Not so long ago Washington all but gave up on our country’s blue-collar workers. They washed their hands of those in the supposedly outdated manufacturing and energy sectors. The message the perpetually re-elected and their bureaucratic “experts” tried to sell us through their media megaphone was that with the rise of globalization these industries were hopelessly in decline. According to them, for the vast portions of the country they contemptuously call the “Rust Belt,” there was nothing anyone could ever do to change that.
Mocking then-candidate Donald Trump’s pledge to bring these jobs back President Obama asked, “What magic wand do you have?” It turns out no magic wand was necessary. All we needed is a President willing to fight for the forgotten workers across America with policies that put U.S. industry first instead of ones that sold us out to the globalists.
Beginning as soon as he entered the Oval Office President Trump turned the accepted wisdom of the inside-the-Beltway Deep State on its head. Instead of going along to get along the populist president repudiated the globalist agenda of the Bush-Clinton-Obama triumvirate.
He cast aside the downward trajectory of managed decline and adopted a policy agenda that’s made life easier for America’s working people and the small businesses that employ the majority of them. He passed the biggest employer and worker tax cuts in a generation. He mandated deregulation across the board. And defying the naysayers he’s negotiated new trade deals that have one goal in mind; make America great again by putting the interests of America first.
These bold moves have helped drive the unemployment rate to a 50-year low. And according to Investor’s Business Daily, the Trump economy is creating factory jobs ten times faster than under the Obama administration. Blue-collar jobs are surging for the first time in decades. Since President Trump’s inauguration, 523,000 manufacturing jobs have been added. Compare that with the 287,000 created during President Obama’s final three years in office.
In August 2019 while touring Shell’s new Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex President Trump sought to explain that it’s a new dawn for American energy and manufacturing. In his remarks, he said, “With your help, we’re not only unleashing American energy we’re restoring the glory of American manufacturing, and we are reclaiming our noble heritage as a nation of builders again. The critics expected you to stay on the sidelines, silence your voices, and surrender the future of our nation.”
In December of 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported, “The U.S. became a net exporter of oil and refined fuels last week for the first time in decades, a symbolic milestone that would have seemed unthinkable just 10 years ago.” Today America is the largest crude oil producer in the world. Until the Trump Bump, none of this was considered possible. Now the world is filled with possibilities.
On August 19, 2019, while speaking at the Detroit Economic Club Vice President Mike Pence said “Wages are rising at the fastest pace in more than a decade. And maybe most important of all to the President and me: that wages are rising fastest for blue-collar working Americans. The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more.”