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The depth of public disillusionment with the status quo.
In his inaugural address, Obama promised “not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” He promised to “build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.” He promised to “restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.” He promised to “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” And of course he promised to "cut deficit spending in half".
Barack Obama failed to address the tax issues or get a budget passed in his first four years, Obamacare failed to lower Insurance costs to most Americans by the promised $2,400... instead most people's Insurance costs went up at least that much in the past few years, while others have lost coverage all together.
After listening to Obama blame Bush for all our problems the first two years or more, despite the fact that Bush had to contend with 9/11, Katrina, and the Housing Meltdown (which honestly no matter who was President all three of those catastrophes would likely have been beyond the President's ability to alter) all of which seriously impacted our economy during those 8 years...who now do we blame for our problems?
Who now do we blame for another looming recession? For the proposed additional 4 Trillion in national debt for this year's budget? For the 4.5% Unemployment that we all know is really over 20% Unemployment, they've just stopped counting all those people who have for too long been unemployed?
The Nation's working-age population grows by about 163,000 people a month, the young who never get fulltime employment are never counted against Unemployment. In addition, Obama added 1.7 million illegal immigrants to the 'legal' workforce back in 2012. These numbers don't show up in their 4.5% unemployment.
While Hillary Clinton has promised us more of the same, more of the divisionary politics that has ruled the landscape for more than twenty years now. Trump with all his bluster and bravado has promised to remove China's "most favored nation" trade status, which will allow America to 'tax' their imports and that in turn will make 'made in America' more competitive. It would also make it less advantageous for companies to ship jobs to China, and make it more economical for them to keep those jobs right here in America.
Trump has advocated the amendment of NAFTA and CAFTA to reflect today's realities. This to, would stop the bleeding of jobs to other nations, and make it more feasible for companies to keep or create jobs right here in America... NAFTA and CAFTA were supported by the Clintons time and again.
For instance, the economic team and key advisors, including Mack McLarty, Mickey Kantor, and David Gergen, who urged Bill Clinton to use his momentum to push for congressional ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) did so knowing it could take jobs away from American workers. But as an advocate of global economic cooperation, Bill Clinton was drawn to its free-trade philosophy.
That is what Clinton and Obama, have supported, global economic cooperation at the expense of American prosperity and jobs. Mickey Kantor, the U.S. Trade Representative responsible for implementing NAFTA, sat Hillary Clinton down on a bench behind the White House and convinced her to back NAFTA, even though at the time she was pushing for health care reform (later implemented by Obama), Kantor said to her: "'If you want to drop NAFTA, we can kill it, but we shouldn't,'" Kantor recalled. "I said, 'The way to do it is to introduce health care, spend a month on it, and then do NAFTA, then go back to health care.'" She agreed and the devastation of the American industry began.
Trump wants to lower American corporate taxes on businesses which are the highest in the world. And will give incentives to businesses to keep (or create) jobs here in America rather than moving them overseas. Trump wants to rescind 'most favoured nation' status for China, and wants to modify or do away with NAFTA and CAFTA.
If Trump truly accomplished half of those things... America would gain 8 to 12 million jobs for Americans in the next four years. Since Trump is not beholden to lobbyists, foreign powers or really either Party for that matter, he might be able pull it off... vote an 'establishment' politician into office, and these issues will never see the light of day, and the decay of American industry and innovation will continue.
The trade deficit with China directly slices $700 billion off GDP, and about $1 trillion through the multiplier effects usually associated with a permanent boost in spending or a tax cut. The U.S. manufacturing base has lost over 11 million jobs and real wages have sunk back to pre-1990 levels, with China manipulating its currency, and that's what is destroying the middle-class.
There were 47 million American's on welfare when Obama took office and now there are more than 110 million. Clearly you can't cut down on deficit spending when you are more than doubling the millions of people living off of entitlements. A fact all but ignored, and never discussed in the media.
Now let's look at some of Obama's accomplishments during his years in office:
Obama bypassed congressional authority, issuing an executive order to place US coastal waters in the jurisdiction of the UN, and making US coastal states responsible to pay taxes and share revenue with up to 160 foreign nations. Obama placed the UN L.O.S.T. Treaty above the sovereignty of the United States.
Obama bypassed congressional authority, issuing executive order number 13575 to place a large percentage of rural American farmland into the jurisdiction of the UN, and to extend federal control over that portion of our farmlands, driving out the rightful owners with federal regulations. Executive order 13575 agenda 21
Obama bypassed Congress on the DREAM Act, stopping the Federal Government from deporting illegals and granting them the ability to get work permits, adding millions to a workforce that already has tens of millions out of work.
Obama bypassed Congress and issued a policy directive that effectively rewrites the Welfare Reform law of 1996, his change allows the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the work requirement at the heart of welfare reform.
Obama ordered the IRS to ignore fraudulent immigrant claims for refunds they claim for children, who are not even verified to be real, it is estimated that this fraud costs tax payers over 6 Billion dollars a year.
Obama’s stimulus plan cost more than the race to the moon, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Marshall Plan combined — in real dollars — and it did little to improve the economy. Some of Obama's biggest supporters reaped the rewards of the ARRA stimulus, while the promise that it would ensure unemployment would never go above 8% was proven false, as it never went below 8% during his first four years.
And then of course, there was Obamacare, the law that has 21 new taxes in it, even though Obama promised it was not a tax. Which the Supreme Court said is exactly what it was. And of course, we trust our government to oversee one sixth of the National economy and levy taxes for that oversight, after all, they have done such a stand up job with Social Security.
These are the reasons why Hillary Clinton is an unelectable candidate. America by-and-large bought into Obama's Hope and Change, they believed in it, and he didn't come through for them, quite the contrary the Nation is in a more perilous position than it has been since before the Reagan recovery of the mid-80s. And it has been put there directly because of the decisions and actions of the Obama administration and the 'establishment' as a whole.
The majority of American voters no longer trust in the 'establishment' or in those long tenured established politicians that have long been part of it. They want real change, and they will flock to the candidate that they think most embodies change and anti-establishment.