President Joe Biden came to Philadelphia on Friday to tout his economic plan: Bidenomics. It was the eighth time Biden, who is campaigning for another term, has visited Philadelphia this year.
He announced $7 billion in federal grants for new hydrogen hubs in the tri-state area and Appalachia.
According to reports, one hub, the Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2), received $750 million in taxpayer funding. MACH2 includes facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
Members of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a grassroots organization, came to North Philadelphia’s Lippincott Stadium to discuss how Bidenomics has made things more expensive. The event, “Wingin’ It on Bidenomics,” highlighted how the president’s top-down economic policies have hurt residents of this Philadelphia neighborhood.
AFP criticized the grants, part of the bipartisan infrastructure package passed in 2021.
“These clean hydrogen hubs, just like the innovation hubs the president was promoting over the summer, are simply more of the command-and-control central planning that we’ve come to expect from President Biden,” said AFP Pennsylvania Director Ashley Kingensmith. “He’s spending billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize his administration’s preferred energy sectors while strangling others.
“It’s also suspect that he’s awarding these taxpayer-funded grants in states critical to his reelection. This is the Biden administration attempting to bribe voters with their own money. In the end, it only leads to more inflation, making life unaffordable across the country.”
And Ross Connolly, the AFP Northeast Regional director, said, “Biden’s actions prove how out of touch this administration really is. Choosing to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on government handouts rather than return them to where they belong—in the pockets of hardworking taxpayers—is bad economic policy and leaves Americans worse off.
“Instead of using the heavy hand of government to choose winners and losers, it’s time this administration focuses on making life more affordable for Americans and works toward real solutions that relieve hardworking taxpayers from the harmful effects of ‘Bidenomics.’”
The Pennsylvania Senate Republican Campaign Committee also bashed Biden’s policies, noting recent riots and looting in Philadelphia and increased crime spreading into the suburbs.
“Last month’s riots are just the latest example showing that crime is out of control in Philadelphia,” SRCC Communications Director Michael Straw said. “President Joe Biden and Pennsylvania Democrats should be asked serious questions about the role their failed policies are playing in leading to a breakdown of law and order. Our neighborhoods aren’t safe, and (District Attorney Larry) Krasner, Biden, and the Democrat agenda are to blame.”
Pennsylvania SRCC Cycle Chairman Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill/Carbon) added, “Senate Republicans have passed and introduced several pieces of legislation to combat the latest crime spike. Rather than holding another campaign rally, Joe Biden and Senate Democrats should focus on tackling the current crime issues facing Philadelphians.”