Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade advised President Biden that instead of attacking Republicans in his first major address of 2023, he should shockingly focus on how great America’s economy is compared to any other country on the planet.
(Video Credit: Fox & Friends)
The reasoning for the “Fox & Friends” co-host on this seems to be that Biden should be uniting both sides of the political aisle instead of attacking conservatives. However, arguing that America is doing better than any other country on the face of the earth is head-scratching, to say the least. Many would argue it’s akin to saying we are sinking slower than every other nation that has hit a fiscal iceberg. That doesn’t mean we are doing well.
On Thursday, the White House announced that “In the afternoon, the President will travel to Springfield, Virginia, and deliver remarks on our economic progress since he took office.”
Most Americans would not consider that must-see TV. It is unlikely that even Virginia’s Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) will attend Biden’s speech which will likely be divisive and full of falsehoods, given his oratorical history
The government has flaunted month after month of positive economic indicators on job growth, GDP, and other areas. None of which is believable to Americans who are suffering the worst inflation in 40 years. The left claims inflation is easing but if you look at the price of eggs, groceries, and energy, that is an argument that is hard to sell to the public.
Under this Administration, Americans are back at work. pic.twitter.com/n6TbWH4pyq
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 26, 2023
Kilmeade is arguably a conservative, so his tack on Thursday was a bit stunning, to say the least.
“To me, this would be the perfect time to say, listen, our numbers aren’t perfect, but we have better numbers than any other country in the world. And compare yourself to China, compared to Russia, compared to any European nation… You know, Japan’s got this low inflation and people have certain areas. Our numbers look good. And this way you could actually pretend, at least for a few months, that you’re a unifying president,” Kilmeade argued.
“But do you know what Americans would think if they heard that? We don’t care about comparing ourselves to other countries, we just want it to be better,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt countered.
“That’s a good point. That’s a good point. But I’m saying you have the, his choice is attack Republicans and how bad their ideas are. I’d say, hey, listen, look at me. I know countries. We have some challenges, but compared to everybody else, we’ve worked our way out of it,” Kilmeade stated overlooking the fact that we are not “out of it” by any means when it comes to the economy.
Attacking “House Republicans’ MAGA Economic Plan” is just one part of the speech, according to a memo sent to Mediaite by a White House official.
“…President Biden will deliver his first major economic speech of the year in Virginia at a steamfitters union hall. He’ll highlight the significant economic progress we’re seeing under his leadership. Just in the last month, we’ve learned that: a record nearly 11 million jobs have been created, the two strongest years of job growth in history; 750,000 manufacturing jobs have been created; we’ve reached the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years; we’ve had the best two years for small business applications on record; annual inflation has been falling for the last six months; and real wages are higher than they were seven months,” the official claims, overlooking the fact that all of that is thanks to the pandemic shutting down the country for over two years.
When I think climate action, I think jobs.
And, folks, it looks like the clean energy job boom is underway. https://t.co/Y6TQJOaoQ8
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 25, 2023
“He’ll discuss how his economic vision — to grow the economy from the bottom up and middle out — and his historic legislation, the American Rescue Plan, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act, helped our economy recover from crisis and are laying the foundation for strong and stable growth. The President’s economic plan keeps his promise to build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out — with new factories and construction in communities across America, creating good-paying middle-class jobs that don’t require a four-year degree,” the memo continues.
Conservatives and millions of Americans would argue that none of what the White House is touting so far is true.
My agenda is currently lowering prescription drug, health care, and energy costs for families.
And we’re doing it without raising taxes on folks earning less than $400,000 a year. pic.twitter.com/BQRCeU4gxY
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 26, 2023
“And the President will outline the biggest threat to our economic progress: House Republicans’ MAGA Economic Plan. House Republicans’ MAGA Economic Plan will raise taxes on working families with a 30% national sales tax, make gas prices more expensive, worsen inflation, and cut Social Security and Medicare. The President has been going on offense defining House Republican’s economic proposals in recent weeks as bad for working families in remarks, videos, and hosting Secretary Granholm in the press briefing room,” the White House official’s memo falsely concludes.
The speech appears to be laying the groundwork for a run by Biden or whoever the anointed one is for the left in 2024. It certainly does not sound “unifying.”
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