Nebraska Gov. Ricketts says Biden ‘directly responsible’ for inflation

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – In Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts’ weekly column, he points to the Biden administration’s “failed policies” as the cause of inflation.

“The failed policies of the Biden-Harris Administration are directly responsible for this runaway inflation.  It’s time the President takes action to bring it under control,” Ricketts wrote.

In the column, Ricketts boasts that the state has shown sustained growth despite floods, fires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He also brings up that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the county, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

See also: Nebraska records lowest unemployment rate in country

To fix the country’s inflation, Ricketts says Biden should consider doing things “the Nebraska way.”

First, he says that the country should limit its spending.  Ricketts uses Nebraska’s annual budget growth of 2.8% over the past eight years as an example.

In response to a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that was passed in Congress in March 2021, Ricketts says Biden has spent money “without regard for the consequences.”

The stimulus bill did not receive any votes from House Republicans.

Ricketts believes that things would be “much worse” if Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending bill had passed.  The bill failed to make it past the House of Representatives.

Second, Ricketts believes that the Biden administration should cut regulations such as lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccine passports.

“In Nebraska, we trust citizens and local communities to make decisions instead of mandating what they must do,” he wrote.

Third, Ricketts says the government should support the country’s energy production.  He says that Biden’s war on American energy is the reason for surging gas prices.

“The President has put a radical environmentalist agenda before the needs of the American people.  And he’s no longer hiding it,” Ricketts said.

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To combat rising gas prices, Ricketts says that Biden should reinstate the Keystone XL pipeline, which the president canceled on his first day in office.

“Americans don’t want some Green New Deal; they want the President to get real about reducing inflation,” Ricketts wrote.

On Monday, Biden said he was considering pushing toward a holiday on the federal gasoline tax.

The AP reported that this holiday could save drivers as much as 18.4 cents a gallon.

Biden told reporters that his decision could come by the end of the week.

See also: Biden says decision on gas tax holiday may come this week

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