I want to spotlight one particular thing that Omarosa Manigault says in this interview on NPR Sunday morning, July 31, about being the leader of Trump’s campaign efforts with African-Americans: she says that job creation is important, and that an increase in available jobs across the board will help alleviate racial as well as economic inequality. Here’s the thing: nobody disputes that. Everybody agrees that job creation would be a good thing, and everybody agrees on some level that every kind of social tension, including both racism among whites and its debilitating effects on black communities, gets worse then there is high unemployment, and thus lowering unemployment is part of the necessary solution. That’s not what’s in dispute.
As we will be discussing in the next-to-last theme in the course, Domestic Policy, there are competing theories on how to create jobs. Republicans tend to favor classical economic theory, and Democrats go with Keynesian economics. We’ll get to the details on those theories when we get to that next-to-last chapter, but the point right here is, there is agreement on the desirability of job creation, and there is debate over how to do it.
Thus, what is really in dispute is how much Donald Trump can be believed when he says, “I’m gonna bring jobs back. I’m gonna put America to work.” Now, the most that he can possibly say along those lines it that he believes he has the right economic theories for how to do it. And, of course, any major policy change, whether right or wrong, takes Congress, not just the president, to enact. Therefore, the most he can say is that he has ideas for how to create jobs, and he is going to make proposals along those lines to Congress–which, of course, is true of any candidate, so the idea that Trump is special in that regard goes flying out the window when held up to any serious scrutiny.
The funny thing is, if Trump wants to bring jobs back, he can accomplish more to that effect with his own corporate empire than he can as president of the United States. He has, of course, done quite the opposite in that corporate empire. That’s part of what really makes it a bit absurd when people say he’ll make a good president because “he’s a businessman.” Mike Bloomberg is a businessman too, and at the Democratic convention last week, he said, “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business. God help us.”