Fact-checkers shoot down Biden’s claim that 19M jobs would be added under new infrastructure proposal

President Joe Biden has earned even more “Pinocchios” from the left-leaning Washington Post.

This time, The Post‘s fact-checkers gave President Biden “two Pinocchios” for his claim that his new infrastructure proposal, the American Jobs Plan, would create some 19 million jobs. 

Such a rating, according to The Post, indicates “significant omissions and/or exaggerations” in the speaker’s claim. The Post explains that “some factual error may be involved but not necessarily. A politician can create a false, misleading impression by playing with words and using legalistic language that means little or ordinary people.”

What Biden left out

According to reports, both Biden and his transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, have alleged that the proposal would bring roughly 19 million jobs to the U.S. over the next 10 years.

“The American Jobs Plan is about a generational investment. It’s going to create 19 million jobs,” Buttigieg told NBC’s Meet the Press in a recent interview, according to The Post. What Biden and Buttigieg haven’t said is that, according to an independent analysis, some 16.3 million jobs would have been added to the U.S. economy anyway, even without the president’s new infrastructure plan.

Just the News did the math:

Subtracting Moody’s 16.3 million figure from Biden’s 19 million projection would equal 2.7 million net jobs created by the infrastructure plan. Rounding up to 3 million jobs and dividing by $2 trillion equals $666,000 per job. If the jobs plan leads to 2.7 million jobs created, the cost to taxpayers would be $740,740.

“Intended to mislead”

That certainly sounds like a raw deal for American taxpayers — and a “significant omission” on the Biden administration’s part.

Brian Riedl, a former Republican aide and current fellow at the Manhattan Institute, suggested to The Post that “the framing” of the White House’s statements “clearly” is “intended to mislead the viewer into believing that enacting the infrastructure bill will create 19 million jobs.”

“The correct framing would be that Moody’s estimates that passing this infrastructure bill will directly add 2.6 million jobs over the long run,” he said.

Just getting started

Of course, a failed fact-check isn’t the only bad news for Biden when it comes to his infrastructure proposal. Thus far, Republicans on Capitol Hill have stayed firm in their opposition to it, arguing that the package is fiscally irresponsible and has little to do with actual infrastructure.

Accordingly, Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have discussed using reconciliation to push the measure through the deeply divided Senate without GOP support. But every Senate Dem would need to be on board, and thus far, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has expressed hesitancy.

Between the misleading statements and a lack of unity among the Democratic caucus, Biden and his progressive agenda are facing an uphill battle that only keeps getting steeper. And this is only the beginning.

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