Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been seeking to emphasize his economic plan in recent campaign events, but his rhetoric is falling flat in the eyes of some critics.
Despite declaring that he would be the nation’s “strongest labor president” if elected in November, one columnist argues that the former vice president’s policies would actually spell the demise of millions of American jobs.
“All but impossible”
Libertarian-conservative writer Brad Polumbo made his case in a recent editorial published by the Washington Examiner.
He specifically cited the potential fallout of the Protecting the Right to Organize, or PRO Act, which Biden promised “will end” a GOP war on labor unions if he is elected president.
While touted as a benefit to pro-union workers, Polumbo pointed out that the downside could be enormous. In response to a state bill instituting similar provisions, Uber and Lyft have threatened to shut down their operations in California.
“Biden’s desire to make full-time independent contracting all but impossible through the PRO Act would likely put many of these drivers in the other 49 states out of work,” the columnist wrote.
As part of California’s controversial Assembly Bill 5, employers would be required to classify contract workers as employees, essentially shuttering the so-called gig economy including freelancers and drivers.
California’s controversial bill
Nevertheless, Biden’s supporters and proponents of the PRO Act say that it strengthens the collective bargaining power of U.S. workers. Gig workers are not the only Americans potentially impacted by the proposed legislation, though, as critics including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce argue.
Some immigration reform advocates further denounce provisions they say are unjustly generous to laborers in the country illegally.
Even as President Donald Trump continues to assert that the Democratic Party is killing American jobs through its support of international trade deals like NAFTA and China’s inclusion in the World Trade Organization, Biden is certainly not convincing everyone that he would truly be the savior of those very same jobs.
Voters can only speculate about what Biden might do if elected, but his current stance and lengthy record in public office provide more than a glimpse into his priorities.