Trump and the politics of jobs
I will start by, again, pointing out that neither political party has publicly acknowledged the issue that technological advancements have reduced the economic need for human labor. No one is talking about how to handle the consequences of that. Both political parties are still firmly married to the idea that jobs are the necessary mechanism to allow people to earn the right to partake of the great abundance created by the modern technologically-advanced economy.
But neither party or major political philosophy has a rational means for creating jobs. Conservative Republicans believe that if only we lower taxes on the rich, the money will trickle down into jobs for everyone else. This denies the reality that when people in China make only a dollar an hour, and we now have the technological and legal means to replace jobs in the United States with jobs in China, to the extent that anything trickles down it will trickle down into the Chinese labor market instead of the U.S. labor market. (Although I’ve come to see the whole trickle-down theory as a mostly bogus way to justify policies that benefit super-rich Republican donors at the expense of everyone else.)
Liberal Democrats believe that if only everyone went to college and got a college degree, than all employment problems would be magically solved.
And then we have Trump, talking common sense. Change the legal landscape so that jobs can’t be as readily exported to China (such as with tariffs on Chinese goods and other policies that he has proposed), and reduce the number of immigrant non-citizens in the United States who are increasing the labor supply and thereby lowering salaries and demand for American citizens (very basic supply-and-demand Economics-101 stuff).
In the absence of creating a new economic system that provides meaning to people’s lives as well as money without the need to find a job in a laissez-faire economy, I agree with the Trump philosophy, it’s the only sensible way to create more, better, and higher-paying jobs for American citizens.