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Joe Biden on the Economy: I Don’t Feel Your Pain

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2024
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In 1992, Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton famously answered a voter question about how the national debt affected him personally. Clinton’s response was often paraphrased as, “I feel your pain.”

Whether Bill was for once being sincere or not, his words resonated.

Now President Joe Biden is running for reelection with the opposite message: Stop complaining. Everything is going great. Some of his sycophants in Congress and his stooges in the media are now complaining that the problem isn’t Biden’s failed policies, it’s that Americans are just too stupid to understand how good things are today.

Gail Collins of The New York Times recently groused, “I know politicians aren’t supposed to lecture people about how great their lives are, but it’s weird that the nation doesn’t seem more conscious of how well things are going…Prices have generally stabilized or begun to drop.”

She might as well have taken out a bullhorn and screamed: Listen up, all you little people, Bidenomics is as good as it gets. You’re just going to have to learn to live with 20% higher prices, trillion-dollar deficits, declining purchasing power, schools that don’t teach, crime on the streets, a porous border and $4-per-gallon gas.

Most people boasting about the gleaming economy are inside the Washington bubble or nested inside college faculty lounges.

This Grand Canyon divide between the ruling class and real Americans in tough, blue-collar jobs or starting a career has seldom been more pronounced. Even former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod warned Biden to stop hyping an economy that has left more than half of America behind. “It drives me crazy when he does that,” Axelrod said.

It also makes Biden seem hopelessly out of touch with Main Street America. When nearly two of three Americans say things aren’t going well for their personal financial situation, the “don’t worry, be happy” bromide isn’t the response most voters are looking for.

The vast majority of Americans have seen wages and salaries lag behind inflation now for more than three years. Real wages are down almost 4% under Biden. The inflation rate appeared late last year to be falling to 3% but now is trending back to closer to 5% on an annual basis. There are lots of ways of measuring the decline in real take-home pay for middle-class families, but the best measure is about a $2,500 decline in purchasing power since Biden took over.

Even the job market, which has been strong under Biden — with more job openings than people looking for work — is showing cracks. Part-time employment is surging, and full-time jobs have been negative in the last two months. So hourly wages are rising even as weekly pay is falling.

Biden’s strategy is to blame Trump, “my predecessor,” for the weakling economy — a big stretch given that Trump was already pulling the economy out of the COVID-19 recession six months BEFORE Biden occupied the Oval Office. Inflation was 1.7% when Biden’s predecessor left office, then 18 months and $4 trillion of debt later, the consumer price index had soared to 9.1%.

If this is “morning in America,” something tells me voters are worried what the afternoon is going to look like. To paraphrase James Carville, “it’s still the economy, stupid.” If Biden wants to run for reelection on this economy, it’s all his.

Stephen Moore is a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a senior economic advisor to Donald Trump. His latest book is: “Govzilla: How the Relentless Growth of Government Is Devouring Our Economy.”

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Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
1 month ago

Biden doesn’t feel our pain because he’s too busy CAUSING our pain.

Dean C Howerton
Dean C Howerton
1 month ago

ILLEGETIMATE INCOMPETANT INCOHERANT BOOB!

GMK
GMK
1 month ago

No well-organized crime syndicate feels the pain. So why would the Biden Family Crime Syndicate be any different?

Thinking
Thinking
1 month ago

Ole Joe with O and the deep state want to tell the American people they are stupid as long as you follow Trump. All is well in ole Joe’s world. Kumbaya my Lord Kumbaya. Only we stupid Americans are in to Bidenomics. It works for the elites. Not for the Americans. Everyone has to dig into savings or do without. The exact plan they want to break every American and become dependent on the government for survival. Total control over the population. Socialism/ communism requires it. And O has been destroying this country for years and now with puppet, demented Joe, he is still succeeding. Let’s stop him. Let’s make MAGA and show them we the people are not dumb as the elites like to call us. And their lies have no effect on us, we know the truth.

uncleferd
uncleferd
1 month ago

Well, OF COURSE “President” Biden is indifferent to the suffering of citizens whose household budgets cannot absorb the effects of his policies!
HE DOESN’T CARE – and thinks WE should be activists on a podium for HIS SAKE – even after all that phony ballotting 4 years ago. He’s got the ego of a Caesar… and the intellect of a carrot. He’s done nothing but break laws, bear false witness, and ruin that son of his with the spoiled, narcissist brat example he provided.
The next thing he’ll ruin is our country.

T Smith
T Smith
1 month ago

I’ve noticed over the years that when a Democrat is in the White House, it doesn’t matter how bad the economy is doing, according to the MSM we’ve never had it so good. If it’s a Republican, the sky is falling even when we’re having fatted calf and champagne,

Joe McHugh
Joe McHugh
1 month ago

There is only one sensation that Joe Biden feels, and it’s not the inflation pain, it’s that his depends need changing.

William
William
1 month ago

They would love us to believe he’s just a dunce – which he is – But he’s oh-so-much more!

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Quote from MLK Jr

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Years ago there was conservative news footage of Americans calling out to Jill Biden that her husband is the worst president ever, and her response was a condescending high-pitched “Thank you.” That moment foretold how detached and uncaring Joebama would be about the economy and the pain Americans are feeling in the wallet.

USNVET90
USNVET90
1 month ago

It’s not just the economy anymore. The Country is in peril at the hands of Democrats. Vote red for America’s survival!

Jack Davis
Jack Davis
1 month ago

The liberals running for office include in Bideon should visit a grocery store and observe the senior citizens askeys a see their Meeger purchases and say they’re doing OK. Many
can’t afford a car their their purchasing power is disappearing. The President say he cares , Cares about what, looking at his wealth it doesn’t matter how the low income lives he’s certainly not paying attention, It’s time to replace him .. Do you believe he’s healthy enough to be President again? Please vote for change back to seeing Trump finish the job he started, vote Trump.

Ralph
Ralph
1 month ago

Commisar Biden and his handlers and cohorts DON’T CARE about the deplorables.
They only care about their POWER and CONTROL over those they deem as their serfs.

USN Retired
USN Retired
1 month ago

There are only two classes in a communist country. The upper ruling class, and the impoverished pheasants. We are almost there . . .

Bill R
Bill R
1 month ago

Politicians in general don’t get it. They’re too isolated in their own little worlds on Capitol Hill where everything is done for them. Feel our pain? You have to know what pain is and they don’t experience it enough to know.

Kaiju
Kaiju
1 month ago

Biden: “Don’t !! …. care.”

Felix
Felix
1 month ago

Just read a article Biden is leading Trump in 10 of the polls, I guess we Trump supporters don’t want to accept what fake news is telling us how great Biden omics is, and be thankful that Biden is willing to sacrifice himself to four more years to leading our country.
Thank you Joe Biden, just think where our country would be without you, feeling our pain and working so hard from your Rehoboth beach house, and allowing people from every nation in the world, come through our southern border, to grow our population and have the humanity to provide for all there needs, what an honor. Plus your sensitivity to our climate by taking away all the comforts and conveniences that spoiled us making us jaded to the real problem of weather. What a comfort it was to hear you tell Iran “Don’t” to their threat to Israel, and how effective that was, I’m sure Russia, China and North Korea heard you say “Don’t” and know you are not someone to mess around with. I feel so much secure each night when I go to bed, knowing when I wake up in the morning that you are still President of this great nation, and still in charge. Just think how much more you will be able to do with four more years.
LETS GO BRANDON!

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 month ago

Here in Wisconsin he just has one message on TV he is all in for abortion and that he will over turn what he calls Trumps worst call on not being for abortion but he is the answer for women in this country. He cannot talk about anything else and that goes for his wife that is her message as well and same for Harris they cannot talk on anything else we sit here suffering with sky high prices and open borders with millions pouring into this country what a shame for a president and VP and there so called team

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Biden I DONT CARE

EPF
EPF
1 month ago

Biden is obviously in cognitive decline. He is not running this country, he is only a puppet for someone else. The American Citizens need to know who really is behind all the disastrous decisions being made via the White House. And, hopefully, none of the illegals will be able to cast a vote in November. I am extremely concerned for the future of this country. CLOSE THE BORDERS and deport all who entered illegally before we have a war on our sacred soil. Is it possible that there will be different and worthy candidate names on each party ticket in November (and not Kamala!)? I hope so. May God bless America and bring her back to glory.

David Saucier
David Saucier
1 month ago

When President Biden uses the moniker “trickle down economics” to characterize economic freedom, it will confirm what I’ve known about dimwitted leftists my entire lifetime – that power for themselves supersedes freedom and affluence for the rest of us. When LBJ used the line, it was economically stupid – but it won over 60% of voters. Today’s electorate, more illiterate than they were in the ’60s, will likely fall for it again this time.

MariaRose
MariaRose
1 month ago

That blame everything on Trump argument has lost its luster appeal, when people have begun to see past the lie, especially now that the 1000s of illegal migrants are getting fast-tracked to receiving benefit programs that our poor population is still waiting to get through the application process. Telling us to “don’t worry and be happy” with less while struggling to stay within budget is ridiculous.

Barrett T Smith
Barrett T Smith
1 month ago

I guess those millions of dollars from foreign sources has a way of easing your pain.

Kaiju
Kaiju
1 month ago

I think I understand this one. In order to perceive pain, you need a functioning central nervous system…right???

zoe frost
zoe frost
1 month ago

Huh, who knew…am spending $150 a month for same groceries as few years ago, gasoline is up, cost for electric way up…guess I’m one of the stupid for living in reality, and not being one of the evil anti-Republic socialist/communist/globalist D indoctrinated, propagandized useful idiots!
We’re at the edge of the cliff! Anyone voting D in their purposely upside down world, that will guarantee a totalitarian Amerikazuela if JoeBama are somehow re-elected, is the walking stupid!

Nancy Ryan
Nancy Ryan
1 month ago

There does not seem to be any doubt about it – Biden is a sociopath. The only person he cares about is himself. All he wants is adulation and glory.

Michael J
Michael J
1 month ago

If history is any indicator, it doesn’t matter what form of government is in power, those at the top always live like royalty. It’s does matter though how they got there, after all once the people find out how dumb these elected politicians think we are, the question is will we be duped again? Most likely the answer is yes.

Rich
Rich
1 month ago

No multi-millionaire will ever feel our pain. Especially when they are part of the CCCP and communist at heart. O’bama and O’biden should be ashamed of what they have done to our once great country, as well as all the other multi-millionaire politicians that have been a leach to the American people. Of course they would need a conscience and it appears no hard core communist/democrat has one these days. Very sad. Hopefully there is still time for even more democrat voters to wake up. How many legitimate votes will be cancelled out by the illegal votes? Only God can save us. Pray hard for victory!

JPop
JPop
1 month ago

He needs to be fired this November. He and his Globalist Friends are destroying my Beloved Country.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

She might as well have taken out a bullhorn and screamed: Listen up, all you little people, Bidenomics is as good as it gets. You’re just going to have to learn to live with 20% higher prices, trillion-dollar deficits, declining purchasing power, schools that don’t teach, crime on the streets, a porous border and $4-per-gallon gas. ( And Americans will still vote for Biden, or whoever will take his place in the democrat party) I can’t understand why some think Bidenomics ???? is working.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

No you wouldn’t feel our pain because you don’t have to worry from paycheck to paycheck about your paying bills and buying groceries. Come and live with the rest of us with little or no money and see how it feels. You might see what we are up against.

Melinda
Melinda
1 month ago

In some ways our lives are better than they were 30 years ago. But in many ways they are worse than they were just 6 years ago.

Sam Hawke
Sam Hawke
1 month ago

That’s quite a statement he has uttered.
He’s obviously too busy feeling the pain of every other person in the world!

Don’t sweat it, Joey!
Soon enough you’ll be one and done just like George Herbert Walker Bush was!

Bandido Nomad 1%er
Bandido Nomad 1%er
1 month ago

Lies, manufactured stress, harassment and pain…………all things that are ingredients of revolution. Coming to a neighborhood near you soon.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

If I was a multimillionaire I wouldn’t feel anyones pain either. Its good to be a Biden!

conservativegrl
conservativegrl
1 month ago

Biden doesn’t “feel our pain” because he is well fed, well housed, has all the money, plus, that he could ever need. He doesn’t worry about paying bills because he’s living large on his crooked Chinese money and the taxpayer’s dime!! So why should he worry?!?!

Brian A
Brian A
1 month ago

Everyone likes Joe Biden’s policies they just don’t like the consequences of his policies! You want college loan forgiveness but you don’t want higher taxes, you want open borders but you want a safe place to live, you want to let transgender men compete in sports and use any public restrooms they want, but you don’t want your children growing up perverted! Next time there is a school shooting, remember that there is no God and we evolved from apes! You Lost it America! Enjoy!

Don
Don
1 month ago

FJB

D.Craig
D.Craig
1 month ago

Being 1 of those who hasn’t realized how great my share of the economy is, I have adjusted grocery shopping, the next step includes evaluating health care and prescription costs. Big shout out to Bidens lame,lying economy.

Henry
Henry
1 month ago

And still the dumb a**es will vote for Biden again

DJ
DJ
1 month ago

Having my son, daughter-in-law, and their 3 kids temporarily living with us, breaks my heart to think they have little hope to experience the American dream of home ownership with these high interest rates and an anemic economy.

John
John
1 month ago

Of course he doesn’t feel our pain! He’s so hopped up on the drugs he’s taking I doubt he feels anything, let alone think.That was what was Hitler’s downfall and will be poopy pants, pedophile Biden the Inept Doom.

Norma
Norma
1 month ago

Pain? What pail? Then let him give back all his millions he illegally got! Come back down to the common level!

sue
sue
1 month ago

Biden and his cohorts are all numb from the top of their head down—they can’t feel anything.(Brain dead)

Gary
Gary
1 month ago

I expect dementia Joe will be reelected and the democrats to keep blaming President Trump for everything from our open border to high inflation. When Biden starts WW3 it will be Trumps Fault!
Our Republic is failing!

johnh
johnh
1 month ago

Question: Does Biden pay for his ice cream cones or do the taxpayers or Secret Service?

At a place where truth rules
At a place where truth rules
1 month ago

Well, you do not have to do as millions of us do. We who are not pampered waste life by milking the public cow and a belief system that disappears moment by moment. It is all senseless to the whims of the string pullers. Why would you feel our pain?
Coming to an end, then the signal is changing.

gerald green
gerald green
1 month ago

Biden economy to say the least SUCK, and we the people are not stupid!

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

Basket of deplorables does not listen to him but feels Those who listen would fall into no sense no feeling category

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