President Biden appeared at a Pennsylvania event that was open to United Steelworkers of America Local Union members on Labor Day, when most Americans had the day off, but attendance wasn’t particularly high.
The gathering took place outside the West Mifflin Local Union 2227 United Steelworkers of America hall. Pennsylvania’s Scranton is where Biden was born.
The miniscule gathering might be characterized as being in the dozens and that some professional images from the event masked exactly how sparse the crowd was, while others exposed the pitiful number of individuals who came out to hear the president’s speech.
If union support in his home state declines, Biden may likely lose the state in 2024 if he runs again. In 2020, he won it by only 80,000 votes.
About 12% of Pennsylvania’s workforce were union members in 2020. United Steelworkers that year gave Biden their support. In 2019, when Biden first announced his candidacy for president, he said, “I’m a union guy, period.”
The Wall Street Journal reported in mid-October 2020 that since June, Mr. Biden had visited Pennsylvania 13 times, five of which had been to discuss union-related problems. With Facebook and YouTube advertisements highlighting Mr. Biden’s union support, the campaign is focusing on Pennsylvania cities with a high union population.
Asserting, “I want you to know I’m a union man who’s not anti-business,” Biden said that “unions are going to have enhanced influence” in his administration only days after he was elected in 2020.
Meanwhile, many ironworkers in south-central Pennsylvania came out against what they saw as the injustice of President Biden’s proposal to give away $500 billion in student loans.
Several employees at the Donsco, Inc. iron foundry complained to Fox News about Biden’s plan to forgive $10,000 of borrowers’ student debts if they earn less than $125,000 yearly while providing $20,000 in Pell Grants to the same group of people.
According to manager Jim Davis, “it won’t effect the folks who are here, the ones who are really out doing all the work.” He said that he would assist those living in larger cities since it is what he wants to do.
Francisco Hernández, a cancer survivor who claims he went back to work after retirement due to rising inflation under Biden, said, “A lot of those families are prosperous. They can afford to pay it off, so they can take a break and relax on their sofa while their children are stuck with a degree they can’t even use.”
The terrible consequence of this is that we will be responsible for paying for this, not the wealthy, he said. Everything is a gift, but that is paid for by our debt, which must be paid by the taxpayers.
Tony Bell, an ironworker, said, “I believe it’s a poor idea. Donsco is continuously hiring, so college students can always come here to work during their free time and pay off their debt.”