Martha MacCallum from Fox News confronted White House senior adviser Gene Sperling over the newly released Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers.
MacCallum simply asked if inflation has peaked and will begin to decline shortly because the CPI did not change from June to July.
Sperling responded by talking about how it was a “good sign” for the American people.
The Fox News host said that inflation remains at a historically high rate of 8.5%, and she asked if Americans should expect the CPI to rise again. She noted that Sperling and the White House have continuously said inflation is “transitory.”
Sperling tried to sidestep the pointed question and said that last year “literally everybody was projecting that prices were going to go down significantly.”
Not so fast…MacCallum wasn’t just going to accept that.
“No, not everybody,” MacCallum said. “I’m just asking you to own it, you know, just say ‘here’s what I think, I’ve been dealing with this for years and years.’”
The so-called expert had to admit that he could not make any guarantees.
MacCallum then focused on the Inflation Reduction Act, introduced by Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. This bill will add 87,000 agents to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Sperling had noted that the IRS has been “poorly invested in” regarding technology and personnel, impacting the capacity to effectively carry out its job.
“How did that happen?” MacCallum sarcastically asked. “The cost of government goes up and up and up every year. So why would we be so far behind the eight ball with this technology?”
“It’s like a city block, the IRS. I’m just asking why the people who are already paid to do that job can’t do the job,” MacCallum responded. “Why you have to add so many employees and government keeps growing and growing and we spend more on it every single year, and yet you’re telling me ‘oh, it’s been falling behind for decades.’”
MacCallum wasn’t done with Sperling.
“What do you say to that Border Patrol official when you are telling them that you’re going to add tens of thousands of people at the IRS but you’re not gonna go down there and help them out,” she said.
Needless to say, Sperling probably won’t go back on her show again, and he may need a minute to recover.