Biden’s Job Claims Clashing With Harsh Reality For Americans

Joe Biden stood at the podium in Philadelphia on Monday, applauding his own record on job creation. “This Labor Day, we’re celebrating jobs, good-paying jobs, jobs you can raise a family on, union jobs,” he declared. The aim was clear: to woo working-class voters, a demographic Democrats have had a rocky relationship with lately. But the numbers — and the everyday experience of many Americans — tell a different story.

While Biden boasted about creating “jobs you can raise a family on,” staggering data reveal that over 1.2 million native-born Americans lost their jobs last month. Meanwhile, the foreign-born workforce saw a spike of nearly 700,000 jobs. This comes when the Biden administration has continued to open the floodgates at the U.S.-Mexico border, a stark contrast to the stricter immigration policies under President Donald Trump.

Trump’s administration saw an expansion of the foreign-born workforce by only 752,000 between August 2017 and August 2019. Compare that with Biden’s numbers, which show a whopping 3.943 million foreign-born workers added between August 2021 and August 2023. This widening gap doesn’t just suggest a shift in policy but also a contradiction in Biden’s narrative on putting Americans back to work.

Equally troubling is the administration’s miscalculation of job gains. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported that Biden’s team had grossly overestimated job additions for the second quarter of 2022. This is not just a statistical error; it’s a failure to gauge the health of the American workforce accurately.

Biden’s disconnect extends to the auto industry. When asked if he foresaw a strike, Biden shrugged it off. “I think we’ve got a long way to go,” replied United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain, setting a deadline for a new agreement by September 14 and warning of “action” if it doesn’t materialize. If union leaders are taken aback by Biden’s optimism, what does that say about his grip on labor realities?

But the spin doesn’t stop with jobs. Biden also ignores the corrosive impact of inflation, which a CNBC poll reported is depleting two-thirds of Americans’ paychecks. E.J. Antoni, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, warned that inflation has become “much more ingrained in the economy than the White House, Congress, or the Fed want to admit.”

And let’s not overlook the dwindling consumer confidence. Charles Payne, a Fox Business analyst, pointed out a stunning drop in confidence, noting that “69% of Americans are still bracing for a recession.” This sentiment even affected households with incomes over $100,000, whose confidence dropped the most.

Joe Biden’s rhetoric on job creation and economic recovery is increasingly at odds with the realities confronting the average American. Between dwindling job opportunities for native-born workers and the financial squeeze of inflation, the promises of an economic revival appear to be just that — promises. The administration may need to rethink its approach if it hopes to bridge the widening gap between its claims and the lived financial hardships of the American middle class.