Rick Scott, Marco Rubio hammer Joe Biden as inflation surges
Marco Rubio and Rick Scott. Image via AP.

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High prices lead to high dudgeon from Florida's U.S. Senators.

Prices are on the rise, and so is heated rhetoric from Florida’s two Republican U.S. Senators.

Rick Scott and Marco Rubio blasted the White House Wednesday, in the wake of more evidence that the cost of living continues to increase early in the Joe Biden administration.

Scott, who has continually drawn the connection between generous relief packages and the dilution of the dollar’s purchasing power, struck familiar tones, with new data in validation.

“President Biden’s silence on inflation is deafening and his lack of leadership in the face of this serious threat is hurting people every day. Every increase in food, gas and household good prices, even increases of just a few cents, negatively impact families, especially low income families and those on fixed incomes. For our nation’s poorest families, like mine growing up, rising prices are devastating — I know because I watched my parents struggle with inflation and putting food on the table when I was a kid,” Scott said, referencing his personal narrative.

“Today’s Consumer Price Index data further confirms our fears and what I’ve been warning about for months. We’ve now seen consistent, month after month rises in prices. Reports show nearly 90% of Americans are worried about inflation. Yesterday, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) reported that 36% of small businesses are raising prices. There is no question whether inflation is happening. It’s time for Biden to step (up) and address inflation. He can’t keep hiding while American families suffer,” Scott said.

Indeed, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is grim.

“Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 4.2% before seasonal adjustment. This is the largest 12-month increase since a 4.9% increase for the period ending September 2008,” the bureau said in a news release.

However, in September 2008, relief legislation from the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations still remained to be passed. In mid 2021, the nation has seen a robust succession of relief and stimulus bills from the Donald Trump and Joe Biden administrations, raising questions about what tools are left to stimulate an economy after nearly a decade and a half of quantitative easing.

Rubio chimed in with a critique of the data also.

“Inflation was one of the dangers of the bloated partisan COVID relief bill. Core inflation (minus energy and food) was up 0.9% in April alone. Inflation fears are growing and threaten to harm America’s economic recovery from the pandemic,” Rubio tweeted.

Inflation isn’t the only thing concerning Senators. Scott, responding to a flat jobs report this week, renewed calls for the Labor Department to investigate “fraud and abuse” of extended unemployment benefits. He and Rubio have been concerned that expanded benefits discourage people from taking available jobs.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


4 comments

  • zhombre

    May 12, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    But it’s not inflation. It’s merely a money supply crunch.

    • zhombre

      May 12, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      YOUR money, not the government’s. The federal government can spend trillions and trillions.

  • Frankie M.

    May 12, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    How can families be suffering when supply of jobs outstrips people willing to fill them? Can’t have it both ways…marinate on that Mario. Maybe they need to find something else to complain about like phantom gas shortages or rising housing prices??

  • PeterH

    May 13, 2021 at 11:18 am

    From the article:

    “….. heated rhetoric from Florida’s two Republican U.S. Senators….”

    That’s all these two clowns have left …. hot air. They can propose no ideas ….. no policies.

    They’re so ignorant that they actually believe the American economy will instantly and miraculously return to Trump’s debt and deficit laden mess of January 2020. ….. is THAT their wish?

    Let’s remember folks that economist certified in January of 2020 ….. two months before the onset of the pandemic…… that USA manufacturing had slipped into recession.

    In 2017 Republicans controlled the White House, Senate and House! They inherited from Obama 4.6% unemployment and the longest period of economic expansion in American history. The GQP destroyed both in short order. Look at the mess Republicans gave to Biden a few short months ago.

    Republicans have a very long history of trashing the economy …… and when the electorate installs a Democrat to clean up the GQP mess ….. Republicans whine that we’re not cleaning up their mess fast enough.

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