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May 9, 2021

If you’re as old as I am, you might actually remember when “Saturday Night Live” was funny. If so, you might recall the classic sketch, “Theodoric of York: Medieval Barber” in which Steve Martin played the village’s barber/quack doctor who prescribed the same cure for all ills: “More bloodletting!”

I bring this up because I immediately thought of that when I heard President Biden’s response to Friday’s shockingly bad jobs report. On financial news channels, some reporters had to adjust their glasses and look twice to make sure they weren’t reading the numbers wrong. But no, it was the ugly truth: Economists were expecting a million people to be added to payrolls in April, and the media had trumpeted the upcoming “blockbuster” jobs figures. In reality, the number was only about one-fourth that (266,000), and unemployment actually went up, even with the pandemic easing and the Trump economy coming back to life.

How is that even possible when we’re seeing so many stories of employers who are begging people to apply for all the jobs they need filled? Aside from continuing shutdowns in some states, there are two major reasons:

1. Nobody wants to take lower-paid jobs because thanks to the expanded unemployment benefits, the government has made it more lucrative not to work than to work. Last month, there were over 7 million jobs open, but only 266,000 people took them. In the 1990's, even Bill Clinton finally agreed to stop incentivizing unemployment and move people from welfare to work, but compared to today’s Democrats, Clinton was Barry Goldwater.

The pandemic has also convinced a lot of people that they like working from home and don’t want to go back. Or they can’t take jobs because while businesses are opening again, many schools still aren’t, and they have no child care.

2. This is one you aren’t hearing about, but I believe that many companies are concerned about Biden’s calls for more government, more regulations and massive new taxes on corporations. His profligate spending is also bringing back inflation. They must know that all of those things will drive their costs through the roof while likely hurting the overall economy and reducing their income. So why would they want to risk a lot of hiring and expansion?

Sadly, this wasn’t at all shocking to me, nor to most people to the right of center.

I warned readers for the past year about what would happen if the Democrats took control of the White House and Congress, and now it is. I’m not psychic, I’ve just been around long enough to know that when you believe in policies that have never, ever worked anywhere, trying them again isn’t going to work.

So, what was President Biden’s reaction to this warning that his never-worked-before policies are not working now? As you might have guessed, he blamed Trump and business owners; denied that paying people more not to work than to work was discouraging them from working; insisted that the report was good news, that his policies are showing progress, and that things were moving the right direction; and said this shows we need to do a lot more of the same.

And now you know why I thought of Theodoric of York: “The economy is dangerously anemic!”

Biden’s prescription:

“More bloodletting!”

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  • Garlon Allen

    05/10/2021 01:47 PM

    The answer to the Democrat’s problem is simple!
    1. Blame it on Trump!
    2. Blame it on Bush!
    3. Blame it on Reagan!

  • James Hinkson

    05/09/2021 11:44 PM

    I have not worn a mask since it began and tested negative 3 weeks ago. I only put on a mask to get into a bank and the doctors office. The people who are in charge of the CDC are only looking out for the money they make by trying to enforce their ignorant suggestions for the virus. It is only fear induced control of masses. Most of the people that died were of natural causes and accidents but all were labeled as covid. Biden administration are the most EVIL of all the ones before them and proof is in the actions they have taken so far. PURE EVIL and not for the Public.

  • Karen L Nassie

    05/09/2021 10:09 PM

    Of course, it’s going according to the plan. Getting more people accustomed to living via the government’s handout plan. What the next 3 & 1/2 years will bring, based on what his first 4 months have already manufactured, is NOT what we are about (and he knows it)!

  • Robert Godfrey

    05/09/2021 08:43 AM

    It is amazing to me that with all the evidence right in front of people they still have this unfounded belief that this administration cares about America and its citizens. When this person who claims to be president says the low jobs figures show his policies are working, why can't they accept the fact that his policies are designed to destroy the country??? That's why he claims his policies are working! They are doing whatever they can to make things worse for all! THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE, OR THE COUNTRY!