Biden uses progressive message to roll out his moderate economic plan


Learned learned that that 1.3 1.3 million million people people newly newly filed filed for for unemployment unemployment in in the the U. U. S. S. Last Last week. It adds to the bleak backdrop for the presidential election as the candidates pitch their plans to revive a pandemic ravaged economy. Today, Joe Biden went to Pennsylvania to announce his economic recovery plan. And here to unpack it is NPR's Daniel Kurtz livin. Hey, Daniel. Ailsa. Hey. So, what is Biden proposing here? So it's a plan, he said, to rebuild after Cove it after this recession we're having. He has said already, for example, that he wants to better aid local governments and extend the crisis. Unemployment payments people have now But his speech today also laid out more. He took an optimistic tone. Amid all this bleakness, saying, yes, their crises happening right now multiple, but that those can also be opportunities. But each of these also presents tremendous opportunity for the nation on opportunity to prepare now for the future threats. Ueno are just around the corner on opportunity. To address fundamental inequities of our nation. Growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else. So he has four big pillars to this plan he laid out today. One is boosting manufacturing One is spending on infrastructure. One is boosting people's ability to get childcare and provide care to their relatives and fourth racial economic equities, closing some very big gaps between different racial and ethnic groups in our country, so Yes, he's saying, Here's how I want to get out of this crisis. But also he was making the pitch that we can come out of this with better fundamentals Underlying the economy. I mean, wow, when you lay out the four pillars like that, they're pretty ambitious ideas. What struck you in all of this? Yes, it is ambitious. That is definitely a big thing. I mean, largely what he put out there is just an outline with more concrete plans to come. But one is that this is a firmly Democratic capital D plan with a focus on unionization and racial equity and paid leave. Very popular ideas among Democrats. So while some of the ideas are ambitious in size or scope, the what of these plans like buying American goods and boosting unions, those are broadly agreeable among Democrats and maybe some independence, too. One other thing is, we should also say that he did release more detailed plans in particular on one of those pillars manufacturing. He wanted to make sure, for example, that the government buys American goods when it spends taxpayer money and That is one of those big in size and scope, things. He's proposing for $100 billion in procure procurement from US manufacturers. That's a lot. Yeah, it is a lot. I mean, on manufacturing. We do see politicians talk a lot about manufacturing. Like President Obama did it. President Trump definitely does it. Tell me why does manufacturing in particular? Why does it so often gets so much political attention. That's there's so much here. I mean, you can read both economic and political motives into it Economic because yes, automation has eaten away at a lot of manufacturing jobs. But even then, manufacturing still employs a lot of Americans and those can be good paying stable jobs like Joe Biden often says. And by the way we've seen during this pandemic that we've needed a boost in producing things like protective gear and ventilators. But aside from that, think about demographics. There are lots of white men in manufacturing. Trump has done very well with them so Biden could maybe pick up some votes there. And super importantly, manufacturing is big, big and swing states like Pennsylvania, where from where Biden was today.

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