it is.
“And it’s just people who are losing the value of their wages because of high inflation, and we will eventually have to go through a much deeper decline. And that’s why we really need to avoid that.
A report by the Labor Ministry on Wednesday said the consumer price index rose 0.3% in April from a month earlier, up 8.3% from a year earlier, up from 8.5% in the previous month. March
The food index increased by 9.4% compared to last year, the largest 12-month increase since 1981, and the energy index rose by 30.3% compared to last year.
Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called “core” inflation reached 6.3 percent in the 12 months ending in April, slightly lower than the annual rate of 6.5 percent in March.
However, as a worrying sign, inflation is rising, with basic prices jumping 0.6% from March to April – twice as much as 0.3% from February to March.
These increases were prompted by a sharp rise in the prices of airline tickets, hotel rooms and new cars. Rental costs also rose sharply.
Along with inflation, Biden has been criticized for setting up a Disinformation Board that opposes “Orwellian” and “non-American.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said on Wednesday that President Joe Biden had set up a Disinformation Management Council because Democrats “want to control” Americans’ lives.
Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that Democrats want to control the information Americans have access to through the new board.
“Don’t they trust Americans enough to control so much of our lives?” The Republican House leader asked during a press briefing on the new Homeland Security Board.
“We watched it again and again,” McCarthy continued. “Why would they want to control the information? Because they don’t want you to know the truth.
He claims that the Democrats are trying to cover up information pushed by the right, which according to the left is probably all conspiracies. McCarthy says this includes distraction from record high inflation and the facts surrounding COVID-19.
Republicans immediately condemned the new council, led by so-called Russian disinformation expert Nina Yankovich, as the dystopian “Ministry of Truth” from George Orwell’s 1984 novel.
“The president’s Ministry of Truth is a non-American abuse of power,” McCarthy said during a press briefing with other Republican lawmakers, including MAGA representatives Lauren Bobert of Colorado and Jim Jordan of Ohio.
Bowbert told a press briefing in the Capitol on Wednesday: “Make no mistake, freedom of speech has been attacked here in America.”
The board’s head, Nina Jankovic, has also been criticized by Republicans for a number of previous comments that clearly show her bias towards Donald Trump and her current debunks about links between the former president’s campaign and Russia.
“She is actively promoting information that is false,” McCarthy told Jankovic, arguing that her new “role” was to “monitor the information” and decide what Americans should believe to be true.
History of allegations made by the new head of Joe Biden’s Disinformation Management Council Nina Jankovic
June 2016 – Share a link to an already deleted publication in Medium, including a mural by Donald Trump kissing Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Putin’s Russia is not a country that every American voter would like to emulate. “The United States should not choose a demagogue who intends to do just that,” she wrote at the time.
July 2016 – Jankovic contacted Foer’s article entitled “Putin’s Puppet” and tweeted: “But do we want a president who has so many shady and cozy ties with Russia? No. So yes, this piece is a must read.
August 2016 “Manafort is not Trump’s only connection to #Russia and #Putin,” she tweeted, citing a statement from DNC national spokesman Mark Paustenbach, who said: “Trump’s campaign still has strong ties with Russia and pro-Kremlin elements. “.
– She also shared a link to an article from the Clinton campaign along with the comment: “Trump’s strange relations with Russia … Foreign policy matters.”
September 2016 – “Trump’s ties with the Kremlin do not end with Manafort. These are serious people, “she tweeted.
November 1, 2016 “My husband sent me ‘you have news to wake up.’ I never thought it would be that. It confirms our worst fears about Trump. I’m horrified, tweets Jankovic. He responded to a tweet from Hillary Clinton’s campaign alleging that Trump had a “secret server” he used to “communicate privately with a Putin-linked Russian bank called Alfa Bank.”
November 6, 2016 “Jankovic said that what started months ago while joking about Donald Trump’s bromance with Putin has actually become an existential threat to our country.”
– She said that after Trump lost, “we should never talk about him again (until Putin gives him Russian citizenship)”
December 2016 “He called Trump ‘Pinocchio’ in response to a Biden spokesman who wrote that ‘it’s not an exaggeration to ask if Trump is really the’ puppet ‘secretary Clinton mockingly called him.”
March 2017 – Months after Trump took office, Jankovic tweeted “Sermon” in response to a screenshot from a Washington Post article entitled “The Clinton Campaign Warned You About Russia.” But no one listened to us, “said Clinton’s director of communications, Jennifer Palmieri.
– Former Russian Ambassador Michael McFaul wrote on Twitter that the representative Adam Schiff “gives a great statement” after reading the discredited allegations in Steele’s file in the minutes of Congress. Jankovic tweeted in response: “I agree, and more importantly, he explains why the Congressional inquiry into Trump-Russia relations is an integral part of our democracy.”
June 2020 – Jankovic directly quotes Steele Dossier’s claims in his book How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News and the Future of Conflict
October 15, 2020 “Jankovic told the Associated Press that there were questions about whether the infamous laptop belonged to Hunter Biden.”
“We need to see it as a product of Trump’s campaign,” Jankovic said in an interview, citing former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Trump aide Steve Bannon.