MADE IN AMERICA
This week, the entire speech is about having pride in products, buying products, that are made in America. He boasts the quotes of many from the past who had touted the importance of having products made in America:
George Washington encouraged Americans to produce their own goods so that our young nation could become truly independent.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that Americans should choose products made in America whenever possible – and by the way, I’m asking you to do that.
Abraham Lincoln warned that abandoning the policies that protect American industry would “produce want and ruin among our people.”
Theodore Roosevelt stated in his First message to Congress that “Reciprocity must be treated as the handmaiden of protection.”
James Monroe called on our nation to “cherish and sustain our manufacturers.”
James Garfield said of our nation’s manufacturers: “To them the country owes the splendor of the position it holds before the world.”
William McKinley believed that when America protects our workers and industries, we “open up a higher and better destiny for our people.”
And Calvin Coolidge stated that protecting American industry “enables our people to live according to a better standard… and receive a better rate of compensation than any people, anytime, anywhere on earth, ever enjoyed.”
8 quotes! Has Donald ever brought this much source info to a conversation before? Trump then goes on to speak of how under his administration, we are “reclaiming our heritage as a manufacturing nation.” He talks about building with American iron, aluminum, and steel, and then he goes on to say:
“No longer will we allow other countries to break the rules, steal our jobs, and drain our wealth. Instead, we will follow two simple but very crucial rules: We will buy American and we will hire American.”
I suppose this is all well and good if he wasn’t totally full of shit.
What Trump has said, let’s just take 4 examples (There are more, but we don’t have all day):
- “We picked up 45,000 mining jobs”
What really happened: There have been 800 coal mining jobs added since January, the industry currently has 50,800 positions in the United States. The mining and logging sector (715,000 jobs) had an increase of 42,000 jobs. The mining and logging sector job addition is much closer to Trumps claim, but it’s also speaking for a sector that includes more than just mining jobs.
- “Just arrived in Italy for the G7. Trip has been very successful. We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs.”
What really happened: The Saudi arms deal ($110 billion) will indeed create jobs, but let’s look at exactly how many, as according to Lockheed Martin. “Once fully realized the programs in this announcement will support more than 18,000 highly skilled jobs in the U.S. and thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia as part of maintaining and modernizing these platforms over the next 30 years.” 18,000 new jobs over 30 years isn’t the worst. It’s not millions, though.
- “We’ve created over 600,000 jobs already in a very short period of time.”
What really happened: There have been 533,000 jobs added to the United States economy between January to March 2017. Trump didn’t take office until January 20th. In January, there were 216,000 jobs created. The number in Trump’s quote should be 317,000, not 600,000.
- “Walmart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives.”
What really happened: These plans were announced well before Trump came along, and have nothing to do with the Trump administrations plans and initiatives.
Being a politician is all about accumulating public support, and Trump is going about drumming that up for himself in a very disingenuous way. On a large majority of his claims for the creation of jobs, he is misleading or flat out false. He’s taken credit for initiatives that were already put in place long before he came around, and the majority of who he’s speaking to is too lazy to do any sort of fact-checking.
So, the picture of his clothes, the quotes from historical figures, the misleading information about job creation, what am I trying to get at? I wasn’t aware that making America great entailed being a fucking liar. The worst part is it’s not even hard to spot, yet no one seems to want to come to terms with it. You’ve got the POTUS standing on top of his soap-box talking about buying American made, and there are clothes being sold today by his brand that were made in China. His daughters shoes have the same clearly printed upon them as well.
Throwing together some quotes made by individuals that citizens respect, doesn’t turn you into a respectable person. It also doesn’t change the fact that while Donald Trump postulates about the work he’s doing for job creation in the American economy, he’s done far more than a large majority of his entire audience to give work from American companies to international markets.
And the cherry on top of all of it as he goes on to inflate the numbers every time they come out of his mouth. In April it was boasting the 600,000 jobs (300k+ of which had happened since he’d been in office.) Now it’s a million, and i’m sure that number is just as bullet-proof as the number mentioned in April.
The president can quote the leaders of the past until he’s blue in the face, data doesn’t lie, and the world is listening. I’m not anticipating or expecting the POTUS to be perfect, but at this point avoiding making false claims about information that is readily available to the public at-large (and quickly disproven) should at least be table-stakes for taking residence in the White House.