Vice President Kamala Harris finally acknowledged the real pain caused by high inflation and surging prices Friday; saying “bread and gas cost more” less than one year into the Biden administration.
“The bread cost more, the gas costs more, and we have to understand what that means. That’s about the cost of living going up. That’s about having to stress and stretch limited resources,” said the Vice President.
“When you see these prices go up, it has a direct impact on the quality of life for all people in our country. So it’s a big issue, and we take it seriously,” she added.
.@VP Kamala Harris: "The bread cost more, the gas costs more, and we have to understand what that means. That's about the cost of living going up. That's about having to stress and stretch limited resources." https://t.co/ac0D1Jf2az pic.twitter.com/Afj5l8jfKZ
— The Hill (@thehill) November 12, 2021
New data from the federal government shows a whopping 4.4 million workers quit their jobs in September alone: Raising serious questions over the country’s recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic crises.
“A record 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September, as job openings remained near record levels according to federal data, a sign of how imbalances in the labor market continue to complicate the economic recovery 20 months into the pandemic,” reports the Washington Post.
“Those numbers are up from August, when 4.3 million people who quit their jobs in August — about 2.9 percent of the workforce. September’s quit numbers constituted 3 percent of the workforce,” adds the newspaper.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 12, 2021
Watch Kamala’s comments above.
CARTER 2.0: Southeast Gas Stations Ration Fuel, Cars Line-Up, Drivers Wait for Hours
Americans in the southeastern section of the country had flashbacks of the 1979 Oil Crisis this week when gas stations began rationing fuel in the aftermath of a major cyberattack against a pivotal pipeline.
“The closure of the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which carries more than 100 million gallons of fuel from Texas to New Jersey each day, has stretched into its fifth day,” reports the New York Post.
“It sparked wild scenes of panic buying across Georgia, Florida, Virginia and South Carolina — with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp even declaring states of emergency in their areas. Kemp also issued an executive order suspending Georgia’s gas tax through Saturday to help offset the costs of higher fuel prices,” adds the newspaper.
“I DON’T HAVE ANY GAS AND THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA DOESN’T HAVE GAS!! WHAT IN THE 2021 IS GOING ON !!” one panicked driver tweeted.
“I’ve seen all these cars waiting and I was like, ‘OMG. I have to fill my tank up!’” said another.
Read the full report at the New York Post.
CARTER 2.0? Gas Runs Dry After Pipeline Cyberattack, Long Lines in NC, SC, FL, VA
A cyberattack against a major energy pipeline along the East Coast caused fuel shortages in states like Florida, Virginia, and South Carolina Tuesday as security experts scrambled to get the key piece of infrastructure back online.
“Drivers along parts of the East Coast are feeling the immediate effects of the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline following a ransomware attack, reports CBS News’ Laura Podesta. Some waited an hour or more on lines at gas stations before filling up or learning the pumps had run dry,” reports CBS News.
— Chaunte' Turner (@ChaunteLive5) May 11, 2021
“It was unbelievable. When I was driving today, I thought it was a catastrophe coming! I’ve seen all these cars waiting and I was like, ‘OMG. I have to fill my tank up!’” said one local in South Carolina.
Gas prices jumped six cents within 24 hours, raising the national average to nearly $3 per gallon.
“If this outrage goes past the end of the week … prices could spike pretty dramatically,” said Kevin Book of Clearview Energy Partners.
Read the full report here.