Over the last several years, and especially since taking office, President Joe Biden has become well-known for making bizarre, outlandish, and at times, nonsensical statements.
Although most of those gaffes have been made in person, he recently published a bizarre statement on Twitter claiming that the $3.5 trillion spending bill will cost “zero” dollars and not affect national debt — a claim that even some of his allies were left scratching their heads over.
“Instead of wasting money on tax breaks, loopholes, and tax evasion for big corporations and the wealthy, we can make a once-in-a-generation investment in working America,” the president added.
Biden went on to contend that his proposal would add “zero dollars to the national debt.”
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) was only one of several lawmakers who reacted to Biden’s asinine claim, tweeting, “Simple math for President Biden: $3.5 trillion does NOT equal zero.”
“I have to admit, I thought this was from a parody account when I first read it,” she later added. “It was disturbing to see it was actually from our President.”
“He thinks he can spend an unprecedented $3.5 trillion and not add a penny to the debt?” the congresswoman asked. “This is who is in charge? Scary.”
However, Republicans weren’t alone in expressing skepticism over the president’s claim. Columbia University professor Ian Bremmer tweeted, “I strongly support the new infrastructure plan. It is not costless.”
Manchin on the fence
Meanwhile, political strategist Rory Cooper declared, “Nobody believes creating new, massive and permanent government programs costs zero dollars especially not the Senate Democrats they need to convince to vote for it.”
Cooper was likely referencing moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Given his moderate stance, Manchin has warned of the inflationary risks that he predicts will come with Biden’s massive spending initiative.
“Ignoring the fiscal consequences of our policy choices will create a disastrous future for the next generation of Americans,” he wrote in a Wall Street Journal piece earlier this month. “Instead of rushing to spend trillions on new government programs and additional stimulus funding, Congress should hit a strategic pause on the budget-reconciliation legislation.”