White House chief of staff Ronald Klain misleadingly compared the number of jobs created during former President Trump’s first year to the number of jobs created during President Biden’s first five months on Friday, the day after the White House embarrassingly claimed the “Biden economic plan is working.”
Klain, citing a January 2018 Washington Post article that showed how much better Trump’s economy performed in its first year compared to his predecessors, decided to tweet, “Trump’s first-year jobs record: 1.8 million new jobs. Biden’s first FIVE months: 3 million new jobs.”
Trump's first year jobs record: 1.8 million new jobs.
Biden's first FIVE months: 3 million new jobs.https://t.co/bEH1fFpFec
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) July 2, 2021
For some reason, Klain neglected to mention that the jobs added during Biden’s first five months were added as a result of the ending of the pandemic and have been consistently less than economists have projected as a result of Biden’s policies. For example, after Biden passed his American Rescue Plan which increased the payments people would receive for staying unemployed, the economy added nearly 750,000 jobs less than expected. Forbes reported, “The United States added 266,000 jobs in April, according to data released by the Labor Department Friday—much worse than the 1 million job gains economists expected and far fewer than the 916,000 jobs added in March, indicating that the long-tepid labor market recovery is slowing down again even as stocks and corporate earnings rip higher.”
“Some economists say, employers, particularly in the restaurant and entertainment industry, have been struggling to find workers because Biden’s relief package which included extended pandemic benefits for the unemployed, is deterring some workers from returning to their old job or seeking out a new position,” NBC News wrote in May 2021, adding, “Bank of America estimates that for those who were earning less than $32,000 a year before the pandemic, unemployment pays more than their former job. And, the bank estimates, that could keep 1 million people out of the workforce.”
In comparison to the consistent underperformance of the Biden economy, the Trump economy consistently overperformed. In just one example, a Wall Street Journal article wrote, “Before Mr. Trump took office in January 2017, the Congressional Budget Office forecast the creation of only two million jobs by this point. The economy has in fact created seven million jobs.”
Dem’s $3 Trillion Tax Hike Hurts Working Families and Small Businesses
The Democrats’ almost $3 trillion tax increase proposal would deeply impact small businesses and working families. “This is the largest tax increase since 1968 compared to the size of the economy and the largest tax increase ever in nominal dollars” reports the Americans for Tax Reform website.
“Raising taxes on working families by increasing the federal corporate income tax rate from 21 percent to 26.5 percent” will be passed along to working families in the form of “higher prices, fewer jobs, and lower wages.”
As a result, the U.S. will have a combined state-federal rate of 30.9 percent. That rate is “higher than our foreign competitors including China, which has a 25 percent corporate tax rate, and Europe which has an average rate of 21.7 percent. The developed world average (OECD) is 23.5%” reports the website.
The Tax Foundation’s Stephen Entin states a tremendous 70 percent of corporate income tax is a burden to “labor (or workers)” in the form of wages and employment. In a 2020 study, the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 31 percent of the burden falls on consumers.
“A corporate tax increase will threaten the life savings of families by reducing the value of publicly traded stocks in brokerage accounts or in 401(k)s” as well as “higher utility bills as the country tries to recover from the pandemic.”
Small businesses will be impacted because “raising the top income tax rate to 39.6 percent, limiting the 20 percent small business deduction, expanding the Obamacare net investment income tax, limiting the ability of passthroughs to deduct excess business losses, and raising the corporate tax rate.”
The painful plan also increases the capital gains tax rate to 28.8 percent, adds a 16.5 percent global minimum tax, and increases the death tax by cutting the exemption level in half. Not to mention, $80 billion in new IRS funding would allow for the hiring of 87,000 new agents. “This would allow the IRS to audit and harass small businesses and American families for an additional $787 billion. It would hire enough new IRS agents to fill Nationals Park twice.”
Liberal Utopia Inching Closer: Social Security Expected to Run Out of Money Sooner Than Expected
If the novel coronavirus did nothing else, it gave Liberals a blanketed excuse for their horrendous policies. According to an annual government report, the Social Security trust fund most Americans rely on for retirement will be out of money in as soon as 12 years.
CNBC reports the 12-year prediction is “one year sooner than expected” and “the outlooks, aggravated by the Covid pandemic, also threatens to shrink retirement payments and increase health-care costs for older Americans.” Essentially, everything Democrats were already accomplishing, sans their lucky COVID-19 excuse.
The “financial outlook for Social Security and Medicare, two of the nation’s preeminent safety net programs, has deteriorated over the past year as Covid hastened retirements and caused a contraction in the size of the U.S. labor force” reports CNBC. Again, the result of Democratic policies and horrific government overreach under the guise of saving the world from the coronavirus.
The Treasury Department oversees two Social Security funds: The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and the Disability Insurance Trust Funds. Those programs are designed to provide a source of income respectively to former workers who have retired at the end of their careers or to those who cannot work due to a disability.
Officials said that the Old-Age and Survivors trust fund is now able to pay scheduled benefits until 2033, one year earlier than reported last year. The Disability Insurance fund is estimated to be adequately funded through 2057, eight years earlier than in the report published in 2020.
Though the two funds are separate under law, the Treasury Department said the hypothetical combined funds would be able to pay scheduled benefits on a timely basis until 2034.
Senior administration officials said in a press briefing Tuesday afternoon that a spike in deaths among retirement-age Americans in 2020 helped keep the programs’ costs lower than projected. They added that the ultimate, long-term impact of the coronavirus is less clear as costs and revenues return to their extended forecasts.
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