Democrats Rebrand High Spending As Way To Reduce Inflation

Are Americans buying it?
People shop at a supermarket in Santa Monica, California, on September 13, 2022. - US annual inflation slowed slightly in August, largely thanks to falling gasoline prices -- but likely not enough to satisfy the Federal Reserve and President Joe Biden, as high prices continue inflicting pain on Americans. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP) (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • As midterms approach, Democrats attempt to rebrand high spending not as a driver of inflation, but as a mechanism to lower consumer costs through government benefits.
  • The White House has put the Inflation Reduction Act at the center of its messaging on inflation, even as consumer prices rose to 8.2 percent and economists dispute whether it will reduce costs for Americans.
  • The economy was ranked as the top issue for voters in a New York Times-Siena College poll, with President Joe Biden receiving a 58 percent job disapproval rating.

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