The economy needs a jump start.
That begins with putting more money in people’s pockets. And with extra cash, comes more spending, and before you know it, the economy is up and running again. A strong middle class means a thriving economy and we must start there.
Tariffs as a strategy to get the economy going will do just the opposite. Tariffs make goods more expensive to the end user, thus taking money out of the pocket of Americans. Jobs don’t come back unless we make it cheaper for goods to be made here, and we can’t afford to pay our workforce so little. Deregulation boosts the economy over time, but with an impact sometimes delayed for years. Tax cuts work for taxpayers, but the American public does not want a bigger deficit. Putting people to work triggers a return to a robust economy.
The answer to getting our economy restarted is jobs, jobs, and more jobs…and a tax break for the poor and middle classes.
Our country’s infrastructure is falling apart! Take a look at the local highways, roads, tunnels, water supply, structures, sewers, electrical grids, and bridges. Or you could review this report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
It’s horrible —D+. We are the wealthiest country in the world, but we’ve put zero dollars into our crumbling bridges, highways, dams, and causeways, and people are getting hurt. According to ASCE and the US Department of Transportation, four in ten bridges are over 50 years old. In 2016, 56,000 declared structurally deficient.
Not only are our structures crumbling, but the security of the U.S. electrical grids is at risk, along with our national security. To prevent breaches like the one at Burlington, facilities must be upgraded with cyber security being a top priority. Our national security demands it. With the increase in hacking, our outdated electrical grids must be a top priority.
And America needs the jobs.