Updated: Aug 16, 2022
Heather Richardson has an interesting post on Facebook laying out what the two main political parties stand for these days. She points out that Joe Biden has, unequivocally, been very good for the United States in terms of jobs.
Today the January jobs report showed the U.S. added 467,000 jobs. With more than 6.6 million jobs since Biden took office, 2021 under Biden created more jobs than any other year in history. The jobs report also revised the numbers for November and December upward by more than 700,000. The first 12 months of Biden’s presidency mark the best job creation on record. The unemployment rate is at 4.0%.
She adds that there was a time even the GOP believed in the government’s role in boosting the economy.
She’s right. Take a look at this chart below. President Reagan, elevated to God status in Republican canon, was indeed a “jobs” President. (Note that all the others are Democrats.)
But somewhere post-Reagan, the GOP abandoned the belief in the power of government to impact people’s lives and, instead, perhaps nudged by its mega-wealthy donors, has increasingly been relying on tax cuts to solve every economic problem. Tax cuts and trickle-down economics have become such an article of faith for the modern GOP that when presented with evidence to the contrary, they simply shut their ears and rely on cultural bogeymen to excite and engage their base. (Immigrant caravans? Check. Critical Race Theory? Check.)
What it boils down to is this: If you want a President committed to helping the American people, elect a Democrat.
To a certain extent, the voting public knows this. It’s not a coincidence that Americans voted in President Obama after the financial crisis and President Biden after the Covid crisis. But when the Democratic President has succeeded in stabilizing the economy, either apathy or complacency on the part of progressives lets slip the reins of power and we repeat the cycle of (Dem) boom and (GOP) bust over and over again.
These midterms, shake off that dangerous apathy and give President Biden a Democratic Congress and Senate he can work with to set the country back to a path of shared prosperity and community values of caring and compassion. Because you know what happens when you don’t.