America is first in infrastructure (not 13th) and the package will not create 19 million jobs. Biden admin has to lie to sell this monster bill.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace corrected Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s lies about the infrastructure package on live TV.
Buttigieg claimed America ranks 13th in infrastructure and the package would create 19 million jobs. Both are lies.
19 Million? Try 2 Million Jobs
Chris Wallace played a clip from Buttigieg’s Meet The Press appearance from last Sunday when he said the package “would create 19 million jobs.”
Wallace got right to business:
WALLACE: But it turns out the study you’re citing from Moody’s Analytics says the economy will add 16.3 million jobs without the infrastructure
bill, and 2.7 million more with it. So it doesn’t, as you said last Sunday,
create 19 million jobs.
Again, Secretary Buttigieg, why misled folks?
BUTTIGIEG: Well, you’re right, I should have been more precise. The 19
million jobs that will be created are more than the jobs that will be
created if we don’t do the plan. And it’s very important to make this
point, as you’ve just showed us.
WALLACE: Right, but 2 million — 2 million is not 19 million.
BUTTIGIEG: Now Moody’s is saying that we will create 2.7 million — yes,
exactly, it will create 2.7 million more jobs than if we don’t do it. And
that’s very important, because there are people on this network and others
saying with a straight face that this would somehow reduce the number of
In fact, at least according to that Moody’s analysis, 2.7 million
additional jobs if we pass this package, just further proof that it’s good
for the economy, and taken as a whole, it’s going to add jobs compared to
WALLACE: But would you agree that you and the president and Brian Deese,
the economic adviser on this program last week, you all exaggerated the
BUTTIGIEG: Look, there are a lot of different analyses about just how many
million jobs this is going to create. I saw a Georgetown study, I think it
said an investment of this type will create or save 10 to 15 million —
WALLACE: But, Secretary, you’re the one who recited Moody’s —
BUTTIGIEG: The point is it’s going to create millions of jobs.
Buttigieg tried over and over to make it appear that a difference of 16 million is not a big deal. All that matters is that the package will create millions of jobs:
BUTTIGIEG: It’s part of a scenario that Moody’s says will create 19
But the bottom line is, it’s going to add jobs. And this is a direct
refutation of people who are saying otherwise. So, yes, you’re right, I
should be very precise. The difference in jobs that that particular
analysis suggests is 2.7 million more. That is a great place to be, why
wouldn’t we want America to create 2.7 million more jobs?
And I want to say something else about the jobs that’s very important. The
majority of them, according to a lot of the studies we’ve seen, will be for
people who don’t necessarily have college degrees. So there’s a time when
you’ve got a blue collar communities that are hurting, a lot of questions
about the future of union jobs, construction jobs, manufacturing jobs. These are exactly the kind of jobs we need to be creating.
Um, okay. Say that to the 16 million people who won’t end up getting jobs from this $2.5 trillion package. Remember, over half of the bill does not involve infrastructure.
America is #1 in Infrastructure
Buttigieg and others in President Joe Biden’s administration insisted America ranks 13th in infrastructure. I mean, you have to make America sound like it’s horrible in order to justify spending over $2.5 trillion.
WALLACE: I want to start with a fact check of how the Biden administration
is selling this plan.
You all like to say that U.S. infrastructure is ranked 13th in the world,
but our colleague Chuck Lane of “The Washington Post” did some interesting
research. Three of the nations ahead of us on that list are Singapore, Hong
Kong, and the United Arab Emirates, which are tiny states and hardly
comparable. Of the 10 largest countries geographically, including China and
Russia, the U.S. actually ranks first.
So, Secretary, not to say that everything is fine, but why not be straight
about the actual conditions here in the U.S. to the American people?
BUTTIGIEG: Well, the American people already know that our infrastructure
needs a lot of work. That’s one of the reasons why there’s such strong
support for the president’s American Jobs Plan.
Look, the American Society of Civil Engineers rates our infrastructure,
we’ve been getting a lot of Cs and Ds. But you know don’t need an
engineering report to know that driving on American roads, they’re not the
way they should be. Our bridges need work. We’ve got thousands upon
thousands that are either in poor condition or even structurally deficient.
If you go to U.S. airports and you compare them to airports in other
countries, other developed countries, you know that the U.S. is not at a
high standard. We don’t have a lot of work to do to persuade the American
people that U.S. infrastructure needs major improvement. The American
people already know it.
And that’s one of the reasons why there’s such extraordinary Republican and
independent and Democratic support for this package among the American
WALLACE: Not necessarily in Congress, however.
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