Joe Biden Slams Trump's Job Growth, Demands 'Moral' Economy
Democrat 2020 hopefuls criticize Trump's rapid job growth
Joe Biden and other Democrats running for president in 2020 have criticized Trump's accelerated job growth and historic low unemployment, saying that America needs a "moral" economy.
The calls for attacking a healthy economy that's creating jobs seem to come from the rise of socialist candidates in the Democratic Party.
The Democrats have seemingly settled on a consensus that argues that Trump's economic success is not being "shared" with others, another socialist perspective on Trump's success.
"What happened to a moral responsibility, to a moral capitalism?" former Vice President Joe Biden asked students at the University of Pennsylvania.
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The 2020 hopeful cited his work with General Motors as part of the automobile industry bailout, before criticizing the company for failing to invest in worker training and dating when it grew.
"I'm not looking for charity. Business is not in business to be in charity; it's to make money. But the last dime does not dictate what corporate responsibility should be," Biden said.
"And look, I don't begrudge anybody making a million or hundreds of millions of dollars, I really don't. But I do think there's some shared responsibility and it's not being shared fairly for hard-working, middle-class, working-class people."
Another 2020 hopeful, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, echoed Biden in a similar speech at the "Politics and Eggs” breakfast hosted by the New England Council and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
Harris told attendees that their success shouldn't be "vilified" because it was created in the "pursuit of the American Dream."
But she also criticized champions of the Trump economy for emphasizing job quantity job quality.
"Yeah, people are working. They are working two or three jobs," Harris said.
"We have to address these truths and do it in a way that recognizes that there is some course correction that needs to happen."
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who recently declared his 2020 candidacy, claimed people aren't necessarily getting ahead because of Trump's job creation.
"Well, working Americans would tell you that the dignity of work is being stripped from them," Booker said.
"Working Americans would tell you they're working harder than their parents and falling further behind. Working Americans will tell you that while their salaries may moderately have gone up, what's gone up more is the cost of prescription drugs, cost of child care, the cost of college."
"What Democrats are fighting for is prosperity that is shared. What Democrats are fighting for is a moral capitalism, a capitalism that understands that, when we all succeed, we all succeed," Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told NBC News.
The message was honed in by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in 2016.
"You got three people who own more wealth than the bottom half of America. That is wrong. That's morally wrong, in my view. That is bad economics," he told CBS News on Tuesday.
Last October we reported job openings in the US rose to a record-breaking 7.136 million, according to the monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS.
The report by the Labor Department surprised economists had forecast 6.9 million for the month.
In July, the number exceeded 7 million for the first time ever when it hit 7.077 million.
Prior to April 2017, there had never been more than 6 million job openings in the United States.