Maybe it should have been called the “Mistate of the Union Address,” there were so many misstatements in President Biden’s speech.
Biden flat-out lied about several things including the struggling economy in America.
Biden coughed up an often repeated claim about the number of jobs he has supposedly “created” since he took over the White House.
“Two years ago, the economy was reeling. I stand here tonight after we’ve created, with the help of many people in this room, 12 million new jobs—more jobs created in two years than any president has created in four years—because of you all, because of the American people,” Biden said in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol.
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The problem is that Biden’s definition of job creation conflates the generation of new jobs with the natural return of workers to the workforce after the government shut down businesses.
This move by the government ravaged industry in America and drove working-class Americans to their homes.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the nation lost more than 20 million jobs between March 2020 and April 2020. Yes, we’re adding jobs back, but Biden is not calculating the net gain.
We started gaining jobs after the pandemic during Trump’s term in office, but his time ended only eight months into the economic-revival cycle, so much of the job gains accrued during Biden’s time in office.
“This is literally evidence that Biden was handed something on a golden platter,” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, head of the American Action Forum said.
“This recovery from a deep recession would have happened no matter who was president.”
A Washington Post poll found that 60% of Americans believe Biden has NOT made progress in creating good jobs in their community.
Yet Biden went on to say that he has done more for job growth in two years than any president has done in four years.
U.S. jobs under Biden’s watch have increased by 8.5% since his presidential term started. Here is a list of previous presidents after four years:
Barack Obama’s first term (8.6%),
President Bill Clinton’s first term (10.5%),
President Ronald Reagan’s second term (11.2%),
President Jimmy Carter’s four years in the White House (12.8%).
As Biden touts that he’s created 12 million new jobs…
Reminder that yesterday’s Washington Post poll found that 60% of Americans believe Biden has NOT made progress in creating good jobs in their community. pic.twitter.com/8yTzW78FT9
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) February 8, 2023