President Joe Biden has visited Pennsylvania four times since December 1st, 2023.
Like clockwork, President Biden is back in the commonwealth angling ahead of November’s elections for the 19 electoral votes that Pennsylvania can deliver. With the façade of “Bidenomics” wearing off, as the general public grows cognizant of the President’s failed economic policy, President Biden’s visits grow shorter and shorter. Most recently, the President visited Emmaus, Pennsylvania, right in the heart of Congresswoman Susan Wild’s district.
The visit is notable in the sense that this is the first visit for the President outside of the Philadelphia metropolitan area or outside of Pittsburgh and its surrounding counties. For once, the President recognizes that there are many other regions of the commonwealth, and Pennsylvanians outside of of the two largest cities deserve more accountability from their leadership in Washington. However, there’s another driver behind President Biden’s choice to visit the Lehigh Valley: he is attempting to garner support for his failed economic policy in the hopes that he can attempt to win over Congresswoman Wild’s constituency, despite her record on failed economic policy.
The failures of so-called “Bidenomics” cannot solely be attributed to that of President Joe Biden. Congresswoman Wild’s voting record has been in lockstep with Biden since he was sworn in in January of 2021. In early 2023, Congresswoman Wild signed on as an original co-sponsor of Biden’s job-killing PRO Act legislation, which would hurt flexible work at a time where Pennsylvanians are struggling to make ends meet. According to polling conducted last year by LendingClub, a whopping 62% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Last October, the Labor Department reported that 8.4 million Americans held more than one job, presumably due to the rise in inflation. As such, many Pennsylvanians are turning to flexible work through Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and more—but if Congresswoman Susan Wild and President Joe Biden have their way, flexible work will be unattainable for the hardworking Pennsylvanians looking to supplement their current incomes.
When Air Force One touched down in Allentown earlier this month, the President began to force the narrative that his “Investing In America” agenda has helped small business owners in the Lehigh Valley realize economic prosperity. Rather, his central planning disguised as economic development ultimately awarded taxpayer funds to certain industries, allowing for the federal government to determine winners and losers within the market. Amongst the deemed “winners” were the Lehigh Valley International Airport, who were granted $5 million from the Department of Transportation for renovations, and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, who were granted $1 million “to help create a climate action plan.” Congresswoman Susan Wild was on site to enthusiastically welcome the 46th President to the region, sharing, “This is exactly the kind of area that the president should be visiting.” Without a doubt, this endorsement of President Biden’s top-down policies, masked under the name of “Bidenomics”, signals her support of massive government spending bills that further drive our debt to record trillions of dollars and leave the general electorate to face unfathomable economic hardship.
We need to demand more of our representation in Washington. For the sake of economic freedom for all constituents of Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional district and beyond, we must do better. We must reject the President’s failed economic policies through bottom-up solutions that allow us to keep more of our hard-earned resources in our pockets, right where they belong, so that we can make the best economic decisions for ourselves and our families.
Help us by scaling your voice for a more prosperous Pennsylvania—one that rejects President Biden and Congresswoman Wild’s economic plan. Head to BrokenBidenomics.com to make your voice heard.
Emily Greene is Deputy State Director with Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania.