It was fitting that Donald Trump’s gave his most recent economic speech in Detroit, a city that embodies the failed leadership of Democrats at every level.
It wasn’t all that long ago that Detroit was the shining star of American manufacturing, a place where entrepreneurs experimented and technology flourished to create a blue collar paradise. In the 1950s it great to become America’s fifth largest city with nearly two million citizens. By 1960 it had the highest per capita income of any city in the country.
But decades of Democrat leadership left the city socially and fiscally bankrupt. The collapse of the municipal government at the hands of radical trade unionists led to a violent city with a hollowed out middle class. The scope of the destruction is immense: Detroit tops the list of the most dangerous cities in terms of violent crime, the city’s per-capita income is just $14,861 (half the nation’s average), the poverty rate is 39 percent (the highest among large cities), and the population has fallen by a third.
“In short, the city of Detroit is the living, breathing example of my opponent’s failed economic agenda,” Trump told a crowd. “Every policy that has failed this city and so many others is a policy supported by Hillary Clinton. She supports the high taxes and radical regulation that forced jobs out of your community, and the crime policies that made you far, far less safe.”
Sadly, it’s not only Detroit that is suffering from a stagnant economy, it’s the entire nation. A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that nearly three-quarters of voters believe the nation has gone off on the wrong track, the highest level in three years. A mere 18 percent say the nation is headed in the right direction. That’s not much improved from the 11 percent who said the nation was on the right track during the depths of the 2008 financial crisis.
There is not any single reason for Americans’ growing pessimism. It’s a general feeling that the economy isn’t growing like it should be, that there aren’t as many good jobs with good wages as their used to be, that we’re less safe than we’ve ever been, and worst of all, that our leaders don’t have any great ideas on how to resolve any of those issues.
Why then are Democrats offering up a candidate who typifies the establishment’s failure of imagination?
“The other party has reached backwards into the past to choose a nominee from yesterday – who offers only the rhetoric of yesterday and the policies of yesterday,” Trump said. “There will be no change under Hillary Clinton – only four more years of Obama.”
And although the “four more years of Obama” applause line works like a charm for a nation that believes we’re fundamentally headed in the wrong direction, four more years of Clinton isn’t exactly a great thing either. Here’s the Washington Post’s Jerry Markon on Clinton’s poor record of job creation as a New York Senator.
Her argument that she would put more Americans to work has focused on her time in the Senate, when she took on the mission of creating jobs in chronically depressed Upstate New York. As her husband, former president Bill Clinton, put it recently, she became the region’s “de facto economic development officer.”
But nearly eight years after Clinton’s Senate exit, there is little evidence that her economic development programs had a substantial impact on upstate employment. Despite Clinton’s efforts, upstate job growth stagnated overall during her tenure, with manufacturing jobs plunging nearly 25 percent, according to jobs data. …
Clinton’s self-styled role as economic promoter also showcases an operating style that has come to define the political and money-making machine known to some critics of the former first couple as Clinton Inc. Some of her pet economic projects involved loyal campaign contributors, who also supported the Clinton Foundation, The Post review shows.
Democrats failed Detroit and Hillary Clinton failed New York. Is that really a record worth building on?
“We can’t solve our problems by relying on the politicians who created them. Only by changing to new leadership, and new solutions, will we get new results,” Trump told the Detroit crowd. “We need to stop believing in politicians and start believing in America.”