Opinion | Ohio Senate Republican Candidates Do Voters Snow for Inflation


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Politicians say a lot of fantastic things in their campaign ads, but now we have an early candidate for the most ridiculous claim of 2022. And that shows that whatever voters think they will get from the next Congress, they are probably wrong.

It comes to us from the Republican primary for the Senate in Ohio, which until last week was a race in which Trump would lower himself in a rather humiliating way to win the support of the former president.

That contest was won by author JD Vance, whose reinvention as a Trumpist culture fighter – complemented by an embrace of the “grand substitution theory” that Democrats are importing non-white foreigners to destroy the country – apparently was enough to win Trump.

Which must have been extremely disappointing for Josh Mandel, who undoubtedly thought he was doing all the right things. it posted a video of himself burning a surgical mask, played like a tough guy, and presented himself as “pro-God, pro-gun, pro-Trump.”

Without Trump’s approval, Mandel had to find another way. What about inflation, a clear issue in the minds of voters? And why not make his ally Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) Come out on the field?

Cruz and Mandel are kindred spirits, people whose fiery ambition leads them to the political ladder, despite their intense anticarism. Cruz and Mandel evoke a powerful aversion; Look at them and you will immediately find yourself saying, “I despise that guy and barely know anything about him.”

So here is the ad they created:

True in form, the first thing that comes out of Cruz’s mouth is an absurd lie: “Do you want to stop Biden inflation? Send someone who has done it before. ” Wait – Mandel has stopped inflation before? Certainly not. But Cruz says Mandel increased transparency when he was treasurer, which is fine, but has nothing to do with inflation.

Cruz then closes with a repeat of the claim: “End Biden inflation? Send Josh Mandel to Washington. “

Of all the redundant claims we’ve seen in campaign ads so far this year, this one could be the most abusive. Should we believe that a single novice senator will end inflation in America?

Will it repair global supply chains, accelerate the production of computer chips, reduce demand for consumer goods, increase the supply of building materials, and reduce international shipping costs?

And if a senator is capable of all this, how has not Cruz done it himself, with all the magnificent powers of his office? Are you just waiting for Mandel to be elected to take care of him?

The problem, of course, is that a president, let alone a senator, can do very little to reduce inflation. President Biden has tried what he can, but most of them are too limited to have much impact (the release of oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve) or may help in the long run, but will not change things now (promotion of domestic production of semiconductors). If you are looking for the brilliant plan to cut prices that Republicans will pass through Congress if they regain a majority, you will be disappointed.

This is why candidates are so vague when dealing with inflation: Go into detail and it quickly becomes clear that your next senator will not make a difference in one way or another.

You can see it from another candidate in the Ohio primary, Jane Timken, who says in her new ad, “In the Senate, I will stop Biden’s socialist agenda and runaway inflation.” It refers to a policy – a balanced federal budget – but that has almost zero to do with inflation, given that we had extremely low inflation for decades and significant deficits for almost all that time.

Another candidate, Matt Dolan, tells a lie to Biden – that he “stopped oil exploration” on his first day as president – and says that is the cause of all our inflation. Dolan vows to tackle inflation by fighting Biden’s “energy agenda”.

By comparison, it seems almost refreshing that Vance does not seem to really want to I DO much of everything as a senator. IN a recent advertisement, he complains that “Biden’s open border” – another Republican fantasy – is bringing drugs and “more Democratic voters” to America. And if you choose Vance, he’s fine, he’s not saying, but rest assured, he’ll go to Fox News to complain about it, as he does now.

So these are the Ohioans’ choices: the ugly culture-war stance, or the ridiculous inflation stance.

In a broad sense, this is not really new: Candidates often characterize themselves as heroically powerful, capable of transforming the country from their place as the 435th oldest member of the House, or whatever it is for which they are competing. My favorite is the claim that “I will change the way they do business in Washington.” Of course you will.

If there is one piece of truth in the midst of all this, it is that electing more Republicans to the Senate will, in a way, “stop Biden.” At least it will stop him from passing any legislation, or filling any vacancies in the judiciary. But this will have absolutely no effect on inflation. And if you think it’s possible, you’re just the kind of idiot looking for candidates like Mandel.

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