(RepublicanWire.org) – CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale looked in to President Joe Biden’s claim that he had reduced the deficit.

Since Biden’s has taken office, there has been record-setting inflation and still-rising gas prices. President Biden insisted last Wednesday that he had decreased the federal deficit. “Let me remind you again, I reduced the federal deficit,” Biden said.

On CNN “New Day” Monday morning, Dale did some digging to find out if Biden’s claim was true.

Dale started off by saying that the deficit had fallen in the first year of Biden’s presidency. However, he said it had nothing to do with anything Biden had done.

“There is no doubt that the deficit has fallen under President Biden so far,” he said. “It was about $3.1 trillion under President Trump in fiscal 2020, it was about $360 billion lower than that, so about $2.8 trillion, in fiscal 2021 mostly under President Biden.”

“Experts I spoke to still scoffed at the idea that President Biden is personally responsible for having reduced the deficit. In fact, one advocate of deficit reduction, Marc Goldwein of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, told me that this claim is almost bizarro world, a reversal of reality,” Dale continued.

Dale went on to note that the deficit was expected to fall by more than $360 billion anyway. He added that the Congressional Budget Office had predicted it would fall by more than $870 billion “if President Biden did not implement new policy.”

Dale’s conclusion was that the shortfall between the expected deficit reduction and the actual reduction was a direct result of policies that were implemented by the Biden administration. One of those policies was the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“Whatever you think of all those policies, they all cost money,” Dale said. “So there ended up being less deficit reduction than expected.”

Dale also consulted Dan White, a senior director at Moody’s Analytics, White told Dale, “The actions of this administration and Congress have undoubtedly resulted in higher deficits, not smaller ones. It is encouraging that the administration has proposed some initiatives to bring down the deficit, but so far none of those initiatives have been seriously considered.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joined Joy Behar, Sara Haines, and Ana Navarro on ‘The View” this week to talk about Florida’s new “Parental Rights in Education” law — which he absurdly claimed “will kill kids” — before going on to add inflation and high gas prices to his list of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ faults.

“Your husband, Chasten, is a teacher and he’s been a vocal critic of what’s going on in my state of Florida when the, with the so-called ‘don’t say gay’ law, which he says will kill kids. Do you agree?” Navarro asked Buttigieg.

“Yeah, he’s right,” Buttigieg answered. “And I think every law to be judged for the effect it’s going to have on real people in real life, and I get the political reasons why they’re doing this. By the way, some of those political reasons (laughs), they don’t have a plan on anything else, right? I mean, they don’t have a plan on dealing with inflation or dealing with gas prices or dealing with the issues.”

Buttigieg’s bizarre claims immediately drew harsh criticism on Twitter.

(RepublicanWire.org) – In a new report titled “The Hidden Tax,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) detailed the impact of inflation on low and middle-income households and small businesses.

The Republican ranking member on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship warned that rising prices would only “get worse” while blaming Congress COVID-19 relief spending for the 7% inflation.

Speaking on Fox News Digital, Paul reiterated the overall sentiment in his report, mentioning how everything from gas to rent and basics like food, clothing, and electricity had increased, adding that Congress had to realize that “further spending at this time of rapidly rising prices is only going to continue the trend of rising prices on this nation’s already vulnerable businesses and families.”

The 18-page report, which relies on publicly available price indexes, exposes the extent to which essential goods have surged in price over the last year.

The report also references a public opinion study by Gallup revealing households earning less than $40,000 have been impacted most by inflation. In contrast, households with an income of $100,000 haven’t been as severely affected.

Paul also highlights how small businesses –– with thin margins –– would suffer a “fatal blow” from “sustained inflation” compared to larger corporations that can rely on their “economies of scale.”

The Kentucky Republican also notes that the government’s “$4.9 trillion in COVID-19 stimulus spending” caused this inflation, before remarking that initially intended as “a form of relief” for lower and middle-income families and small businesses, the packages have resulted in Americans “paying a ‘hidden tax.’”

As a long-time and outspoken critic of Congress’s pandemic spending, Paul has now criticized how the unity in 2020 surrounding the massive congressional spending would not guarantee “virtuous outcomes.” Writing in his report that in this instance, the agreement to spend $4.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief has “left Americans with the most difficult economic conditions in recent history,” before adding that “This crisis is one of our own making.”