President Joe Biden’s chief economic advisor claimed that the economy is “demonstrating resilience” and attempted to split hairs over the definition of a recession to protect his boss at the expense of the American people.
Asked whether a recession was coming, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese followed the White House playbook and nitpicked the “technical definition” of a recession on the July 25 edition of CNN’s New Day with John Berman and Brianna Keilar. “Certainly, in terms of the technical definition, it’s not a recession, the technical definition considers a much broader spectrum of data points.” Deese did not provide an example of the “broader spectrum of data points” to fit his spin.
“If you would, finish this sentence for me,” CNN host John Berman asked Deese. “The state of the U.S. economy is what?”
Deese responded: “I think the state of the economy is demonstrating resilience in the face of very significant global economic challenges.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted: “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” in response to Deese’s misleading word games around the word “recession.” It was a reference to a famous scene from Star Wars where the character Obi-Wan Kenobi uses The Force to control stormtroopers’s minds and trick them into letting him pass by freely.
These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. https://t.co/B8XoIDWNSE— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 25, 2022
And to Deese’s gaslighting on the economy, U.S. GDP fell 1.4 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to CNBC. If GDP falls once again — as the entire country will learn this Thursday — then the U.S. will enter a recession. But that seems to be a very inconvenient truth for the Biden administration. The White House released a July 21 blog that redefined the word “recession” in typical Orwellian fashion:
“What is a recession? While some maintain that two consecutive quarters of falling real GDP constitute a recession, that is neither the official definition nor the way economists evaluate the state of the business cycle.”
Deese also made an absurd attempt to take credit for gas prices dropping slightly. “Because, in part, of the actions this administration has taken, we’ve seen gas prices come down significantly, about seventy cents, over the course of the last month and a half.”
A recent White House blog post similarly argued that the U.S. is technically not in a recession until the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) says so. NBER defines a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and lasts more than a few months,” according to the nonprofit’s website.
However, as The Washington Post noted, two quarters of negative GDP growth is “generally understood to mean a recession” and it is “rare for there to be two consecutive quarters of negative GDP without a recession.”
It is also worth mentioning that the leftist Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded the NBER with a whopping $5,571,065 from 2007 to 2019, according to Foundation Directory Online.
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