Former vice president and Democratic candidate Joe Biden caused controversy by offering “shovel ready” jobs, a phrase used in a criticized 2009 stimulus plan while in the Obama administration.
This time around, Biden promises a $775 billion, 10-year plan that would boost care for children and the elderly.
Commenting on his new plan, Biden said, “That’s what care jobs are all about. They’re ready for the shovel. The workers are ready now. These jobs can be filled now,” according to Fox News.
The statement, issued July 21, prompted Trump Rapid Response Director Andrew Clark, to issue a tweet that seems to mock Biden as he refers to the economic results of that time. “Joe Biden just promised ‘shovel-ready’ jobs. Where have we heard this before?”
Biden promised “shovel-ready” jobs the last time he was in charge. Instead, he created (in his own words!) a “depression for millions and millions of Americans,” Clark said.
“Joe Biden admitted that Americans suffered under his economic ‘recovery’. Biden oversaw the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression when he was vice president. He continues to push failed, old, liberal ideas that will kill jobs, stop wage growth, and hurt families,” Clark added in the same tweet.
Joe Biden just promised “shovel-ready” jobs.
Where have we heard this before? 🤔
Biden promised "shovel-ready" jobs the last time he was in charge. Instead, he created (in his own words!) a "depression for millions and millions of Americans.” pic.twitter.com/eLK7dEAOdr
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) July 21, 2020
Similar support to that promised by Biden had already been promoted by the president’s senior adviser Ivanka Trump, on child care by increasing the tax credit for children and paid leave for the federal workforce.
“@realDonaldTrump has done more to support America’s working families in 3 years than Biden has done in + 4 decades,” Ivanka wrote in a tweet.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 21, 2020
Obama himself, from his position, alluded to the results obtained in the past with the investment programs in the country’s economic reactivation, in which the phrase now repeated by Biden became familiar.
“Ready for the shovel wasn’t as ready for the shovel as we had hoped,” Obama admitted to his jobs council on the 2009 stimulus package.
Also, FOX Business anchor and political commentator Stuart Varney recalled on July 20 the origins of the 2008 recession, in which the Obama administration played a major role.
“When President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued its decline from the credit crisis and fell to 7,949.09, the lowest inaugural performance (as measured by percentage decline) of the Dow since its inception in 1896,” the trade publication Investopedia reported.
“The market disaster had begun on September 29, 2008, when electoral favoritism was leaning toward Obama, with the loss of 777 points never before seen, which contributed greatly to the “stock market crash of 2008,” Varney recalled.
The resources to finance his 10-year stimulus plan will be taken from the tax increase that Biden has also promised.