Speaking in Iowa, former Vice President Joe Biden was confronted by a reporter who wanted to know why Iowans, with their current low unemployment rate, should shift from voting strongly for President Trump in 2016 to voting for Biden in 2020. When she asked Biden to make his case for why he should be elected, he answered, “I’m not going to.”
The exchange went like this:
Reporter: Well, In Iowa, the unemployment rate is 2.5%; people say they are employed in Iowa and their small businesses are growing; Iowa picked Trump by —
Biden: They were employed before he got elected.
Reporter: The president won by 10 percentage points in Iowa.
Biden: I’m not suggesting that he didn’t win by 10 percentage points; what I’m suggesting is he’s not the reason for that employment rate being down.
Reporter: But why should people want to make a change, though?
Biden: Well, that’s up to them to decide.
Reporter: Why should they?
Biden: It’s for them to decide.
Reporter: Well, make your case.
Biden: I’m not going to.
It would definitely be difficult for Biden to make his case to Iowans; not only is the current unemployment rate in Iowa 2.5% as opposed to 3.9% across the nation, but there are other signs the economy of the state is flourishing. RadioIowa reported on Monday that the Iowa Economic Development Authority approved incentives for three businesses that have promised to create 150 new jobs. Cargill was awarded tax benefits for a $125 million expansion of its Eddyville plant and is expected to create 17 new jobs paying upward of $17 an hour; Hormel won tax benefits as it plans to move jobs from Nebraska to Dubuque, creating 58 new jobs paying over $23 an hour; Upper Iowa Beef won tax benefits allowing the company to create 75 additional jobs at roughly $22 an hour.
As caffeinatedthoughts.com pointed out last week, President Trump’s recent deal with Japan also helps Iowans:
The new bilateral trade deal with Japan will protect our farmers by giving them an alternative market for the agricultural exports that Beijing had previously promised to purchase … The impact of this trade deal on our economy can not be overstated — 85 percent of Iowa’s geography is currently used for farming. Iowa is the leading producer of both corn and eggs in the U.S., and Iowa farmers raise one-third of the nation’s hogs … All told, some 87,000 farms and 129,000 farm operators are based in the great state of Iowa, making agriculture the backbone of our state’s economy. The Iowa Farm Bureau further estimates that the industry pumps a whopping $112.2 billion a year into Iowa’s economy while supporting 1 out of every 5 jobs in the state.
Southeast AG Net quoted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stating of the deal with Japan:
Japan is a significant market for United States agriculture exports, making today a good day for American agriculture. By removing existing barriers for our products, we will be able to sell more to the Japanese markets. At the same time we will able to close gaps to better allow us to compete on a level playing field with our competitors.