Biden slams Trump on economy (Isabel Hughes)

News Journal story: Speaking at Wilmington’s West End Neighborhood house on Friday, Biden reportedly slammed the president for:

(1) A recently article in the Atlantic stating, based on anonymous accounts and vehemently denied by the administration, that Trump had referred to fallen Army soldiers as “losers” and “suckers” in conversations with staff members. Biden went on about this alleged occurrence at some length, apparently, saying things like “President Trump has demonstrated he has no sense of service, no loyalty to any cause other than himself."

(2) “Chaotic mismanagement” of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is supposedly hindering the country’s economic recovery. OK, the just-out monthly jobs report indicated the addition of 1.4 million jobs in August and a reduction in the unemployment rate to 8.4% vs.10.2% in July. But this marked a slowdown in the recovery from 4.8 million jobs added in June and 1.8 million jobs in July.

Less than half of the 22 million jobs lost in early spring due to coronavirus shutdowns have been recovered to date, and “this remains the worst economic situation since the Great Depression.” Also, our unemployment rate is still double what it was pre-shutdown, “while other major industrial nations [in Europe and Asia] have only gone up by half.”

Biden didn’t offer a timetable for ending the pandemic or full economic recovery, saying only that he will further outline his economic agenda in coming weeks.

This kind of negative campaigning is uninspiring, to say the least. Also, see this report indicating that the US has been a pacesetter in recovering from the pandemic. US handling coronavirus recession better than Europe, Tim Worstall, Washington Examiner, 8/29/20.
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