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down more than predicted, dropping to 3 .9%. we've got a great team of experts lined up to try and make a little more sense of the data. any second now president biden expected to talk about those numbers. there's a live look there at the presidential podium in the white house. as soon as the president starts, we will take you there. meanwhile, we're also keeping a close eye on this georgia courtroom. that is where the three men convicted of killing ahmaud arbery are set to learn their sentence today. all three face mandatory life sentences, but the judge still has some say in the matter. we're going to get into that in a few minutes. right now president biden's federal vaccine or testing mandate facing its most critical test yet. at the supreme court. as we speak. the justices are hearing oral arguments over whether some private businesses have to require employees to get the shot or be tested. we're going to have the very
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latest from the high court in a few minutes. let's start with the new jobs numbers. nbc's josh letterman standing by at the white house. stephanie ruhle is with me as well. josh, i'll start with you. it's another day where the president is going to have to explain why this month's jobs report is a bit lower than what economists had predicted. what are you hearing from the white house about what we can expect to hear from the president? >> well, i think you're going to hear president biden put a focus on how even if the last couple months have fallen short of what economists hoped for. that the basic direction of the economy is going in the way that they want it. that the signs are moving in the right direction. so you'll likely hear an emphasis from president biden about how if you zoom out to the last calendar year, they've been able to create 6.4 million jobs that unemployment rate dropping to 3.9%. approaching what economists would describe as full
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unemployment. and other signs, of progress in the economy, slight increases in wages as well as consistent participation in the labor force. i think you also may hear president biden try to temper some of the disappointment by talking about how the last several months they've been revising the numbers up because the omicron and covid issues have made it harder to get real-time data about the state of the economy. what i'm really interested to hear from president biden is whether he uses his remarks today about the jobs report as an opportunity to try to refocus attention back on his build back better agenda. obviously the major unfinished business from the end of 2021. we haven't heard a lot from the white house about that since the start of the new year. partially because there's not a lot to say at this point. there's no signs of serious negotiations taking place with senator joe manchin at the moment. and democrats have largely shifted their focus to voting
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rights. we'll have to see whether president biden will use this as an opportunity to say he's not done be build back better. a piece of legislation he's consistently argued would help the economy continue to bring costs down. whether or not the white house is ready to renew their push on that today. >> stephanie, you had marty walsh on your show. he called the report, quote, a solid number. but he also said this. >> clearly we know we have more work to do. we saw good gains this month in manufacturing and other areas, and we saw some adjustments in the months of november and october that rose the numbers. we need to continue to move forward here. >> steph, what do you make of the administration's response so far? and what do you read from today's numbers? >> it's tricky and frustrating for them. while the jobs number is low, it was amiss, and it was a miss the month before. you've got to look at the unemployment number. 3 .9%. we're at full employment
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basically in this country, and we know from that jolt report that quit report earlier this week you've got millions of people quitting their jobs because the labor market is so good. because there are higher wages, more perks, better benefits out there. so the economic data is good. the problem, the problem for this administration is that the american people don't necessarily feel it. because inflation is running so hot and everything costs more. so this administration is in a tough spot. think about it. trump was great at selling something that might not be true. biden has a good economy, but people don't believe it. >> steph, i want to put up a tweet that the white house chief of staff shared this morning from john cooper, former national finance chair. he said, quote, under president biden the united states enjoyed the strongest first 11 months of job growth of any president in history. can you fact check that for us? is that true? >> okay.
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ish. you have to remember we're coming from covid. so yes, if you took it out of context, you could say oh, my gosh, the greatest job growth ever, but it's because we were coming from when we barely had the vaccine. the country was shut down. when you go from having an economy that's shut to open, sure, things are booming. so yes, factually, the number is right. but you have to put it in broader context. you can't compare it to any year when we weren't living in a pandemic. >> federal reserve has forecast a three quarter point rate hike this year. any idea what today's numbers could mean for that? >> we will most likely still get that. we're in an economic recovery. the one thing we have to think about is the number we got today has not accounted for the omicron impact. and it's not the people quitting or don't feel comfortable going out because of omicron. it's pushed things back. think about the holiday parties, the travel that was cancelled. and right now this week and next week, so many big businesses across the country planned to
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bring their workers back and reopen now because of the variant, that's been pushed back. that impacts the cafeteria in your office, the gym in your office and the answerlation businesses around that. that is going to put a slight drag on this economic recovery. but to say things are turning around and the fed is going to do something different and people need more support, we're not seeing that yet. >> josh, while i have you, i want to ask you about the rest of president biden's day today. he and the first lady expected to leave the white house later this hour to head to colorado. what more can you tell us about that trip? >> yeah. that's right. president biden going to pay his respects to those who have lost so much in that fire just a few days ago. he was going to be touring a neighborhood where this fire destroyed hundreds and hundreds of homes. that's about -- it's between denver and boulder, colorado. he'll also be meeting with family members there. and then after that, we'll see president biden expected to head to nevada where he is expected
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to attend the funeral over the weekend for the late senate majority leader harry reid. >> josh, stephanie on this friday morning. a big thank you to both of you. we're going to continue to keep an eye on the white house and we'll jump into president biden's speech just as soon as it starts. it was initially slated to start about 25 minutes ago. as you have probably come to realize, this is a white house that frequently runs behind schedule. when the speech starts, we'll take you there. still ahead this hour, shutting down the virus, or will we just have to live with it? it's the new debate among former biden advisers over the white house's covid strategy. what the cdc director is saying about that this morning. also raising the stakes even more. a supreme court showdown right now over the biden administration's vaccine mandates impacting about 100 million people. what it could mean for our fight against the pandemic.
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first, justice for the family of ahmaud arbery. the three men convicted of killing him are being sentenced as we speak. his family will have a chance to talk directly to them in court. we'll go live to georgia next.
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activating "piggy power." it's sentencing day for the three men convicted of killing ahmaud arbery in georgia. a live look at the courtroom in brunswick. travis mcmichael, gregory mcmichael, william bryan. katie beck is outside the courthouse in brunswick. also with us on this friday, charles coleman, a civil rights attorney, former brooklyn, new
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york prosecutor. he's an nbc news legal analyst. katie, who are we hearing from this court today and when can we expect the sentences to be handed down? >> reporter: well, as you said, this is a mandatory life sentence. the judge is determining whether any of the three defendants should have given the possibility of parole after serving 30 years. he will make that decision after hearing several testimonies from the stand. we know that arbery's mother and father will make brief statements. we don't know if anyone will call -- we know the defendants themselves will be given an opportunity to speak to the judge directly before they are sentenced. now, outside the courtroom, we're seeing a lot of the same familiar faces we've been seeing throughout the trial. a lot of advocates for racial justice supporting the arbery family. this morning in the way into the courtroom, his mother talked and spoke to the media saying she will be seeking the harshest
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penalty for the men now convicted of murdering her son. >> i really don't want to hear anything from travis. i really don't want to hear anything from either defendants. it's nothing they can tell me today that would make me feel better. i miss ahmaud more and more each day. >> reporter: now, this isn't the end of the story for these three defendants. they're facing another federal hate crime that's set to start in about a month from now. we were told that the mother of arbery was offered a plea deal by the justice defendant that would give 30 years to the mcmichaels behind wars as long as they admitted it was spurred by hate. the mother denied that -- >> all right. katie beck outside the courthouse there in brunswick, georgia as we -- you know what? let's listen in right now.
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ahmaud arbery's father is speaking. let's listen. >> that's when he felt most alive. most free. and they took all of that from him. when i close my eyes, i see his execution in my mind over and over. i see that for the rest of my life. when i became a father, my life became bigger than me. it became about my family. about protecting him, protecting my boy. i know in my head that it's not
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clear done that day. to have sayed my son, to protected him from that evil and hate. my heart is broken and always will be broken because on my worst day of our lives i wasn't there. if i could have, i would have traded places with ahmaud in a heart beat. but i can't. so i'm standing here today to do what he can't. and that's the fight for him. fight for his memories, his legacy, and to tell you who he was, because that's the one
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thing you didn't hear in this courtroom, and more than anything else, you should know who my boy was. we love our son, and we will never have him with us to celebrate anything, thanksgiving, christmas, his birthday. we'll spend the rest of our lives thinking about what you took from us. they should do it from behind bars. me and my family, we have to deal with it the rest of our lives. we'll never see ahmaud again, so i feel they should stay behind them bars for the rest of their lives, because they didn't give him a chance. i thank the court.
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thank you jurors. i give all glory to god. thank you, y'all. >> and there you have ahmaud arbery's father there in court. charles, let's go back to what we're likely to get from the judge here. >> yes. >> and how likely is this judge to grant parole, considering their ages, you know, not to predict too much here, but it would seem as if that would be an exercise in futility, perhaps. >> well, i'm inclined to agree with you on the last point. all three of the defendants are relatively up there in age, and so when you talk about no parole, they have a minimum of 30 years they have to serve in prison. so we know that they will be behind bars for a considerable amount of time whether the judge decides to grant parole or not. i do expect in this case the judge will not grant parole at least for mcmichael as he was
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the trigger man in the incident. as it relates to the other mcmichael, his father, it remains to be seen whether the judge will decide to -- i do anticipate that for travis mcmichael, parole will likely be off the table. >> we're going to take a quick break. there's a bit of an audio issue. we're going to try to fix it and we'll be right back. this is msnbc. ♪ got my ears ♪ ♪ got my heart ♪ ♪ got my soul ♪ ♪ got my mouth ♪ ♪ i got life ♪
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inner voice (kombucha brewer): i'm dramatically holding this bottle, so the light hits it just right, and people think... wow... ...he knows what he's doing... ...when i'm actually pretty lost with my payroll taxes. >> travis mcmichael went home, got his father. they both got their guns and then they went back down to that construction site. we know that because we heard the 9-1-1 call, and he says i'm sitting outside the construction site. he talks about seeing somebody inside with a flashlight. the horrible part is we know from brooke perez who testified for the defendants that her husband had gotten a call from larry english and he'd gone over there with his handgun. we also know the two men went inside with their handguns. it's a miracle they didn't shoot
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each other. and no one had called the police. travis is outside in the pickup truck, finally calling the police. he stays on for about four minutes and then officer ash appears. that didn't teach anybody here a lesson at all. brooke perez was trying to tell them, no, my husband is over there with a gun. be careful. but greg mcmichael took off according to travis's statement, went down the street and down to that house. so we've got july 2019, february 11th, 2020. not calling 9-1-1 first. not staying home, but wanting to seek out in a vigilante manner a confrontation with people that they suspect might be doing something that they, themselves,
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up until january 1st of 2020 had not been the victim of. in all cases they took firearms with them, did not stay home, did not allow the police to do their job, but instead, as on february 11th, went in and started searching the house himself. we all know how that could have turned out terribly for him, for anyone in there, and for diego perez. all the decisions they made that led up to the death of ahmaud arbery. there were so many opportunities to stop, to think. and here's the real problem. greg mcmichael was former law enforcement as they pointed out repeatedly, and travis mcmichael had served in the coast guard, as they pointed out repeatedly. so here we have some men who should have known better.
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should have known better. vigilanteism always goes wrong. you wait for the professionals to show up. the professionals who are in marked cars. the professionals who are in uniforms. the professionals who are going to do it right because they have something to lose. the professionals with body cams. >> we have been watching and listening to the prosecutor that was brought in from the atlanta area to try the three men who have been convicted of killing ahmaud arbery. this is the sentencing, and this hearing will continue back with me charles coleman, civil rights attorney, former brooklyn, new york prosecutor. also an nbc legal analyst. and again, apologies to viewers and listeners on radio for the technical issues, but we are back in business now. so charles, travis mcmichael, he fired the shot that kills
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arbery. he was convicted of the top charge of malice murder. could he receive a harsher sentence than the other two defendants? >> yes, craig, absolutely. and that's what i'm expecting to see at the end of the day. in terms of the three defendants and what we will likely hear from the judge, travis mcmichael has the greatest exposure, and so i expect he ultimately will be the one who has the harshest sentence. it may not be that all three end up getting probation, but i would believe that of all three of them, travis mcmichael seems to be the least likely to walk away from this, to ever see the light of day as a free man ever again. >> charles, one of the things that hasn't been lost on me since all of this started, i mean, here's a trial that if it were left to a local prosecutors initially, this is a trial that never would have happened. these are sentences that never would have been handed down. what -- what's your take away
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from the trial and the sentencing? >> well, i think that's a really important point, and i think we need to understand that the case of ahmaud arbery is not necessarily unique in that regard. there are so many different instances that we've seen and covered, that we've talked about where prosecutors have declined to even prosecute in the space of evidence that suggests that they should. prosecutors have declined to predict to the grand jury in cases where perhaps they should have. in that way ahmaud arbery's case needs to be a landmark in terms of changing the tide. viewers need to understand it is a number of different things that are going on in this case that involve future legal entanglements. we talked about those before the break. there is the hate crimes charge and trial that will take place on the federal level, of course. but there's also -- and the defense attorneys have said they are likely to appeal the convictions here. but most importantly, we also
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have the prosecution of the former da of brunswick, georgia. that is so significant, craig. and i think viewers need to understand how important it is to take that step and say basically you tried to cover this up. you tried to avoid the prosecution of three now convicted murders in the case of an innocent man who was killed, and that needs to send a message to the prosecutors and law enforcement throughout the country. >> charles coleman, charles, thank you. thanks as always for your insight and analysis. try and enjoy your weekend, sir. this morning ethan crumbley, the 15-year-old accused of opening fire at oxford high school in michigan was just back in a courtroom. that shooting left four people dead and seven hurt in november. he waived the right to a preliminary exam moving the case closer to trial. meanwhile his parents, james and jennifer crumbley also expected in court today to request a
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lower bail. the crumbley's bond currently set at $500,000. the pair are each facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter. prosecutors argue if the judge lowers the bail, the crumbleys could flee. all three members of that family have pled not guilty. meanwhile this morning nbc news has confirmed actor sydney poitier has died. a trail blazing actor and director. he was the first black man to win an academy award for best actor back in 1964 for "lilies of the field". he was also quite a force in the civil rights movement. nbc's joe fryer looks back at his life, legacy and groundbreaking career that spanned decades. >> they call me mr. tibbs. >> sydney poitier played kashlgts who jumped off the
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screen. in account the heat of the night". >> where did you earn it? >> i'm a police officer. >> and in "the lilies of the field". >> i ain't building no shackle. >> yeah, you. >> the one that led him the first ever oscar for an african american. >> it is a long journey to this moment. >> raised in the bahamas, he endured the hard scrabble climb to an actor's life. then in a film about race inch. >> you watch yourself, black boy. watch how you talk to me. >> just shut up. >> poitier played a doctor. the film was credited with ending -- hollywood had its first african american screen star. >> go ahead and say it. >> a first he later points out
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that was too long and coming. >> if we are 40 million americans, we certainly ought to have more than one movie star. >> maybe i'll get one on my black knees. >> but he wasn't just a movie star. he was a black point of view that accelerated with the self-rights movement. he was a top leading earning man as mr. tibbs. righteous enough to slap the right politician that slapped him. >> there was a time when i could have had you shot. >> and in "guess who's coming to dinner". as half of an interracial couple telling his disapproving father times have changed. >> i miss you. i love you, but you think of yourself as a colored man. i think of myself as a man. >> in the 70s he moved from
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acting to directing. some critics said he played the same role too many times. as a director, he was a money maker with hits like "stir crazy" in movies with bill cosby. >> our nation taught us on the brink of disaster. >> his enduring images of a man and actor of principal, no surprise he would play mandela. a man whose existence among us made racism less palatable as he noted after receiving a lifetime achievement oscar. >> not because i brought so much, but because the time was right, circumstances were right. >> sydney poitier, the right man for his time. joe fryer, nbc news. >> sidneyspos poitier was 94 years old.
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record unemployment declines. record increases in the people in the labor force. i would argue the biden economic plan is working. and is getting america back to work, back on its feet. but the record doesn't stop there. today's report also tells us that record wage gauge, especially for workers in some of america's toughest jobs, women and men who work on the frontline jobs in restaurants, hotels, travel, tourism, desk clerks, line cooks, wait staff, bellmen, they all saw their wages at a historic high. the highest in history. their way went up almost 16% this year, far ahead of inflation, which is still a concern. overall, wage gains for all workers who were not super visors went up more in 2021 than any year in four decades. there's been a lot of press
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coverage about people quitting their jobs. well, today's report tells you why. americans are moving up to better jobs. with better pay. with better benefits. that's why they're quitting their jobs. this isn't about workers walking away and refusing to work. it's about workers able to take a step up to provide for themselves and their families. this is the economy i promised and hoped for for the american people. where the biggest benefits go to the people who work the hardest and are more often left behind. the people who have been ignored before. the people who just want a decent chance to build a decent life for their families. just given a clear shot. for them, wages are up. job opportunities are up. layoffs are down to the lowest levels in decades, and there are more chances than ever to get ahead. no wonder one leading economic
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analyst described what we've accomplished in 2021 as the strongest first-year economic track record of any president in the last 50 years. today america is the only leading economy in the world where the economy as a whole is stronger than before the pandemic. now i hear republicans say today that mike talking about the strong record shows i don't understand. i don't understand a lot of people are still suffering, they say. well, they are. or that i'm not focussed on inflation. malarkey. they want to talk down the recovery because they voted against the legislation that made it happen. they voted against the tax cuts for middle class families. against the funds we needed to reopen our schools. to keep police officers and firefighters on the job. to lower health care premiums. they voted against the funds
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we're now using to buy covid booster shots. and more anti-viral pills. i refuse to let them stand in the way of this recovery, and now my focus is on keeping this recovery strong and durable, notwithstanding republican obstructionism. i know even as jobs and family's incomes have recovered, families are still feeling the pinch of prices and costs. so we're taking that on as well. and that's -- and the way to do that is not to step back from the economic progress we've made, but to build on it. i've laid out a three-part plan to address costs families are facing. one, first part of that plan, fixing the supply chain. two, protecting consumers and promoting competition. three, lowering kitchen table costs including with my build back better act. first the supply chain.
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a couple months ago we heard a lot of dire warnings about supply chain problems leading to a crisis around the holidays. thanksgiving and christmas. we acted. we brought together business and labor to solve the problems. the much-predicted crisis didn't occur. the grinch did not steal christmas. nor any votes. look, the number of containers sitting on docks for more than eight days is now down by nearly 40%. the number of packages delivered on time was nearly 99%. workers stayed on the job. and did the job to bring goods to consumers. we're continuing to work to speed up every step of this process. the ports, trains, trucking. my bipartisan infrastructure plan included significant
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investments in each of these areas. i want to thank the 19 republicans in the senate with 13 of the house who stepped in to help pass it so we didn't have to face another filibuster and lose a very badly-needed plan. the second area protecting american consumers. the last few decades, in too many industries, a handful of giant companies dominate the market. in meat processing, railroads, shipping. too often they use their power to squeeze out smaller competitors, stifle new entrepreneurs and raise the prices, reducing options for consumers and exploiting workers to keep wages unfairly low. you see that in your own life. just look at your grocery bill and the cost of meat. it's not because the kalgt farmer is getting rich. as a matter of fact, it's the opposite. it's because fewer processors can charge grocery stores much
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more money for their ground beef, for example. you heard me say it before. capitalism without competition isn't capitalism. it's exploitation. i'm determined to end the exploitation. later this month i'll be meeting with my competition council which includes key economic leaders from across my administration to keep pushing for more broad action to increase competition across our economy, because healthy competition produces lower prices, higher wages and more dynamic and innovative economies. that makes everybody better off. third, i'm working to reduce the largest cost burden of household budgets. costs that don't need to be such a burden. and the biggest weapon is my build back better act. it reduces what families have to pay for basic necessities to live a life, raise a family from prescription drugs to health
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care to child care. and more help to families can cover the cost of raising their children and caring for their loved ones. their older loved ones. as we've seen over and over again throughout this pandemic, if people can't find affordable child care, they can't work. right now there are 2 million extremely qualified women who have not been able to return to work because they can't find or can't afford child care. or health care. we've made quality coverage through the aca more affordable than ever before with families saving an average of $2,400 in annual premiums in four out of five consumers finding quality coverage for under $10 a month. and the result when you reduce the cost of health care, more people can afford to get it. over 4 million people have gained coverage since i became
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president. you've heard me say it a million times. having health care is also about peace of mind. for example, we're going to make it so nobody will pay more than $35 a month for insulin. imagine you're a parent and with one of the 200,000 children with type one diabetes. insulin can cost on average, averaging $650 a month. but cannot cost as much as $1,000 a month. even though a vile of that insulin costs about $10 to manufacture. we can do all this. we do it without increasing inflation, without increasing the deficit. nobody making more than $400,000 a year -- less than $400,000 a year will pay a penny more in federal taxes. so we're going to keep working on these fronts. some of the components that are immediate like unsticking the supply chain.
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some will show their benefits over time like investments in infrastructure. but all will help america's families. it's urgent we get moving on all of it without delay, because at this moment as a country, we face an important choice. do we take the steps to create an economy with strong sustainable growth, higher wages and more opportunities for all americans, or do we settle for an economy that wasn't working for our middle class even before the pandemic began? an economy that delivered sluggish growth, stagnant wages, limited opportunities? i'm not an economist, but i've been doing this a long time. here's the way to look at it. if car prices are too high right now, there are two solutions. you can increase the supply of cars by making more of them, or you reduce demand for cars by making americans poorer. that's the choice.
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believe it or not, there's a lot of people in the second camp. you hear them complain that wages are rising too fast among the middle class and working class people. who have endured decades of a stalled income. their view of the economy says the only solution to our current future challenges is to make the working families that are the backbone in our country poorer or keep them in the state they're in. it's a pessimistic vision. i reject it. i reject the idea that we should somehow punish people because they finally have a little more breathing room. america doesn't need to settle for less. we need an economy that has the capacity to generate more growth, more jobs, and more opportunity for all americans. that's how we're going to keep doing everything we can to unstick the bottle necks that are keeping goods from getting to consumers. two, build better infrastructure
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so that we can get parts and goods to factory floors quicker and cheaper. three, bring more of that production back here to the united states. to make our supply chain more secure. let's make america. let's makelet's make what we sell in america made in america. and then in doing so get more americans working and jobs with rising wages. i want to be clear. i'm confident the federal reserve will act to achieve their dual goals of full employment and stable prices and make sure the price increases do not become entrenched with the independence that they need. but the best way that i as president and the congress can tackle high prices is by building a more productive economy with greater capacity to
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deliver for the american people. a growing economy where people have more opportunities, more small businesses opening, and i might add parenthetical there's 30% increase in application for new small businesses and goods get to market faster why the economy where we don't just grow the economic pie to make sure people that bake the pie get a fair slice of it, as well. for too long the public is in thrown around terms like pro growth and supply side economics. to drive an economic agenda that didn't deliver enough growth and supplied more wealth to those who were very well off. from day one my economic agenda is different. it is about taking a fundamentally new approach to our economy, one that sees the prosperity of working families as a solution, 23409 the
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problem. there's never been a time i can think of when the working class did well that the wealthy didn't do very well. by the way, a stock market, the last guy's measure of everything, is about 20% higher than it was when my predecessor was there. it's hit record after record after record on my watch while making things more equitable for working class people. made jobs. reduced unemployment. raised wages. when working people do well everybody benefits. i'm determined to grow the economy from the bottom up and the middle out because when we do we get more growth, higher wages, more jobs and over time lower prices but don't take my word for it. just look at the results.
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historical results. results for workinging americans. economists call this increased productive capacity of our economy. i call it building back better. that's what we're going to keep doing. we'll keep building. i thank you all very much. i've got a chance to that you can to all of you on tuesday when i am down in georgia talking about voting rights but thank you. [ inaudible ] >> mr. president? should americans prepare to live with covid forever? mr. president, should americans prepare to live with covid forever? mr. president? should americans prepare to -- >> covid is here to stay? >> no. i don't think covid is here to stay. having covid in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay but covid as we deal with it now is not here to stay. the new normal doesn't have to
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be. we have so many more tools to develop and continue to develop that will contain covid and other strains of covid so i don't believe this is -- that if we take a look, we have very different today than a year ago. even though we still have problems but the 90% of the schools are open now. because we pent the time and the money in the recovery act to provide for the ability for schools to remain open. what we are doing is talking about dealing with testing. you know, we have been doing now 300 million tests per month so far and that's 11 million tests a day. we are in the process of ordering 500,000 new tests. so we'll be able to control this. the new normal will be better. thank you. [ inaudible ]
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>> and there you have it. president biden addressing the december jobs report there. also, took sometime to take a bit of a victory lap on the supply chain fixes. we heard the president say that the grinch did not steal christmas. i believe i am out of time for this hour. oh, okay. i have josh letterman back with us from the white house. josh, president biden calling those accusations that he is not focused on inflation, he called it quote malarkey. mike memoli who keeps track of these, resident biden whisperer saying this is the second time the president used the word malarkey in formal rema,s but seemed to be defending the administration a fair amount
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there. >> reporter: he did. you called ate victory lap. i think that's the way to describe this. in stark contrast to the portrait republicans paint of this jobs report calling it the worst of biden's presidency but the president had political argument today to make, too, talking about how republicans in his view don't want to acknowledge the economic progress biden said the country is making because so many voted against the very pieces of legislation that the president said are responsible for the progress he says we're making so you see him sort of trying to reframe the debate. hifr lighting the efforts taken on supply chains, the shipping around the holidays. the president made a brief reference to the build back better agenda and didn't go into detail. >> interesting to hear the president say covid as we know now it now is not here to stay.
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