Donald Trump’s Secret Plan To Bring Back Jobs: He Can’t

Trump can achieve his promise to bring back jobs and manufacturing one of two ways: by causing a massive trade war and recession, or using unicorn poop.

Donald Trump is going to make American business great again.  He’s going to bring back jobs.  He is going to bring home manufacturing.  From China, and Japan, and Mexico.  He’s going to “cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country.”  He’s the only one who can do it.  We know because he’s told us, and he is the most honest, experienced, and trustworthy candidate for President.  Ever.

Where does Donald Trump do his manufacturing?

You’d think that someone who cares so much about American jobs and manufacturing would set the example for all to emulate.  But that isn’t Trump’s style.  In fact, he is counting on you to not think at all.

Trump’s signature ties are made in China.  Many of his suits from Bangladesh.  All 800 items in Ivanka Trump’s fashion line are made in China and Vietnam.   Thousands of Trump items, including furniture, home items, and kitchen goods, are made in China and South America.

Why?

“We’re allowed to do it,” Trump said during the March GOP Debate.

“And frankly, because of the devaluations that other countries – the monetary devaluations that other countries are constantly doing and brilliantly doing against us, it’s very, very hard for our companies in this country, in our country, to compete.  So I will take advantage of it; they’re the laws. But I’m the one that knows how to change it. Nobody else on this dais knows how to change it like I do, believe me.” 

Well, the first part of that is right.

Why do American businesses “offshore” so much?

Why do you think American businesses bring in foreign workers in the first place? Why do American businesses ship manufacturing jobs overseas?  Why do American businesses buy and use so many foreign-made products?

Profit.  To the owners.  To the shareholders.  In exceptionally rare cases, to the employees.  

Don’t delude yourself.  Profit is the only thing Trump has ever cared about in all of his decades of “financial wizardry.”  He loves money, he loves screwing people out of it, he always wants more, and he will stop at nothing to get it. 

The thousands of other businesses that “offshore” may not be as selfish and greedy as Trump, but the whole reason they went overseas was to make money. Cheaper labor and cheaper costs equals higher profit.  It’s a no-brainer. 

How will Donald Trump bring back jobs?

CNN Money reported that Trump’s plan to bring back jobs is to tax foreign imports that are too expensive to make domestically, to the tune of 35% to 45%.  I’m not an economist but even I know that will make everything more expensive.  Result?  Massive inflation.  Actual economists agree, adding that it will likely spark a trade war and an American recession.  Just what we need!

You know, the funny part here is that Trump fans don’t seem to mind the threat of their everyday costs going up.  But you take those same people and ask them if we can raise the minimum wage, and they start shrieking like Chicken Little.  “Oh my God, everything will be more expensive, massive inflation, huge recession, bok bok bok!”

So what’s the hell is Donald Trump really going to do? 

Seriously, does the man actually think he can “reshore” manufacturing and bring back jobs without a corresponding rise in consumer prices?  The only way we see that happening is for him to raise his “large” hands and issue a magic decree to make every business owner and shareholder in the country immediately take a huge cut in profits to pay domestic wages and costs.  

Play that one through.  He’s going to bully his way past all of the business and commerce and special-interest lobbies, and past all the rich business people who bankroll all the political candidates, and all the politicians who count on all that campaign money.  They’re all just going to rush with open arms, begging to slash their profits and pay living wages.  

That is, quite frankly, sheer utter delusional madness.  The fact is, there is absolutely nothing that Donald Trump can do to fulfill this promise. But none of his fans care. If they cared, about facts, about honor, about honesty, about real American values, he wouldn’t be the nominee to begin with.


This is part 6 in a continuing series to critically examine Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

  1. Who Are The Ten Most Honest And Lying American Politicians?
  2. Why Can’t You Believe Hillary Clinton Is Inherently Honest?
  3. Trump Bankruptcy Reveals Chilling Details
  4. `Crooked Hillary?’ That Time Donald Trump Destroyed Email Evidence
  5. Caught Again: Trump Still Hiring Foreign Workers Over Americans
  6. Donald Trump’s Secret Plan To Bring Back Jobs: He Can’t
  7. Trump’s Ponzi Scheme To Bankrupt The U.S. Economy

 


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Charlie has been writing news, opinion, and spoof pieces on politics off and on since 1994. In between gigs, he's a stand-up philosopher.