‘Red Tsunami coming’: Never mind inflation, Biden wants to get rid of racist fees for extra legroom on flights

President Joe Biden garnered criticism for announcing a new initiative Wednesday to “protect” Americans from so-called “junk” fees, including the apparently racist fees applied when flying passengers want more legroom.

Indeed, to hear the president tell it, “there’s an entire industry that’s popping up in America to help companies use complicated algorithms to hide fees that hurt consumers and help them. These things add up.”

“Things like … surprise banking overdraft fees, excessive credit card late fees, hidden hotel booking fees, or those huge termination charges to stop you from switching cable and Internet plans to a better deal. Surprise charges that companies sneak into bills because they can,” he said during a brief speech at the White House.

“Some airlines, if you want six more inches between you and the seat in front, you pay more money. But you don’t know it until you purchase your ticket,” he added, offering a particularly odd example.

“Look, folks, these are junk fees. They’re unfair, and they hit marginalized Americans the hardest, especially low-income folks and people of color. They benefit big corporations, not consumers, not working families. And that changes now,” Biden concluded.

Critics immediately pounced.

The first set of critics slammed the president for injecting race into everything once again to pander to minorities. They also excoriated him for perpetuating the soft bigotry of low expectations.

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A second set of critics argued that it’s the president’s policies and tax hikes that are hurting the American people, not fees for extra legroom aboard a flight.


Another set of critics argued that the so-called “junk” fees are fully justified because they hold people accountable for their behavior.

If bank customers overdraft their account, they pay a penalty. If airline customers demand more room than is customary, they pay an upgrade fee.

Without these fees, the critics added, companies will have no other choice but to raise their regular rates for goods and services.


A fourth set of critics argued that the federal government has no right to dictate prices to companies.

“Why? I don’t understand why you’re interfering with the free market. I have paid more overdraft fees than maybe anyone and this is overreaching. Governments should not be telling businesses what to charge,” a critic wrote.

And the final batch of critics bashed the president for not focusing on more clearly pressing matters.



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