President Biden used the new employment report to quell criticism from Republicans of his economic plan.
President Biden is using the employment report to quell claims by Republicans that we should do nothing to rebuild the economy. It is amazing that people continue to underestimate this president’s political ability. pic.twitter.com/Kn6bQ6lqkk
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) May 7, 2021
President Biden said:
Today’s report brings the truth into some casual conversation we’ve been hearing about the economy lately. First, that we should stop helping workers and families for fear of the economy overheating. This report affirms the real truth. For years, working and middle-class people who built this country have been exposed to the cold, struggling to keep their heads above water while those at the top are doing well. We’re still digging out of an economic collapse that has cost us 22 million jobs. Let me say that again. Cost us 22 million jobs.
When we got in we inherited a year of profound mismanagement of the economic crisis related to the virus. What we propose will work. We will reach 70%. But it will take focus, commitment and time to get the economy going again, the way we want it to. We have work to do. To say the obvious, we still have to work. Let’s keep an eye on the ball. That is why the American rescue plan is so important. I said we are building it as a year long effort to save our country. It already works.
The President’s comments were a wise strategy. Biden uses the job report as evidence that more needs to be done. He’s right. The economy had slipped into recession before the pandemic. It will be more than a few months before everything is back.
The Biden plan works and no one should be surprised if the job data is revised up. In reality, however, it will be a battle to rebuild the economy until the pandemic is under control.
Republicans have just lost their argument that the economy will recover without help. It is clear that it is not, and if you follow the Republican path, a COVID recession will turn into a COVID depression.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association