The theme of Tuesday at the Republican National Convention is “Make America Work Again.” To be clear, America has been working again. Under the Obama administration, the U.S. has had 75 straight month of consistent job growth. That’s precisely the reverse of what President Obama inherited, which was “The Great Recession.”
That was when the previous administration, for better or worse, had allowed the kinds of abuses that led the country – and frankly the world – to a place where the entire U.S. and world economy was on the brink of financial Armageddon.
The U.S. government had to take dire and unprecedented measures in order to save the U.S. economy, in the process creating debate over exactly how it was to be done.
Putting aside the false rhetoric about American losing jobs or needing to get to working again, what the Republican Party is referring to – what it is playing to – is blue collar workers in various manufacturing sectors which have contracted in recent decades.
Those contractions have been due to two major changes.
The first, which is what people seem to be uniquely focused on, is jobs being outsourced to other countries with cheaper labor. The second, and the more substantial by far, is jobs being lost to technology.
The GOP simply has no plan or workable policy that can address outsourcing. It never has. To address it the way that Trump is advocating would be to reverse decades of GOP policies – the very trade deals that Trump claims to want to reverse.
And even if Trump could reverse the trade deals, it would be disastrous – there are virtually no economists who say otherwise.
And the GOP has simply chosen to ignore – for the purpose of getting votes – the second and biggest problem. It has refused to acknowledge the effects of technology on blue collar jobs.
It is only fitting that a party who wants to “Make America Work Again” has on its highest stage two actors who have not worked in years – Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato, Jr. They are from a sector who has little issue with employment, and no connection to the blue collar workers across America who are suffering.
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