What inflation? Biden makes surprise stop at LA taco shop to buy $4.50 quesadillas and hands over $40 tip


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esident Joe Biden finally found a way to beat inflation – traveling to Tacos 1986, an L.A. eatery with prices that could have been around during his third Senate term.

Biden dined with two local Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Karen Bass and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, on a West Coast visit that has him bringing in campaign cash for House Democrats as they try to cling to control of the House. 

Biden ordered a quesadilla asada and a quesadilla de pollo – giving him an option of steak or chicken, along with four tacos de pollo that were offered on the mixed English and Spanish menu of the Tijuana-style establishment.

He got it all for a mere $16.45, on a day when the Commerce Department announced that the Consumer Price Index was 8.2 per cent higher than it was a year ago. That was barely down from last month’s 8.3 per cent – with core inflation, which takes out energy and food costs, up 6.6 per cent. 

At the restaurant counter, Biden asked for the takeout order for Bass, paying in cash. 

‘What do we owe you,’ he said. Helping trim the bill was a 50 per cent ‘public service’ discount. 

Biden could quite believe what he heard. ‘Six zero?’ he asked.



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