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Walker, Rick Scott Campaign Against Biden

Republican event in Hales Corners warns of inflation, setting tone for 2022 election.

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - Aug 17th, 2021 11:45 am
Scott Walker speaking at the 833 East groundbreaking event in downtown Milwaukee in 2014. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Scott Walker speaking at the 833 East groundbreaking event in downtown Milwaukee in 2014. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott and former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took aim at the Biden administration’s economic policy at a Monday afternoon “Save Our Paychecks” event at a Hales Corners supper club.

The two Republicans identified inflation, higher taxes and regulation as indicators that Democrats, who hold a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and 50 seats in the U.S. Senate, aren’t meeting the needs of small businesses and lower-income Americans — a key message as Republicans try to take back the House and Senate in forthcoming elections.

“I grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, we lived in public housing, I had a single mom, and I watched what she went through when we had inflation,” said Scott. “We had to watch what everything cost, because things went up in price … We’re doing the exact same thing to the families in this country right now.”

Inflation has been rising over the past few months. June’s inflation rate was the highest it’s been in nearly 13 years, most of it caused by pandemic-related bottlenecks in supply, such as a shortage of chips that has delayed the production of new cars and led to greater demand for used cars.

“That’s real money that means no matter what you’re making, you’re making less when it comes to your take-home pay — that’s why it’s called ‘save our paychecks,'” said Walker. “You’re making less when it comes to your paychecks because you’re paying more for gas, you’re paying more for food, you’re paying more for housing.”

Scott and Walker also expressed frustration about labor shortages, which they attributed to extended unemployment insurance benefits.

“We’ve still got a federal government, under Joe Biden and his left-wing allies, who are still paying people more not to work, more to be on government assistance than they were making on work,” said Walker. “Anytime you go out for a fish fry, you go out around town or around the state, I can’t tell you how many business owners actually put up signs that say ‘Please forgive our slow service, forgive the time it’s taking, we just can’t find enough people to work.'”

The nationwide unemployment rate hit a 16-month low in July and nearly a million jobs were added. Data also shows that there are more job-seekers than open positions, though concerns over health, caregiving and other pandemic issues may have contributed to difficulty finding workers in certain sectors. The combination of state and additional federal unemployment benefits only exceed the average wages in three states. Wisconsin was not among them.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Julia Hamelburg said in an email that Gov. Tony Evers has been working with President Joe Biden to “build back better” from the pandemic.

“With continuing jobless claims hitting pandemic-era lows and the child tax cut delivering for working families, it’s clear the economy is bouncing back thanks to President Biden and Gov. Evers,” she said. “Americans are getting hired at record rates, paychecks are going up, and the economy is shattering expectations.”

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Republicans, Setting Tone For 2022 Elections, Target Biden Economic Policy At Hales Corners Event was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio. 

One thought on “Walker, Rick Scott Campaign Against Biden”

  1. sbaldwin001 says:

    Does Mr. Walker have any credibility left after all that has not happened at Foxconn? Where are the 13,000 jobs and the large screens? Eventually, something will have to happen at that facility, and if it is anything positive, we are sure to hear from him again.

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