Joe Biden was boasting in the great economy we are now experiencing. I can only hope and pray that all Democrats join him. NPR left much of that part of Biden’s message out of their report on job training. So perhaps they realize how much his upbeat delusions would alienate him from the public.
Breitbart was happy to share Biden’s sunshine message with us—for our amusement:
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden declared that America’s jobs picture is brighter than ever.
“Businesses are hiring at historic rates, with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth,” said Biden in the newly released report supporting the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 1998, which President Obama signed on Tuesday.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act reauthorization will use a $1.4 billion “job-driven checklist” tool to “ensure that the $17 billion in federal training funds are used more effectively,” said a senior White House official. The program will also feature a $25 million Department of Labor award to develop a web-based “skills academy” for adult learners.
Obama and Biden’s efforts to cast a positive light on America’s jobs outlook, however, may face headwinds with voters. As the New York Times noted, “In fact, part-time jobs accounted for two-thirds of all new jobs in June.” What’s more, economist Ben Casselman of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight states, “For the 49th time in 50 months, more jobseekers gave up looking than found work.”
Obama and Biden’s upbeat economic outlook stands in contrast to the views of voters. According to Gallup, 56% of Americans believe the economy is getting worse, versus just 39% who say it is improving.
I realize that the Democrats are desperate to scrounge up some good news to motivate someone to vote for them. But I suspect this pretense will have the opposite effect on the electorate. I still remember back in 2008, when the economic crisis began, John McCain declaring that “the fundamentals of the economy are sound.” Obama repeated that line and mocked it in his campaign. McCain practically campaigned for him by making that foolish statement.
So, as I wrote above, I can only hope all the Democrats start campaigning the way that Biden is campaigning.