As Gas Prices And Inflation Surge, Max Blumenthal Questions Members Of Congress On The Economic Toll American Workers Face From Escalating Sanctions On Russia, And On Their Support For Escalating The War In Ukraine.
On March 8, as the Russian military operation inside Ukraine expanded, President Joseph Biden announced a total ban on Russian oil to the United States, sending oil prices to record highs. “Today I am announcing that the United States is targeting the main artery of the Russian economy. We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy. That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at US ports and the Americans will deal another powerful blow to Putin’s war machine.”
Following Biden’s announcement, his allies in the media spread the message that higher gas and food prices and rising inflation was a price that Americans simply had to pay to put the hurt on Putin.