President Biden was elected to fix the economy and is succeeding: More jobs have been created in the last 10 months than during the entire administration of his predecessor. Workers have had more leverage than at any time in the last 40 years. Child poverty has been halved under Biden’s watch. The Dow hit 36,000 last week.

And the good economic news will continue once the President signs the Build Back Better act (which was passed today in the House and now goes to the Senate).

So why is everyone so down?

The media has been focused on rising gas prices as part of an overall trend of inflation – but economists point out that this is a global phenomenon that resulted from the pandemic (which is still raging on around the world). Some of the same people who complain about the pandemic in the US are the same ones who are prolonging it by refusing to wear masks or get vaccinated. And there are still dangers ahead for voting rights as the GOP passes laws and new maps that could keep minority rule for the next decade or longer.

MOMocrats Karoli, Aliza Worthington, and Donna Schwartz Mills discuss the political mood, as well as the disappointing (but not surprising) verdict in the Rittenhouse trial – and the contrast with the court proceedings against the killers of Ahmaud Arbery.

MOMocrats MOMochar is part of the DemCast family of podcasts.