(CBrief) – Once again, Vice President Kamala Harris has put the White House and the president she works for under some duress over a remark she made during an event last week.
As President Biden and his administration attempt to tout “Bidenomics” amid a sluggish economy that, according to a recent survey, is increasingly concerning for a majority of Americans, Harris said that most Americans would go “bankrupt” if they had an unexpected expense of $400 at an event late last month on “reproductive rights.”
Her remarks alluded to the fact that a sizeable portion of the country can’t afford to save much money because they are spending what they earn just to get by.
“Harris spoke at length about how women in Iowa will endure economic hardship traveling to other states for a legal abortion post-Roe v. Wade if a court allows a state abortion bill to take effect,” Fox News reported.
She said: “If she is a single parent, she’s going to have to be able to pay for that childcare. She’s going to lose time for work. Maybe she has paid family leave. Maybe she doesn’t. Maybe she has paid sick leave. Maybe she doesn’t. She will have to be able to pay for a plane, train, bus, gas. Most Americans are a $400 unexpected expense away from bankruptcy.“
Conservatives and other critics of the administration seized upon the comment on social media, pointing out that the increased costs Americans are facing for almost everything were attributed to President Biden’s economic policies, as well as the policies of Democrats during their control of Congress in the first two years of his term.
“Yeah, that’s called Bidenomics and it’s a problem,” GOP presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina tweeted in response. “Americans have lost $10,000 in spending power because of the Biden-Harris agenda.”
“Thanks to you and your boss,” the Citizen Free Press “X” account said.
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— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) July 28, 2023
Bonchie from Red State added: “They’ve been in office 2.5 years.”
Actor Nick Searcy took another view: “And that is EXACTLY where @VP and @Joebiden want most Americans to be. They want you destitute and helpless so that your only chance at survival is government. Democrats want to increase dependency.”
Canary CEO and pundit Dan Eberhard tweeted: “Even Kamala Harris thinks Bidenomics is a complete and utter failure!”
Harris’s statement likely alluded to a 2022 Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households survey published this year, revealing that approximately 40% of Americans do not have enough savings to handle a $400 emergency expense, Fox News noted. They would need to resort to using credit cards or borrowing money to meet the expense.
Liz Peek noted in a column at The Hill that rising energy prices, especially gasoline, are going to “torpedo Bidenomics.”
“More bad news for President Biden: Prices at the pump are heading higher again — and this time he cannot look to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to bail him out,” she wrote.
A new survey over the weekend found that most Americans consider the economy to be the most important issue heading into the 2024 election. And to that point, more Americans blame Biden for their worsening personal economic outlook.
Last fall, ahead of the November midterms, which saw Republicans regain control of the House, a CBS/YouGov Battleground Tracker poll asked “a number of questions about the upcoming elections, the overall state of the economy, and whether or not they were satisfied with the direction the country was heading.”
“The worst news for Democrats came from the questions about the economy, as 65% of those polled said that they felt like the United States economy was getting worse compared to only 15% who believed it was getting better. Another 20% said that the economy was staying the same,” The Daily Wire reported at the time.