Inflation blame splits White House as some economists warn against anti-business rhetoric

February 17, 2022 ☼ inflationeconomydems

Source: The Washington Post (Link)

When the prepared congressional testimony of a senior administration official was circulated inside the White House in recent weeks, it included a passage tying inflation to corporate consolidation and monopoly power.

That language was eventually taken out of the official’s remarks before they were delivered. Economists at the White House Council of Economic Advisers had raised objections to the idea that a spike in prices was due to corporate power, according to two people aware of the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to fears of professional reprisals.

The alteration of the testimony highlights the tensions within the administration over whether the White House should blame corporate consolidation and monopoly power for price hikes. Some officials in the White House National Economic Council believe the administration could more aggressively advance that argument, and Democratic pollsters have told the White House that a populist economic message on corporate greed and prices broadly resonates with voters. But economists inside the administration, particularly at CEA, are uncomfortable with the push.