Democrats running for President face a serious obstacle: most voters over the age of four remember what it was like when they were last in charge. They can’t say, “Put us back in charge so we can bring back stagnant wages, anemic job creation and record low GDP growth!” So they’ve settled on a new tack: Sure, under Trump, GDP and job creation are both way up, wages are rising and unemployment is at historic lows in all demographics. But that’s not good enough! Like walls, jobs become immoral when they're created under Trump!
No, I’m not kidding. That’s actually the argument they’re making: sure, you have jobs now, and your pay is rising at long last, but those aren’t “moral jobs.” America needs a “moral” economy, which they define as more government control of the means of the production to make it do things that liberal politicians believe are moral.
First of all, why would anyone turn to politicians for moral guidance? That’s like asking a hog for tips on table manners. Second, we know these particular politicians have a soft spot for socialism. Here’s a socialist’s definition of “moral” government: we’re sending food and medicine to aid starving Venezuelans and socialist President Maduro is closing the border to keep it from coming in.
What these Democrats are actually calling for is more government interference, more regulations, more taxes -- in short, more of everything that stifled economic growth for eight long years. They claim it’s immoral that the costs of prescription drugs and college are so high, but that’s largely due to government interference in the marketplace. Sen. Kamala Harris even repeated the debunked claim that Americans are “working two or three jobs" to survive. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 4.9% of Americans have more than one job. That includes many people who choose to work more than one job because of the gig economy or just for the variety and challenge (and no longer because their brain child, Obamacare, punished businesses for hiring more than 50 employees full time.)
These candidates claim that they want to impose “shared prosperity,” but by expanding government and choking private sector job creation, what they really impose is shared misery. But that’s okay, as long as we’re all equally miserable. No thanks. I’m not tired of winning yet.
Incidentally, my favorite part of that linked story is actually this footnote at the end:
“CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that there were 200,000 new jobs in January, and the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. It has since been corrected to note that there were 304,000 new jobs alongside a 4.0 percent unemployment rate. The Washington Examiner regrets the error.”
I’ll bet all the Democratic Presidential candidates quoted in it don’t regret the error, they just regret the correct statistics.
By the way, here’s a concrete (headed) example of what happens to jobs when leftist politicians start injecting their definition of “morality” into the marketplace: