Deputy President William Ruto and close allies have expressed excitement over US president Joe Biden’s option to turn to lowest-paid American workers as well as the unemployed to jumpstart the economy.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his nominated counterpart Millicent Omanga said Biden’s approach underpins the objective of the ‘hustler nation’ advanced by William Ruto.
“Even the developed is thinking about a bottom-up approach to grow the economy. This is, in simplest terms, a pro-hustler approach to economic growth. Way to go,” said Millicent Omanga in a social media post seen by Kivumbi.co.ke.
Biden’s economic relief package, pending presidential assent, would overwhelmingly help the middle class and low-income earners who are believed to have been worst hit by COVID-19.
This is also the narrative pushed forward by democrats and liberal economics who believe the best way to foster economic growth is from the bottom up.
William Ruto on the other hand simply tweeted “Bottom-up approach” with Joe Bidens’press conference video on the same.
Ruto’s hustler narrative, which has been heavily criticized by his political opponents, proposes a bottom-up economic model that is heavily focused on empowering the jobless and low earners.
“Some foolish people are telling us hustlernomics is a threat to national unity. Thank you Joe Biden for showing the way. We are encouraged by global partners like you. To Juice the economy, Biden bets on the poor,” tweeted Kipchumba Murkomen.
Ruto’s hustler narrative has however been heavily criticized locally for attempting to set-up the poor against the rich in Kenya.
The former Eldoret North MP has already declared his interest in the presidency in the 2022 General Election while heavily banking on the support of the poor and unemployed Kenyans.