Even after receiving Government Stimulus during Covid most Americans are still living paycheck to paycheck

Sorkin-and-Dimon Andrew Ross Sorkin, left, and Jamie Dimon speak during the New York Times Dealbook Summit 2023 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The New York Times)

Revelation 13:16-18 “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Asked by Andrew Ross Sorkin at the New York Times DealBook Summit why perceptions of the economy are poor in recent polling, despite some positive indicators, Dimon said inflation and other issues are holding it back, and again at the expense of lower earners.
  • “If you look at the U.S., yes, you know, almost all-time low unemployment, but inflation is hurting people,” he said. “The bottom third, I kind of think they have a right to be p—ed off. I would probably be a little p—ed off if I were them.”
  • “You’re all wealthy and have money and stuff like that, but their average wages are $15 to $20 [an hour]. They’re the ones who lost their jobs in COVID,” he said. “They’re dying five or six years younger than the rest of us. They’re the ones who don’t have medical insurance. They’re the ones where their schools don’t work. They’re the ones dealing with crime. What the hell have we done as a nation?”
  • “Yeah, corporate profits are up because people are spending a lot of money. Where do they get the money? The government gave it to them. Well, of course, profits are up,” he added. “So, I’m quite cautious about the economy… I would just be a little careful about that just because it feels pretty good today.”
  • The Biden administration has repeatedly touted low unemployment and declining rates of inflation, but a majority of Americans say they’re living paycheck to paycheck, and the economy is viewed as a place of vulnerability for the White House going into 2024.

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