There is an old saying that goes, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” GOP presidential nominee his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, would rather do.
In a speech at The Economic Club in his home city of New York on Thursday, Trump laid bare Clinton’s preference for creating an entire class of Americans totally dependent on government (and the remaining taxpayers in the workforce) for their daily subsistence. Since she is bereft of any new ideas and has a healthy disdain for tens of millions of Americans, the only way she can hope to win and keep the Democratic Party relevant is by addicting current and future generations on government largess.
Trump, for his part, wants to provide more Americans with economic freedom through gainful employment.
“Not one single idea she’s got will create one net American job or create one new dollar of American wealth for our workers,” Trump said of Clinton. “The only thing she can offer is a welfare check. That’s about it. Our plan will produce paychecks and they’re going to be great paychecks for millions of people now unemployed or underemployed.”
Trump, who has heavily criticized Ford’s decision to move all of its small car-making operations to Mexico and invest $1.6 billion in that country instead, went on to say that rather than drive wealth and jobs away, “America will become the world’s great magnet for innovation and job creation.”
It’s been a common theme of his since he began his campaign last year: America first, keep jobs here, and renegotiate “bad” trade deals like NAFTA, enacted during Bill Clinton’s first term and which make it easier for Ford and other U.S. companies to relocate to Mexico.
He said that Hillary Clinton’s economic plans reject his “optimism,” and offers only more of the same tax increases similar to those enacted under Obama – increases he called “unbelievable.” In fact, Clinton has been very clear she plans dramatic tax increases on the American people if she is elected and can get them through Congress.
“More regulating, more spending, and more wealth redistribution. A future of slow growth, declining incomes and dwindling prosperity,” Trump, in his speech, added.
He said there will be added prosperity for some under a Clinton presidency – “donors and special interests” will become richer, which is good for them but “bad for our country.” In Hillary’s America, Trump says we will have given up our status as the world’s largest economy while surrendering our middle class “to the whims of foreign countries” that we currently take better care of than our own people.
In a Trump administration, the candidate said, every policy decision must result in the creation of new American jobs – much like the proverbial teaching of a person to fish so they can feed themselves every day.