‘Wake up or resign’: Rick Scott blasts Joe Biden ‘inflation nightmare’

Rick Scott
'Biden needs to face the facts.'

Rising prices have become a hallmark of the Joe Biden administration, and Wednesday’s Producer Price Index spike was the latest inflation vexation for one of his frequent Florida critics.

Sen. Rick Scott urged the President to “wake up or resign” because of “nightmare” inflation in the wake of Biden’s pandemic-driven economic policies.

“Joe Biden’s raging inflation is bankrupting families across this nation. The inflation hitting families right now is Joe Biden’s fault — full stop. Let’s think about how this is hurting families in my state. At current inflation levels, Florida households are paying more than $9,000 extra per year for everyday goods like groceries and gas since Biden took office,” Scott fumed.

“Biden needs to face the facts: his reckless spending is exactly what is causing this crisis, his war on American energy is significantly contributing to rising gas prices, and hardworking Americans, and poor families like mine growing up, are struggling more than ever. Americans are smart — they know Joe Biden is asleep at the wheel. He needs to wake up or resign immediately,” Scott added, making his latest in a series of unheeded calls for Biden to step down.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday that the 11.3% Producer Price Index year-over-year increase for the 12 months ended in June was the largest increase since a record 11.6 % year-over-year jump in March 2022. Many of the biggest spikes over the last 12 months were in energy, as a media release from Scott’s office notes, with natural gas, home heating oil and gasoline driving the action.

Scott has offered consistent denunciations of inflationary policies and the effects they have on Floridians.

“In my state, I’ve got a lot of retirees. Many of them are delaying their retirement or coming back to work because they can’t afford it right now. They can’t afford the gas, the food, the rent that’s gone up,” said Scott at a Senate Republican leadership press conference this week.

“You’ve got families that are going to food banks,” Scott added. “They’ve never gone to food banks before in their lives. You’ve got people taking second jobs all across our state. It’s happening in all of our states.”

Scott typically offers timely, quotable responses to releases such as PPI index numbers. Last month, he castigated “Blame-Game Biden” for not taking ownership of May’s double-digit hike.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


10 comments

  • PeterH

    July 14, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Just more political grandstanding.

    Rick Scott is not an economist …..Rick Scott never said a word when every economist in the USA stated that Trump’s trade tariffs would be paid for by American consumers through inflation.

    Tell us Rick …..point to the American families bankrupt because of inflation. Give us a list.

    • Matthew Lusk

      July 20, 2022 at 10:35 am

      Free international trade is a corporation bought university lie having been pushed on students for decades to get the votes for slave labor imports robbing average Americans of an industrial base and jobs. Hillary Clinton as a board member of Walmart in the 1980s profited handsomely. With better industrial processes and tooling, general prices should always be going down, but the baking cartel creates (i.e. steals) so much newly created banking credits that the increased supply in ledger dollars causes general prices to rise. The banking cartel is a ten trillion credit dollar a year rip-off of the working class.

  • Joe Corsin

    July 14, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Shoveling money to the rich, decades of low wage slavery, and no government intervention to prevent poverty and economic turmoil have caused all this. The do nothing GOP has perpetuated the plutocracy that is causing all this. Then blame they blame the Democrats even as they obstruct in order that it might go on forever. These GOP hogs are lying crooks… should be executed. They’ve got their supporters so stoned on right wing propaganda that they don’t know their bung holes from their lips…all while they continue to grift them to a husk.

    • Impeach Biden

      July 14, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Joe Biden is the lowest rated President of the United States since polling started. No wonder why just look at the Southern Border, rampant crime, runaway inflation, yet Joe Corsin spins this to blame Republicans.

      • Shari

        July 14, 2022 at 6:18 pm

        Go Head blame President Biden for EVERYTHING BAD!
        Trump has turned our country into a hate USA with his crap lies!!!

        • Tom

          July 15, 2022 at 7:53 am

          Shari, save it.

          Oh I guess it’s Santa’s fault? No it’s the Easter bunny, nope he tried to shut Biden up embarrassingly at WH egg roll. No, it’s our fault the peeps, we demand to much says Psaki.
          Oh what about Hispanics eating tacos, per Jill Biden. Please, the incompetence is overwhelming.

  • Tom

    July 14, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Biden/Harris are finished.
    He’s below 50% approval in 48 states. That’s blue states. Florida, he’s st 29%. Dems have no chance in Florida. We are in a recession, after today’s producer price index, 10%, inflation.

    Dems will lose up to 70 house seats.
    Biden health has scarily declined in past 18 months. Jill says Hispanics are tacos!
    U can add 5 more points from Hispanics to GOP.

    DeSantis, Marco win bigly! Gov saved Florida.
    Even for Manchurian 5% haters.

  • Major Ityrooles

    July 14, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    All one has to do is watch Biden at the podium to realize he is sleepwalking through his presidency when he isn’t snarling at reporters. Thank God the Republicans are taking over both houses of Congress next year and keeping Tallahassee. I know some of the lefty toots who populate these pages don’t like that, but that’s what dope is for, isn’t it? Light up, lay back, we’ll call you in December, 2024.

  • YYep

    July 16, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander

  • Matthew Lusk

    July 20, 2022 at 10:24 am

    First point: Spending bills start in the house. Why doesn’t Rick Scott attack the House and the Senate for their corruption?
    Second point: The private banking cartel is responsible for 9 times more, approximately ten trillion annually, of in-house “money” creation (inflation) with a Congressional approval. Why does Rick Scott not attack the source of corruption rather than a puppet president on the way out?

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