Biden Fact-Checked Over Remark Economy ‘Will Create 19 Million Jobs’ if Infrastructure Plan Is Passed

President Joe Biden was slapped by The Washington Post with two “Pinocchios” — which can mean “significant omissions and/or exaggerations” and something similar to “half true” — for a recent remark.

As the Post writes for two “Pinocchios,” “A politician can create a false, misleading impression by playing with words and using legalistic language that means little to ordinary people.”

Biden said during remarks on April 2, “Independent analysis shows that if we pass this plan, the economy will create 19 million jobs — good jobs, blue-collar jobs, jobs that pay well.”

The Post’s fact checker Glenn Kessler points to Moody’s Analytics, an economic research firm, as the source of the “19 million” number the president put out.

“These numbers include many jobs that would be created if government policymakers did absolutely nothing,” Kessler writes. “Confused? Well, so are administration officials at times.”

He goes on to explain how Moody’s report shows three scenarios, which are: No government intervention, American Rescue Plan passed into law, and both the American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan — the infrastructure plan — passed into law.

Moody’s economist and chief author of the report Mark Zandi told the Post, “With the AJP, the economy will create 18.96 million jobs between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2030. Without the AJP, the economy will create 16.3 million jobs [in that period]. If the ARP had not been passed and without the AJP, the economy would have created 15.65 million jobs.”

Therefore, over 10 years, about 15.65 million jobs were estimated to be created with no new government intervention.

The infrastructure plan would provide a boost to the economy, as “almost 2.7 million additional jobs would be created over 10 years,” Kessler writes.

The Post points out that some Biden administration officials have “bungled” talking points to make it seem that 19 million jobs would all come directly from the infrastructure plan.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during Friday’s press briefing, “A report from Moody’s Analytics that came out yesterday afternoon projects that the economy will create 19 million jobs over the next decade if Congress passes the American Jobs Plan.”

Kessler notes the lines used “do not include the word ‘help,’ as in ‘will help create.'”

Regarding Biden’s and other administration officials’ comments, Kessler writes, “This is an example of the White House wanting to have its cake and eat it too.”

“Note how Biden carefully does not say the infrastructure plan would create 19 million jobs; instead, he says the economy would create that many jobs if the plan was passed,” he adds. “Biden’s language is just on the edge of being technically correct, but even experienced communicators such as Deese and Buttigieg messed it up during interviews.”

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  1. Mad King Biden the Usurper and Divider BS!! I remember when the Obamanation and minions like Pelosi told us how everyone was going to be provided affordable healthcare and the National Debt was going to be paid off by Obamacare. BS!! Then came Medicaid expansion to include people that never paid anything into the program, bankrupting the program. BS!! I remember the great infrastructure plan of the Obamanation that was going to provide millions of ‘shovel ready’ jobs. BS!!

    We are now in the 3rd month of the Mad King’s dictatorship and we are being told about the great and wonderful $2 trillion infrastructure bill that is expected to include almost $800 billion to support Solar and Wind energy incentives. More BS!!! No Doubt the Democrat State Media will be telling what a special, most excellent plan this will be. We will be told how only the edumacated people that believe in science (like gender changes, fetuses not being a life and cars causing climate change) will be in favor of it. Remember: “If you don’t support the Mad King’s plans, you are the unedumacated ones”. Repeat, repeat, repeat, ad infinitum!!

  2. Perhaps. But his wife so desperately wanted the status that his problems were not her concern. And Democrats have no problem with prancing him out to make a fool of himself. After all Obama wanted a third term.

        1. Are you under the impression that ANYONE has moved on from Trump? IJR has posted three articles so far today with Donald Trump tagged.

          And wasn’t it just last month conservatives were so caught up on Trump they had a golden statue of him at CPAC? He is still a major figure in the Republican party and probable 2024 candidate – by the Republican party own admission. Why wouldn’t people still be talking about him?

          1. I have phoenix. I live in the present, ponder the future and LEARN from the past. I know ALL of the prog/left/lib/dims will need that sentence explained to them since they do not show the ability to do ANY of the three.

          2. wow phnx… we were worried about you… we thought you were that black guy that was trying to jump out of the plane a couple days ago… and yet.. here you are…

          3. Penis – You see, we know that we were cheated out of another term for President Trump and prosperity because the lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats cheated during the election. You can deny this of course. After all the Democrat State Media repeats, repeats, repeats that the election was the most excellent and ultra fair election ever and somehow Mad King Biden the Usurper and Divider managed to get just enough votes to pull ahead in the swing states after the polls were closed and the counting had stopped for the night. It was a miracle. Somehow, more people voted for President Trump than any other person (except the Mad King) in a supposed losing effort. Somehow, more people voted than any time in history. Somehow, more people voted for the Mad King (a guy that had a hard time getting more than 50 people to show up for a rally) than the Obamanation, who undoubtedly had a much higher percentage of the Black vote than the Mad King.

            Add all that to the fact that we’ve gone from prosperity, energy independence and job success (before we were attacked by China) than anyone since Reagan, an unemployment rate lowest in over 50 years. The Mad King has reversed all that in his first 2 months and promises to destroy any hope of getting it back in the foreseeable future. Yes, we will still talk about President Trump and the hope that, with his influence, we conservatives will get back control of the House or Senate or both in 2022 and the Presidency in 2024. That will be the only way to save America from the disaster we are suffering now.

            Liberal/Democrat turds can claim that all is well, but we see prices rising everywhere and the chaos at the border. We see businesses closing since the Mad King took over and jobs once again lost. WE will never forget the stolen Presidency and the consequences of it.

      1. Trump would have a long way to go catching Joe and his gaffes. Just think if he faced the press just once a week. There are close to 570k so called Covid deaths. 400k on inauguration day. Where is the press hammering Joe on those 170k deaths in 2 1/2 months?

        1. CDC Report “So far this year, the CDC reports that 2,877,601 people have died. At the same point in 2018, the number was 2,606,928, and in 2019, it was 2,614,950. The number of deaths to this point in 2020 is at least 260,000 greater than either of the past two years.” This would indicate that Cancer, Heart disease, accidents, suicides, and other diseases took a holiday during 2020 or someone is lying about the number of Covid19 deaths. I believe the latter. Health official briefings to the press about how they determine a Covid19 death would support that. Given the normal increase in those other causes, that would make the actual deaths from Covid19 about 200,000 or less. That pales in comparison to cancer and Heart disease. Someone is lying for political or monetary gain.

      2. James – Please explain how “Trump thinking the Kansas City Chiefs play in Kansas or that Putin is the USA’s best friend.” made one iota of difference in the price of anything, our energy independence or the crisis at the Southern Border. Mad King Biden the Usurper and Divider has screwed us all in just his first 2 months in the White House. Much more misery to come!!