President Joe Biden tried to blow his own horn Sunday by claiming via a tweet that Americans’ real wages are higher than before the pandemic.
Bragging about what his administration calls “Bidenomics,” the president claimed that real wages are higher today than they were before governments shut down businesses in 2020 using the COVID-19 pandemic as their justification.
Right now, real wages for the average American worker is higher than it was before the pandemic, with lower wage workers seeing the largest gains.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 16, 2023
It’s would a great re-election talking point for Biden, if true, which it is not.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the per-hour real wage, adjusted for inflation, was $11.15 in March 2020 and jumped to $11.72 in April 2020. The real wage per hour in June 2023, on the other hand, was $11.05.
In fact, real wages remained mostly steady from June 2020 through September 2021 despite widespread lockdowns and economic havoc. They began trending downward in October 2021 before bottoming out at $10.92 per hour in June 2022. That trend followed the outline of the inflation crisis, which economists widely blamed on Biden’s COVID economic relief package.
Instead of a chorus of grateful Americans thanking the decrepit and habitual liar for helping improve their financial standing, the dishonest tweet quickly earned a swift rebuke from Twitter’s Community Notes.
“The tweet’s claim about real wages contains a factual error,” Community Notes chided Biden. “On 3/15/20 when US COVID lockdowns began real wages adjusted for inflation (AFI) were $11.15. As of 7/16/23 real wages AFI are $11.05. Real wages AFI remain lower (not higher) than before the pandemic.”
Influencer Tim Young reacted:
Community notes jumped on this one fast.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 17, 2023
Another user called Joe out for his deceptive comments.
Why does @JoeBiden lie so much? Maybe because he was still elected even after trying three times before and being tossed out for his deceit. If you see that nobody cares, why tell the truth?
— Small Government (@SmallGov4All) July 17, 2023
The Twitter account for the GOP added, “Since Biden took office, real wages are down 3%.”
Since Biden took office, real wages are down 3%.
— GOP (@GOP) July 16, 2023
Biden also used ‘funny math” during his 2023 State of the Union Address by falsely claiming that he had created “12.7 million new jobs, more jobs created in two years than any president has ever created in four years.”
In Realville, the jobs Joe claimed were “created” were actually workers returning to work after being laid off during the COVID shutdown.
The U.S. economy lost over 22 million jobs in March and April 2020 during the peak of the pandemic response with only 12.7 coming back, not good, Joe Biden.
Meanwhile, Biden frequently passes the buck when things don’t well under his watch as the nation’s Commander in Chief.
For example, when gas prices hit record highs last year Joe tried to blame Russia and the oil industry.
But when the gas prices moderated the administration hypocritically took credit for the lower prices and praised Biden.
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