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Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed President Joe Biden this week over inflation, arguing that the rising costs of rent and gasoline are likely only going to get worse this year.
While speaking to reporters about rising rent in Florida, DeSantis tore into Biden over rising inflation — which DeSantis dubbed as “Bidenflation.”
Responding to a question about rising rents in Florida, DeSantis said “general inflation is causing” rents to spike, and noted of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moratorium on evictions.
“The CDC basically had a moratorium, so that people … really didn’t have to pay rent,” he said. “What’s happening is now all the people that own these properties are charging more to make up for what was [lost].”
“Biden was warned about this,” DeSantis slammed. “He was told that this was going to happen and they had to take it all the way to the Supreme Court.”
Last summer, the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its eviction moratorium ordered by the CDC.
“Then you also have the issue where there’s a lot of demand,” DeSantis said.
The governor noted that people from across the nation are moving to Florida because they’re “fed up” with liberal policies. “This is kind of the center of the universe right now,” he said.
DeSantis highlighted massive spending bills heightening inflation, too.
“We warned about this inflation last year. They came in and did the massive spending; the Fed has printed trillions and trillions of dollars, the biggest increase in the money supple that we’ve seen in quite some time. Of course you’re going to have inflation when that happens.”
“That’s what’s happened, and I don’t see it ebbing anytime soon,” DeSantis predicated. “I think this is likely to be something that we’re going to have to contend with.”
The Republican said the way to provide Americans relief from these rising prices is to “reverse” a lot of federal policies, which he said the Biden administration has “not shown an inclination to do.”
“Make no mistake about it, what you need to do is reverse those policies that are causing the inflation to begin with,” he told the press.
“Why are we not producing more energy here in the United States?” he queried, adding that we need more pipelines, natural gas, and permits for drilling.
Speaking of ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), Alaska, DeSantis said “there’s more oil and gas up there than in Saudi Arabia. It’s a massive, massive opportunity and basically from the time Biden’s come in, he said, ‘No, no, no.’”
“Well, of course that’s going to cause [inflation], and it’s not just fuel prices,” the Republican explained. “When energy prices are going up the way they are, that permeates the entire economy. It’s more [expensive] to transport … goods … everything is permeated by that, and it helps contribute to rising prices.”
“Let’s do what we can at the federal level to reverse some of the policies that have caused this,” DeSantis said. “And let’s try to give people relief throughout our economy, and if they did that it would make a really significant difference. But they have not shown an inclination to do that.”