Rep. Gwen Moore on Low Minority Unemployment: 'Blah, Blah, Blah'

By Craig Bannister | February 14, 2019 | 12:01pm EST


Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) (Screenshot)

“Blah, blah, blah,” Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) responded Wednesday to positive economic news for minorities.

After listing the ways African-Americans and Hispanics are thriving in the current economy, Rep. Moore concluded “Blah, blah, blah” during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing:

“My good friend and my good colleague Mr. LaHood waxed on about the health of the economy. It’s growing faster than ever.

“GDP is great, unemployment is at an all-time low. African-Americans are doing well. Hispanics are doing well. Wages are rising at the fastest pace in ten years — blah, blah, blah.”

“Ninety percent of all taxpayers over all income categories received a tax cut under the tax cut and jobs act, and so on and so forth.

“And, so, there seems to be kind of a disconnect between this recitation of things and what testimony we’ve heard here today.”

Rep. Moore was dismissing the positive economy news reported earlier in the meeting by Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.). Rep. LaHood highlighted gains made in minority communities, private sector jobs, manufacturing and wages – while also acknowledging the validity of his Democrat colleagues’ concerns:

“We’ve never seen this before. And, you look at the statistics, and Mr. Rice went over it. GDP is growing at over three percent. Lowest Unemployment in over fifty years, in all sectors: African-American community, Hispanic community, with women, with people with disabilities. Private sector wages continue to go up.

“Look, the stock market’s up 27%, and remember, that affects 529 plans for middle-class Americans, 401K plans, all retirements – created 5.3 million new jobs in the last two years, six hundred thousand in manufacturing. Nobody ever thought we’d bring back manufacturing in this country, and we’ve done it.

“It doesn’t mean we don’t have challenges. Clearly, we do, and a number of you have hit on those challenges, and we ought to be working on those right now. But, when you look at economy, I look at this as let’s do no harm with the economy and keep it going, and let’s focus on these other things.”

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