The Federal Government has finally gotten off its ass and did something about our water. They passed the Water Infrastructure Bill which was intended to help communities like Flint to replace their lead pipes. The Senate passed the bill first.
Then it want to the House of Representatives. You know the house that represents the American people directly. This is the one body in our Congress that is supposed to be the direct voice of the people. There are far more members of the House than the Senate. Each member of the House must face election every two years in their specific district, where they are also supposed to live.
So, what could possibly go wrong with this bill? Well, the Senate version contained a clause that said all steel, iron, aluminum, and any other material necessary to rebuild our water infrastructure must be made in America. Considering that the American taxpayer is paying for this bill, that is a reasonable thing to expect.
That way the bill would not only help construction workers who will be needed to build the infrastructure, but manufacturing jobs that will be necessary to make the material they need. We all know that Donald Trump is supposedly all in favor of such clauses that will bring “jobs back to America”. He has said so over and over.
However, apparently, Paul Ryan didn’t get the memo from Trump about saving American jobs. For that matter, Trump hasn’t got the memo about saving American Jobs either.
Paul Ryan decided that the “made in America” clause was not necessary and pulled it out of the House version of the bill. Democratic Senators even tweeted Donald Trump asking him to talk to Ryan to keep the measure in the bill.
They tweeted him because they figured with his love for tweets, that was the best way to get to him. He never replied to the tweets, and apparently never told Ryan that Trump thought it was a good idea to keep the clause.
So, when work begins on rebuilding our water infrastructure, just like Trump did when he built his hotel in Las Vegas, the country can purchase their steel from China not American steel mills. And, if they do, you will be paying to support Chinese steel and ignoring our own steel workers.
Turns out the infamous Carrier Deal isn’t as good as Trump said it was. He id not save 1100 jobs. He save 730 which is fantastic. The rest of the jobs he claims to have saved were never going to “move to Mexico” anyway. Although 1200 jobs from Carrier plants in Indiana are still moving to Mexico. Some great deal.
But, even putting that aside, Trump could not be bothered to save the “made in America” clause in a bill to rebuild our water infrastructure to help American workers. He was asked for his support, and refused to help.
The omission of that one clause could cost American workers dearly. If our own government won’t purchase our own products, why should anyone else? Did Trump lie to us again, or did Ryan simply refuse to accept the premise that American jobs are worth more than Chinese?
In my opinion, both Trump and the Republicans were given their first real test about saving American Jobs. They both failed miserably. I guess the next thing we will see is that our military equipment won’t be required to be “made in America” either. That will be great for our national security.
All of the rhetoric you have been hearing about how much Trump cares about American jobs have been lies. Can you imagine the headlines Trump could have gotten if he had gone to war with Ryan over this one clause? We might actually have been able to believe his rhetoric about our jobs.
But since he was apparently “too busy” to bother with this one clause, we know he is lying. Yes, he might do something to save a few jobs for headlines to say how wonderful he is, but when it comes to saving potentially millions of jobs, he just can’t be bothered. When it comes to spending American taxpayer money on American infrastructure, he can’t be bothered.
But then again this bill has nothing to do with making Trump richer by using his own companies. Maybe that is why he couldn’t be bothered. Trump hasn’t even taken office yet. Still Republicans and Trump himself are showing just how unimportant our workers and products are to them. Even when spending their tax dollars.
Part of the “pursuit of happiness” is having a job to pursue that happiness. Under the last three Republican Presidents we lost jobs and unemployment went up. Under the last two Democratic Presidents we gained jobs and unemployment went down.
I do not see anything from Trump yet that will break that Republican/Democrat cycle. Especially since our Republican Controlled Congress can’t even allow a “made in America” clause in a bill using taxpayer money and Donald Trump doesn’t see the urgency to help keep that clause in the bill when asked.