Watch: Biden Says Americans 'Have the Money to Spend' on High-Priced Groceries During CNN Interview


Editor’s Note: Our readers responded strongly to this story when it originally ran; we’re reposting it here in case you missed it.

“Biden 2024: You’ve Never Had it So Good, Plebes!”

Like the slogan? I do. I’ve workshopped it a bit among my liberal acquaintances, but they don’t seem to think it’ll catch on. Perhaps I’ll pitch it to Team Biden directly, since it seems to be the president’s major message these days.

Sure, inflation is way up since Joe Biden took office. The economy has recovered from the pandemic in fits and starts and job growth hasn’t been as robust as economists have hoped. It’s only recently that wage growth in those jobs has kept pace with inflation, moreover, meaning that everyday items are far more costly than they were when Donald Trump was president.

We keep paying more in taxes and seeing nothing in return; even Biden himself has reportedly complained that none of the infrastructure projects he promised to buy us with our money are actually, you know, progressing.

Biden Belittles Army Ranger Veteran, Mocks His Bronze Star Medal: Report

You’d think that, judging by that track record, the president would be trying to live down the poor record of “Bidenomics,” instead seeking to instill a sense of fear regarding his opponent while insisting happy days are just around the corner. And while he’s certainly doing the first one, he’s pretending these are the happy days:

Yeah, Trump and the “Make America Great Again” Republicans want to make America great again, like it was before the pandemic and Bidenomics ruined it, but Joe and Kamala ain’t gonna let that happen on their watch!

I don’t think that’s quite the own you think it is, Mr. President.

And just in case you didn’t get how deep the “You’ve Never Had it So Good, Plebes!” attitude runs at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., one need only to look at Biden’s interview with CNN that aired May 8.

Biden Belittles Army Ranger Veteran, Mocks His Bronze Star Medal: Report

CNN called the one-on-one with Erin Burnett “rare” — and a critical look at the trainwreck that ensued was a pretty good indication as to why: This guy is terminally out of touch, and nowhere more than on the economy.

As Burnett noted during her questioning, “there’s real pain” among average Americans in paying for everyday expenses.

“I mean, grocery prices are up 30 percent, more than 30 percent since the beginning of the pandemic,” she said. “And people are spending more on food and groceries than they have at any time, really, in the past 30 years. I mean, that’s a real day-to-day pain that people feel.”

“No, it really is,” Biden responded, before this let-them-eat-inflationary-cake morsel: “But the fact is that if you take a look at what the American people have, they have the money to spend.”

Are you voting for Biden?

He went on to say that he was angry about “shrinkflation” — where you pay the same for less of a product — but guess what he blamed this on?

You nailed it: “Corporate greed!”

“We’ve got to deal with it,” Biden said. “And that’s what I’m working on.”

Right. And with that attitude, he’ll solve it once he gets all the little children in the world to clap their hands simultaneously.

By the way, it’s not just that pesky “shrinkflation” that Americans are feeling the pinch about — although they are feeling that pinch, and blaming it on corporate greed is like blaming blizzards on snowplow manufacturers out to make a buck.

As Forbes noted in April, a 2023 survey indicated that almost four-fifths of Americans — 78 percent — were living paycheck-to-paycheck, a 6 percent increase over 2022.

“In other words, more than three-quarters of Americans struggle to save or invest after paying for their monthly expenses,” the report said.

But wait — we’re flush with cash, the president is telling us! Are we just buying too many groceries? Are nearly four out of five Americans just going from paycheck to paycheck because we’re bad with money?

No, it’s because the people in this current administration are bad with money.

They’re so bad with it, in fact, that they think we all have it pretty darn good.

If that’s the tack Biden and his coterie want to use, they might as well adopt my slogan before it’s too late. At least voters could appreciate the honesty.

A Note from Our Deputy Managing Editor:


“We don’t even know if an election will be held in 2024.” Those 12 words have been stuck in my head since I first read them. 


Former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn recently made that comment to Floyd Brown, founder of The Western Journal. 


And if the leftists and the elites get their way, that’s exactly what will happen — no real election, no real choice for the Electoral College, and no real say for the American people. 


The Western Journal is fighting to keep that from happening, but we can’t do it alone.


We work tirelessly to expose the lying leftist media and the corrupt America-hating elites.


But Big Tech’s stranglehold is now so tight that without help from you, we will not be able to continue the fight. 


The 2024 election is literally the most important election for every living American. We have to unite and fight for our country, otherwise we will lose it. And if we lose the America we love in 2024, we’ll lose it for good. Can we count on you to help? 


With you we will be able to field journalists, do more investigative work, expose more corruption, and get desperately needed truth to millions of Americans. 


We can do this only with your help. Please don’t wait one minute. Donate right now.


Thank you for reading,

Josh Manning

Deputy Managing Editor

P.S. Please stand with us today.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , , , , , , ,
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Morristown, New Jersey
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture