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There may not be a more polarizing phrase in the United States right now. There are many people who say that America is pretty great right now and doesn’t need to be made great again. The Bilateral Commission believes that America is great, but does recognize that there is always room for improvement. Because 62,000,000 Americans threw their support behind this moto, we must acknowledge the claim made by Donald Trump and listen to the people who adopted this perspective. If America is having problems, and needs improvement to become great again, what is it that drove these particular voters to support this claim? While addressing these voters we must also consider the majority that did not vote for Mr. Trump and tackle the issues that drove their votes to other candidates as well.
The mass media has told us the swing voters who elected Mr. Trump did so on the belief that their economic interests have been ignored for too long. These constituents voted with their pocketbook, or more accurately the lack of weight to their pocketbook. These voters not only consider themselves the unemployed, but many of them the underemployed. The lack of well-paying jobs, especially in the rust belt states, has driven people to take poor paying part-time jobs just to scrape out a living. As a result of their economic predicament they turned to the only candidate who spoke to this issue. The Bilateral Commission believes we should aggressively attack this problem and address the unemployment and underemployment problem which grips many states in the country.
According to Mr. Trump the path to America’s greatness is focused on increased tax cuts for the rich and corporations, and reductions in regulations which keep Americans safe and provide advantage to American workers. This is counter to his message on the campaign trail, where he stated he wanted to work for those people who lost their jobs as a result of changing global markets. According to the campaign trail Donald Trump, he was going to bring back manufacturing jobs to restore the middle class. The gift of deregulation for corporations and decreased taxes on the rich is not a strategy to bring back manufacturing jobs, but is based on his personal and benefactor’s desires to take more money out of the economy without producing anything of consequence. Unless you think the golden Age of America was when the Robber Barons enslaved workers, generating incredible personal wealth on the backs of those workers, this is not a strategy that meets the “Make America Great Again” mantra.
There is little doubt that the issues of America’s greatness are large and complex. The Bilateral Commission believes that we should learn from the past and use those lessons to “Make America Great Again” for those people who voted for Donald Trump. We believe that economically there is room to improve America’s standings. We also believe that if we examine our values and learn from the great leaders of the past, respecting the great things they did for all Americans, we can indeed make America great for all people, regardless of political identification. The Bilateral Commission proposes a strategy to “Make America Great Again” for all Americans, including restoring the middle class and the manufacturing sector in the United States.