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Biden Adviser Sets Twitter Ablaze With 3 Words About Soaring Gas Prices: 'Liberal World Order'

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An economic adviser to President Joe Biden sparked tons of criticism for his comments about high gas prices.

During an appearance on CNN on Thursday, Brian Deese, the director of the White House National Economic Council, was asked, “What do you say to those families who say, listen, we can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months if not years, this is just not sustainable?”

“What you heard from the president today was a clear articulation of the stakes, this is about the future of the liberal world order, and we have to stay firm,” Deese responded.

His comments come as the average price for a gallon of gas is $4.84, according to AAA.

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Some probably see the phrase “liberal world order” and think of some wide range of grand conspiracy theories about a cabal of the world’s elites. But it is a phrase that typically refers to countries that have liberal governments and economic policies — in the classical sense of limited government intervention and a focus on civil liberties — as opposed to oppressive regimes.

This comes after Biden told reporters that Americans will have to deal with higher gas prices for “as long as it takes so Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine.”

Most honest commentators and politicians knew and admitted that standing up to defend Ukraine against Russia’s invasion would lead to price increases. And paying more to stand up for democratic principles to ensure that a malevolent actor cannot just take over its neighboring country unprovoked without consequences is noble.

However, prices were already elevated due to inflation which got a jolt from Biden’s American Rescue Plan. And gas prices were already high as companies have been reluctant to invest in new drilling and refining operations due to the administration’s push to transition away from fossil fuels to green energy.

It’s almost as if Biden is starting to concede that none of his plans to bring down prices are working, so now he’s just telling Americans they have to suck it up for the sake of democracy.

But if he wants to try to shift Americans’ attitudes about prices, this is not the kind of moving rhetoric that’s going to accomplish that.

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