By almost every economic indicator, the American economy is surging out of the shutdown. Almost every indicator.
In the recent jobs report, we saw that far fewer jobs were created than anticipated by all the smarty pants on President Biden’s economic team. The unemployment numbers actually increased. How can this happen when there is so much pent-up demand?
How can this happen when soooo many businesses are looking for workers to fill the jobs. Restaurants and retail establishments cannot meet their customer demands because they do not have – and cannot find – the workers.
Some say the upward tick in unemployment is due to a LOT of folks preferring to live off the increased unemployment benefits until they run out in September – assuming the progressives in Congress do not extend them further. Even a lot of Democrats, who pushed for all those generous unemployment benefits, now have the chutzpah to blame those very benefits as one of the major problems. In a back-handed sort of way, they are now admitting the Republicans were correct when they warned of this outcome. The proverbial chickens have come to roost.
But Democrats have a solution to the problem. Uncle Sam should shovel more money into a potentially overheated economy. Of course, you can rest assured that no matter what the problem, Democrats will want to solve it by putting more money into the economy – money they get by increasing taxes, borrow money from foreign governments or just printing more paper money. And all those methods lead to very bad outcomes for the American people.
Democrat leaders – and especially all those on the left, which means every one of them with the possible exception of Senator Joe Manchin – seem clueless to the serious negative impacts of their longstanding policy of spend, spend, spend, and … They even propose more spending to solve problems that were initially caused by their excessive spending.
But there is purpose in their madness. Money means control. They see we the people as that pet canine that repeatedly jumps on command to snatch a bit of dog treat from the hand of the master – and maybe that is what we are becoming. Or even worse … maybe Democrats have discovered that is what we always were.
During the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the federal government increased the level of unemployment benefits by $300. Even if a person can make more money going to work, many will temporarily take less because … well … they do not have to go to work. It is more like a prolonged paid vacation.
Once again, when it comes to economic policies, the Republicans in Congress have been the adults in the room. They understand that there are limits to how much Uncle Sam can tax and spend without doing serious damage to the economic welfare of all the people.
And just to make it clear. This commentary is not opposing unemployment compensation as a temporary bridge – just excessive unemployment compensation. Economic growth depends on people working – the more the better. Subsidizing not working is economic lunacy.
So, there ‘tis.