Biden: Child Tax Credit Will “Put 720 Million Women Back in the Workforce”
Says his words made him “sound like a wonk”
Some folks will say just about Anything to get themselves elected. The latest exaggerated statement comes from Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, who recently made the incredible claim that his proposed child tax credit would “put 720 million women back in the workforce.” Could somebody please fact check this? LOL — oh, we just did. Candidate Biden receives a giant Pinocchio on this one. Yes, rather than sounding like a “wonk” the aging former VP is sounding quite wonky.
Biden made this absurd statement while speaking at the “Workers’ Presidential Summit” in Philadelphia. Following his remarks about his proposal for an $8,000 child tax credit, the former Vice President said his words made him “sound like a wonk.”
“You get a tax break for a race horse. Why in God’s name couldn’t we provide an $8,000 tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs?” Biden said. “It would put 720 million women back in the workforce. It would increase the GDP—to sound like a wonk here—by about eight-tenths of one percent. It would grow the economy.”Rather than sounding like a “WONK,” Biden’s proposal is WONKY, considering we only have about 330 million people living in the United States, it is quite obvious this statement was simply another of Uncle Joe’s blunders. Biden was unclear about which studies or statistics he may have had in mind.
While Biden has touted the $8,000 tax credit in at least three speeches over the last month, he opposed expanding a childcare tax credit in 1981. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), who recently dropped out of the Democratic primary for president, slammed Biden in early August for his record on women working outside the home, saying she thinks he is “full of BS.” [Is anybody else out there agreeing with the senator? Please comment below]
Biden did not discuss gender or mothers in his op-ed, but Gillibrand framed it during the debate as Biden saying “women working outside the home” would deteriorate the family. CNN interviewer Brooke Baldwin pointed that out and noted Biden said during a Senate floor speech that year he had no issue with working mothers.
Gillibrand dramatically asked Biden if her service in Congress as a mother was part of a deterioration of the family, but he had a ready retort, saying he was a single parent for five years following the death of his first wife and knew the cost of childcare well. He defended his record on women’s issues and tied Gillibrand’s attack to base politics.