Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Trapper that the supply chain crisis is partly because President Joe Biden has “successfully guided” the economy.
“Demand is up, because income is up, because the President has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession,” he said.
Buttigieg also noted the supply chain issues pointed to the need to pass the Democrats’ $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
“America needs both pieces of legislation, not only to make sure we have the right kind of infrastructure, but to make sure that life gets better for the people trying to raise children,” he said.
The facts, however, do not necessarily lead to Buttigieg’s conclusions. The economy has not been guided successfully under Biden’s leadership.
Even as the pandemic’s restrictions subside, gas prices and inflation have strongly increased in addition to supply chain issues. The increased overall income Americans have experienced has not met the growth of inflation, while much of the increase among lower income levels have been due to increased unemployment and government issued child tax credit payments.
The transportation secretary was right to address the supply chain crisis, but failed to deliver an accurate and helpful message to change the situation anytime soon. While Secretary Buttigieg may believe that Biden has succeeded, the reality is that the economy is on the brink of collapse and could take Biden with it.