Biden’s job-market mess and other commentary

Conservative: Biden’s Job-Market Mess

With the economic system reopening, “all that President Biden and his Democratic allies had to do for the jobs market to take off at or near historic levels was . . . do nothing, stupid,” snarks Andy Puzder at Fox Business. “Unfortunately, the temptation was too great.” In March, Democrats — “without a single Republican vote in the House or the Senate” — prolonged the federal $300 weekly jobless bonus till September. “The job market reacted immediately”: In April, the variety of month-to-month new jobs plummeted to 266,000, from 770,000 in March, whereas the unemployment charge grew to six.1 %. Biden’s answer? “More of what’s causing the current problem in the first place — government spending”: He’s pushing his $2.3 trillion infrastructure and local weather plan” and really claiming it “will create new jobs.”

Liberal take: Don’t Bet on GOP Self-Destruction

Those pondering “the prospect of a divided Republican Party offers hope that this ‘civil war’ will redound to Democrats’ advantage in 2022 . . . shouldn’t be so sure,” Jeff Greenfield warns at Politico: “It’s getting harder to detect any serious division among rank-and-file Republicans.” And “history is littered with times that critics on the left, and in the pundit class, were positive the Republican Party was setting itself up for defeat by embracing its extremes . . . only to watch the party comfortably surge into power.” Fact is, “a Trump-dominated Republican Party is a strong contender to take the White House next time around. And, contrarian as it may seem, the lockstep devotion to the former president may actually enhance, rather than lessen, its chances.”

Media watch: Partisan Political ‘Science’

Academics “launder partisanship as political science,” finds The Washington Free Beacon’s Aaron Sibarium — and the media eat it up. Provocative headlines off a University of Washington examine known as GOP management “bad for democracy.” But lots of the examine’s “democracy indicators” — “same-day voter registration, felon enfranchisement, decarceration, no voter-ID laws” — “parallel the policy preferences of progressive activists,” not the general public: “Most Republicans and over half of Democrats back voter-ID laws,” and greater than three-quarters of Americans assume the criminal-justice system is “too lenient” or “about right.” In other phrases, the examine assumed that “maximizing democracy means defying the popular will.” Oops! Similar “research” that relied on indicators “scored by liberal academics” led to the CNN headline: “US Republicans are starting to look a lot like authoritarian parties in Hungary and Turkey, study finds.”

From the appropriate: Joe’s ‘Neanderthal’ Slur

When, asks the Issues & Insights editorial board, will President Biden apologize for “using a slur a Republican could never get away with” by calling it “Neanderthal thinking” when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves opted to loosen up COVID restrictions? The information present that crimson states’ strategy to the pandemic “performed no worse, and in some cases better, than the ‘enlightened’ thinking that gave us the masked-up, locked-down states.” But since “today’s Democrats and their media collaborators are convinced they are intellectually and morally superior to those who don’t agree with them,” they really feel no have to “issue apologies for the mocking ridicule they so proudly dished out.”

Foreign desk: Don’t Empower Iran’s Belligerence

When the US Navy on May 6 seized a “stateless dhow in international waters” full of an “illicit shipment of weapons,” Iran’s dictators cried “plausible deniability.” But don’t be fooled, Austin Bay writes at Creators; Iran’s “corrupt state planned, assembled and shipped the weapons.” Why? The regime “is intrinsically violent. It has been on the State Department’s state-sponsor of terrorism list since 1984.” The ship’s “destination was Yemen, an Indian Ocean beach or a small port in the Red Sea,” and for “over 15 years,” Iran “has armed and financed Yemen’s major rebel group, the Houthis.” Beware: “Ending economic sanctions will just give the mullahs more money to spend on proxy wars like the one in Yemen.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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