Economic policy

Republicans set tone for 2022 election, target Biden’s economic policy at Hales Corners event

Florida U.S. Senator Rick Scott and former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took aim at the Biden administration’s economic policy during a “Save Our Paychecks” event Monday afternoon at a Hales Corners supper club.

The two Republicans identified inflation, rising taxes and regulation as indicators that Democrats, who hold a majority in the US House of Representatives and 50 seats in the US Senate, are failing to meet the needs of small businesses and low-income Americans – a key message as Republicans attempt to retake the House and Senate in the upcoming election.

“I grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, we lived in public housing, I had a single mom, and I watched what she went through when we had inflation,” Scott said. . “We’ve had to watch what everything costs because prices have gone up… We’re doing the exact same thing for families in this country right now.”

Inflation has increased in recent months. June inflation rate was the highest in nearly 13 yearsmost caused by pandemic-related bottlenecks in supply, such as a lack of tokens which delayed the production of new cars and led to an increase in the demand for used cars.

“It’s real money which means no matter what you earn, you earn less when it comes to your take home pay – that’s why it’s called ‘saving our paychecks,'” Walker said. . “You earn less in terms of salary because you pay more for gas, you pay more for food, you pay more for housing.”

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Scott and Walker also expressed frustration with labor shortages, which they attributed to extended unemployment insurance benefits.

“We still have a federal government, under Joe Biden and his left-wing allies, that still pays people more not to work, more for government assistance than they earned for work,” he said. said Walker. “Every time you go out for a fish fry, whether you’re out in town or out in the state, I can’t tell you how many business owners have actually put up signs that say ‘Please , forgive our slow service, forgive the time it takes, we just can’t find enough people to work with.'”

The national unemployment rate hit a 16-month low in July and almost a million jobs have been added. The data also shows that there is are more job seekers than vacancies, although concerns about health, care and other pandemic-related issues may have contributed to the difficulty of finding workers in some sectors. The combination of additional state and federal unemployment benefits exceed average wages in only three states. Wisconsin was not one of them.

Wisconsin Democratic Party spokeswoman Julia Hamelburg said in an email that Governor Tony Evers was working with President Joe Biden to “build back better” after the pandemic.

“With jobless claims continuing to hit pandemic-era lows and child tax cuts for working families, it’s clear the economy is rebounding thanks to President Biden and to Governor Evers,” she said. “Americans are being hired at record rates, wages are rising, and the economy is beating expectations.”