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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at her press briefing today that although unemployment is down, government dependency is not–and that wages must rise.
CNSNews.com asked Pelosi: “The unemployment rate in May was 3.8 percent—the lowest it has been in 18 years. Is that good news?”
The article goes on to state the following:
Pelosi said: “Well, as I said, unemployment rate is one indication. The fact is, and this has happened before, that people say: Oh my goodness, that people are saying the unemployment rate is down, why isn’t my purchasing power increasing?
“So, this isn’t just about the unemployment rate, it’s about wages rising in our country, so that consumer confidence is restored,” she said. “Because our economy will never fully reach its possibilities unless we increase the consumer confidence and that can only be increased by a better deal, better jobs, better wages, better future, and lowering costs to families–whether its prescription drugs, by really lowering the cost of prescription drugs–and that list goes on.”
CNS NEWS also noted her mocking response, speaking for American workers on the new record-breaking unemployment numbers:
“So, in terms of the national stability of America’s working families,” said Pelosi, “unless we have an increase–a very significant increase in wages–bigger paychecks, we are going to increase the frustration of America’s families because they’ll be saying: Hip, hip hooray, unemployment is down! What does that mean to me in my life? I need a bigger paycheck.’ That’s the apprehension American families have had for a while and continue to have and we must address.”
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 8, 2018
Below is the video of her full remarks, set to play at the 16 minute mark, when she was asked the question about unemployment. Watch her 2-minute response:
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