Joe Biden, who apparently doesn’t subscribe to the belief that anyone receiving unemployment benefits is a lazy mooch, rejected such claims on Monday. “The line has been because of the generous unemployment benefits, that it’s a major factor in labor shortages. Americans want to work. Americans want to work,” he said. “I think the people claiming Americans won’t work even if they find a good and fair opportunity underestimate the American people.” Noting that anyone collecting unemployment who is offered a “suitable job” must take it or lose their unemployment benefits, the president reminded Republicans that there are still 8 million fewer jobs than when the COVID-19 pandemic started, and that the federal unemployment benefits have been a “lifeline” to those without work. “We’ll insist that the law is followed with respect to benefits,” Biden said. “But we’re not going to turn our backs on our fellow Americans.”
Asked by Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy how the administration knows people are “just choosing not to apply for jobs,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded that there is basically no evidence that the extra unemployment benefits are “a major driver in people not rejoining the work force,” but rather that people may not be rejoining the workforce due to factors like vaccination rates, a lack of childcare, and school reopenings, plus that pesky little thing about employers needing to pay an actual “livable working wage.”
Kevin McCarthy: Liz Cheney is being booted from her House leadership role because she refuses to get over that little January 6 insurrection
According to the House minority leader, “each day spent relitigating the the past is one day less we have to seize the future,” because apparently holding the guy responsible for the Capitol attack, or at least not continuing to let him serve as the party’s de facto leader is too much to ask.
The Gates divorce might not have just been about a marital feud over Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word