The corporate media is, as usual, closing ranks with the Democratic Party in the face of a crisis. This time the issue relates to the continuing supply chain crunch as the holiday shopping season draws near. The media is implementing a strategy of shaming Americans for expecting that they should purchase ordinary products and blaming them for shopping to relieve the Biden administration of any responsibility.
Amanda Mull wrote an article for The Atlantic last weekend titled “Stop Shopping” that claims the burden of solving the crisis should fall on consumers. Mull says to Americans that shopping is a “runaway train,” and although the “brakes are small,” consumers could apply them “whenever you want.”
Vox also chimed in, saying that “affluent” Americans should give up on ordering Christmas gifts and other “thoughtless buying.” Vox argues that if consumers forego holiday shopping, the supply-chain crisis will be averted while prioritizing the environment.
Joe Biden’s office sent a tweet last week on his official account that made light of the inflation affecting the price of coffee to cover for plans for increased taxes that will impact every American consumer. His message said that if “you spent $3 on coffee,” that is more than taxes paid by “55 major corporations.”
That message followed White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s mocking of consumers’ frustrations over the ongoing supply crunch when she smirked at the notion of the “tragedy of the treadmill” that isn’t getting delivered.
Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain sent a tweet referring to surging price inflation and delivery slowdowns as “high-class problems,” a sentiment that media members and politicians favorably echoed.
The media continues to provide cover for a White House that is more concerned with vaccination mandates and the trillions just waiting to be spent through the “Build Back Better” package than addressing real-life problems crushing the American economy.
The “Lower Your Expectations” message will continue to go out on full blast as long as the public appears willing to accept it.