President Trump’s Wheezing Jobs Effort

Mr. Trump needs guidance on his muddled approach to job creation. American manufacturers should stop indulging his vanity, and help him forge a plan.

Comments: 174

  1. Man’s been in office for two months. He can hardly reverse eight years of Obama, and particularly the first three when he COMPLETELY ignored jobs until he figured he’d better pay them some lip-service if he wanted to be re-elected. For those first three years, ALL that was done that had any real effect on America was healthcare, as well as financial and environmental regulation. But unlike Obama, Trump’s HIGHEST priority is middle-class jobs.

    It’s not surprising that the editors, not seeing policy to create employment perforce by massive pubic infusions and legislation, would conclude that nothing is happening. But even the Times, in a recent piece, admitted that small business was highly energized by Republican plans to dramatically lower taxes and roll back excessive regulation; and that those actions likely would translate into an enhanced willingness to hire. And on the regulation front, they’ve already started despite being so consumed by healthcare reform.

    Obama tried a partnership between labor unions and environmental groups to expand “green economy” jobs, and what did he deliver for America? Precarious employment, millions of “burger-flipping” jobs and an economy not projected to grow appreciably for the foreseeable future. Properly, Trump is going in a different direction.

    You guys lost the election – at EVERY level of our governance. You don’t get to lose an election that monumentally and STILL get to expect that Republicans will turn into Democrats.

  2. What idiotic nonsense Leuttgen.

    Mr. Obama came into office with the economy in the worst recession since 1929, it would have been 1929 again if he had not bee able to stop the bankruptcy of GM. Even as he tried to get legislation passed that would have boosted the economy, he was blocked by the GOP. You seem to avoid mentioning the GOP pledge to make him a one term president, and the constant blocking of any legislation by him. Their excuse, it did not meet their terms. Terms that would have made things wore.

    At the end of those eight years we were beginning to see the results of his efforts, but the GOP managed to convince their subnormal followers that it was not working. Then this carnival barker comes along ant tells them how their jobs are being stolen, how he can fix all this now, and they believe him, just as they have believe other GOP charlatans over the years, only to find out too late they have been taken.

    Now they have a documented swindler, a promoter if fraudulent schemes, who is persona non grata at American banks he tried to swindle, who loan from Dusche Bank was brought up to date by Rosneft, and you make snide remarks about Obama.

    While most of us have tried to be polite to you, you are coming to be recognized as a supporter of the most despicable politician in U.S. history. And your conservative ideas exceed even those of Donald Rumsfeld. Youmake AynRand look like a liberal.

  3. Oh, David, I've become a supporter of one of the most not "despicable" but merely despised politicians by YOU. Post your own opinions and try to get over yourself.

    You continue to make excuses for Obama's failure to deliver, and I suppose you will for all time. But I'll make you a promise: if after a full year Trump hasn't made serious progress towards fixing what had been utterly dysfunctional and frozen politics and moving us forward again, I'll acknowledge it and Trump as a failed bet as honestly as I did with Obama, starting with the ramming of the ACA -- and I gave Obama MORE than a year.

    Of course, if Trump SUCCEEDS at making serous progress at delivering his agenda after that year, including rolling back excessive regulation, lowering taxes, jump-starting a growth economy and repatriating middle-class jobs, improving our national security and defending us from this absurd "open borders" notion ... then I'll certainly crow.

    THAT, of course, is what REALLY concerns you, not so much his manner -- that he might SUCCEED. For ALL Americans, let's hope he does. But succeed or fail, I for one will hold him accountable for delivering what he promised to deliver and won't make your Obama-excuses for failure.

  4. Well RL: I don't know how much you have in the market, I have a substantial amount of investment, I read various publications every day.

    Consider his rolling back auto emission standards. California set them many years ago, the auto companies found they had to install controls to sell in California. They tried leaving them off for other states, but the controls had to be installed if you wanted to bring the car here, so they put them on all cars.

    You think rolling back EPA standards will bring back coal? You really think the power companies will go back when gas is more efficient, cleaner burning, the furnaces don't have to be rebuilt, the ash does not have to be disposed of?

    Are the cotton mills coming back, will new ones be built?
    Is Walmart looking to find $5 a day workers to make their cheap clothing. Just read about what happened to Rubbermaid with them. Look at Kraft after Berkshire Hathaway bought them. And Delco after Bain Capital bought it.

    Oh maybe he is going to loosen the regulations on the FDA so we can all have tainted meat, and another Thalidomide indecent. And financial advisors will be able to direct your money to their friends, instead of what is best for you.

    He has a record of swindling small contractors, can not refi a mortgage with an American bank, he owes Deutch Bank almost $1billion, the interest was paid by Rosneft. Your opininon of Mr. Obama has not basis in fact. Yes I am worried about Trump. Iam wiorried about a market crash.

  5. I think the cuts to the job retraining programs are the most heinous part of the Trump budget. Aren't these the programs designed to prepare coal miners (no, those jobs aren't coming back, because no one in their right mind is going to re-open a shuttered mine when gas is so much cheaper to produce) for the energy jobs of the future?

    Like most things Trump, the items cited in this editorial reflect more the disorder in Trump's mind than any cohesive strategy. I mean, it sounds like a series of opposing actions, that taken together, produce a net zero change in the status quo. How can you promise jobs when tariffs, trade wars, and gigantic walls will exert a tax on the movement of goods, services, and component parts?

    The president's proposals on jobs to date remind me of his actions on healthcare: take a system that greatly expanded access but didn't go far enough in mandating participation or regulating the insurance market and replace it plan that coverers fewer people for more money. A lot more, particularly for the old.

    In other words, if it's not broke, just fix it anyway by breaking it. Trump is taking an economy that was finally investing in new technologies and virtually guaranteeing that all that progress would be thrown out the window, replaced by a return to dirty water, polluted air, unsafe products, and corrupt (and unaccountable) capitalism.

    Call it the Trump doctrine: Nothing is so good that we can't make it far worse.

  6. I have always thought that "make America great again" meant that Trump was going to have to break America first. I still think that's true, but I don't think I fully appreciated how "great" equates to "break" in Trump's mind. Breaking America seems to be all he intends to do.

  7. As a real estate developer, Trump is clueless about what it actually takes to design and manufacture a modern, high tech product. It was ever so, and unless he drops his inflated ego long enough to listen to people who really know, it will ever be.

  8. Please cease trying to give Trump advice to improve things. It might get him some votes. He is taking credit for events initiated by Mr. Obama being the swindler and fraud that he is.

    The GOP legislators as we have just seen, do not want to spend money on things they say do not produce results. Typical is the Meals on Wheels, what kind of profit can that show, after all it costs money to keep these people alive and a bit independent. Well Republicans can not have that, it cuts into Trumps cost of flying to his golf course every weekend.

    Surly those people confined to their homes can find gainful employment, I am sure the Republicans can find some task for them.

  9. David

    One way to think about Meals on Wheels is as an ounce of prevention that avoids a pound of cure.

    One day's stay in the hospital for someone who does not have health insurance will pay for a year's worth of Meals on Wheels for that person. If we can keep one person healthy, that eliminates a huge medical cost. That is a pretty good ROI (return on investment) given that seniors usually spend a lot more than just one day in the hospital if they fall ill.

    As the old ad says "You can pay me now, or you can pay me later." The trade off in that one was the cost of an oil change for your car, versus the cost of a replacement engine when the one you have seizes up if it runs with too little oil.

  10. If ever there was something which cost gazillions and could not, by any stretch of the imagination called "investment", it is the completely useless "WALL" between us (US) and Mexico. Power dams, wind farms, solar panels are investments in the future, and so is training and re-training for higher skills. Building a wall is like moving sand from one pile to another. People break their backs, but nothing is gained. NOTHING.

  11. Conman country-club brat Trump doesn't care about you. He only cares about himself.

    He lies as he breathes.

    Jobs? What jobs? He wants to give more tax cuts to the superrich, deregulate your air, earth, and water, criminalize poverty, and laugh all the way to the bank.

    What part of his life shows he cares about anything but screwing everyone else as long as he can claim his golden grown and dictate to everyone?

    He's got some real trouble on his plate, but he's escaped it by getting elected president.

    Who wants a criminal traitor in Putin's blackmailing oligarchic pocket for president? Hands up if you are enough of a fool to buy his lies.

  12. crown, that was, golden crown ... he's in it for himself ...

  13. A job creator Donald ain't
    All pony show with a Trump taint.
    The results comprise
    More Munchausen style lies
    If jobs do result I would faint.

  14. We don't need a rebirth of American manufacturing. Domestic manufacturing output is near record highs. We are second in output only to China.

    Employment in manufacturing has declined precipitously but output has surged. This is because of rising productivity driven by technology.

    All this has not been hampered by regulations, but has thrived with them. If that were not true, then why has output risen so high?

    Trump claims that reducing regulations will increase output. No, that will only increase profits. But corporate profits are also at all time highs. They are at nearly 9% while the post WWII average hovers around 5.8%. The Dow is also breaking new all time highs.

    Nothing that Trump wants to do will re-employ small town factory workers. Those low skilled jobs are gone forever. The world is facing a paradigm shift in employment. Only creative, entrepreneurial and high tech jobs will abound. Strong backs need not apply. These jobs require specialized and targeted training, critical thinking skills and a take charge independent attitude from the worker. Repetitive labor jobs are going fast and will soon all disappear.

    Massive investments in social infrastructure are needed. That would be vo-tech training programs, computer science, code writing, internet geeky type work. Where are those in the the Trump budget and how many will be able to graduate?

  15. I think low skilled workers are hurting and they don't deserve to hurt; however, the reality today in the US there is a seismic shift in the type of industries that are evolving with the change in times. The sad thing is that Republicans, partially responsible for the destruction of the lower middle class, by the way, a class that, at one time, was able to buy homes, cars and live the American Dream, refuse to help with re-education for their victims.

    Our new ruling class - the Republicans - are heartless, and their mouthpiece, Tweetle-Dumb is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. One day the iceberg is going to hit us and most of Americans will find themselves in steerage.

    Our country has become grotesque.

  16. There's certainly a need for actual *physical* infrastructure investment. More of which would be already taking place and generating jobs if not for Republican obstruction.

  17. Reducing regulation only increases public costs of cleaning up after trashers like bullyboy Trump.

  18. Cheers for the unsparing honesty.

  19. March 18, 2017
    Here's a president in need of on job training - and in reality is not the best qualified for the Chief Executive - and what's shocking is an American template for creating and maintaining jobs out of his third class operations - of legal complaints, bankruptcies. and just hot air denials - hey it everyone for their own survival - even with being hacked or targets for hostile takeovers.....
    jja Manhattan, N. Y.

  20. Reagan instilled the idea that the most certain way to generate jobs is to accelerate economic growth by cutting taxes, despite his experience that cutting taxes raised deficits without generating enough growth to create revenues adequate to pay for the tax cuts. G.W. Bush watched his tax cuts generate deficits without generating economic growth. Trump is going to generate economic growth by cutting taxes, at least that is his plan. In addition, he's going to initiate infrastructure improvements to the tune of over a trillion dollars, and have it paid for by 4% steady economic growth.

    Instead of letting Trump distract us all from considering his proposals we are devoting 95% of the public discussion to his absurd lies. We know that Trump has destroyed his credibility with everyone with who he must deal to accomplish anything, so if he's dropping red herrings to avoid more substantial discussions about his proposals, it' still not healthy and intelligent behavior. But let's face it, Trump is not just inept and silly, he's the President and he is making policies with which we all must live, so we need to let his distractions be and to get on with the nation's business. Trump's jobs effort is not going to create jobs and he's not going to see a steady 4% growth rate. He might award a huge amount of defense contracts paid with borrowing and show some great temporary economic growth but it will not set the stage for an economy that will continue to grow at 4%.

  21. Wisconsin, Kansas, Alabama and Indiana all cut taxes to stimulate growth, and now the republicans want us to share in their misery, because there's not a glimmer of growth in those states. Instead of dealing with reality they helped vote in a false prophet who promised that only HE can save us, and, unfortunately, we'll all suffer because of it.

  22. Donald Trump likes to accuse others (including Congressman Lewis) of being "all talk, no action" - but Trump himself is all talk, no action. How easy he finds it to say that 'China is raping us,' or that 'American carnage' stops with him. But those are just empty words, without a follow through. For results, he would have to (gasp!) examine what worked and what did not in various trade agreeents, rather than say it was the worst deal, ever; create actual infrastructure projects, with all due respect to his supposed wall with Mexico; find smart investments of government funds, as President Obama did when he saved our auto industry; and so on.
    Don't hold your breath. Trump barely has the attention span to do a cheap stunt about a fraction of jobs at Carrier, let alone construct a coherent strategy.

  23. I sat through a lunch recently where colleagues assured me that less regulation would make coal competitive again and so bring back the coal job. Is that true? Will it stimulate the demand for coal with lower prices, or will it simply increase profits within the current market?
    The free market has been corrupted by the domination of shareholder value in that higher returns today are preferred to higher reinvestment for the future. If Trump really wants to grow jobs, he should cap profits to a formula based on non-executive salary expenditure.

  24. @Gerard
    Coal can not compete with natural gas. The power companies are using gas as it is cleaner, they do not have to dispose of waste products, and the furnaces do not have to be rebuilt every few years. Just the scrubbers to remove the CO2, the lead, the sulfur from the emissions raises the cost of building a plant by 25%.

    Only a certain grade of coal is used in blast furnaces to make steel. Wind and solar are not producing 15% of electricity, and the use of low power devices such as LED lamps, better home insulation, more efficient motors has reduced the demand for electricity. Coal has to be transported by rail and truck, gas by pipeline, although the Four Corners plant is supplied by a slurry belt over several miles.

    China uses lots of coal for steel production, but they get it from Australia, a lot closer than the U.S.

    As for the shareholder value, look at the activist shareholders, mostly funds and hedge funds, that get on a board, and buy back the shares, increasing their value, then selling for big gains. Or the private equity that loads a company with debt, pays themselves big bonuses, they puts the company into bankruptcy, selling it to suckers with an IPO, or to a Chinese investor, like Bain Capital did with Delco.

    You colleagues do not seem to know much about investing. Do not invest on their advice.

  25. Coal is done. The big industries in Pennsylvania burning gas and oil will not be going back to coal. They have said so themselves.

  26. Unless we want to be like China where the pollution is so bad in some cities-like Beijing-that you risk your health just walking outside, coal will never again be a viable industry in this country. Gas is cheaper to get and use and the waste is negligible. However, with these clowns in control all bets are off!

  27. So, to meet his employment promise/goal, President Trump’s administration will have to enact policies that will create, on average, more than 260,000 jobs per month for 8 years. Wow. Good luck with that, unless that 50+ billion for the military will be used to “hire” millions of service members.
    The President’s immigration policies are pushing away foreign-born college students who wish to study in the United States and may want to stay here where demographics don’t point to a growing workforce. His budget for the Departments of Labor and Education will slash millions from job training and education programs that can help the unemployed, underemployed, and young underprivileged jobseekers learn new skills and earn higher wages. That blueprint will rely on states, which are rolling in the dough, to make up the slack in job training. Perhaps this misadministration thinks its work requirements under the AHCA Medicaid proposal will bring millions of new workers into the economy.
    More contradictions and false hopes.

  28. The only jobs he's interested in are those in Trumpland. His FAMILY business. This is all a huuuge money- making operation, for now and for decades to come for all the trumplings. PEROID.

  29. Now the rust belt is complete, we are going to have the sand belt, as the wheat states deseritfy.

  30. This President has to be continually called out by the Press for brash talk and little action. He is ignorant, doesn't know enough to educate himself or learn from others. He should not be allowed to take credit for the job creation rooted in the past, while he decimates jobs thru his administration's actions. It is time to start a tally of jobs lost. The myth he is a great negotiator needs to be buried with the truth. He can't talk in complete sentences. How could he possibly have a serious policy discussion? He will let others do the work and take all the credit. How much could he really be doing if he has time to head to Florida, playing golf nearly every weekend and holds most meetings over meals at the White House. How much can you get done when your mouth is always full? The emperor not only has no clothes, the brain and heart are missing too!

  31. Trump's priorities have nothing to do with jobs for Americans. His budget does the following:
    1) Slashes infrastructure spending by cutting the Dept, of Transportation's budget 13%.
    2) Slashes energy programs when renewable energy jobs were growing 12 times faster than the rest of the economy.
    3) Slashes jobs in medical professions with Trumpcare with health care across the past year growing about 30,000 jobs per month.
    4) Slashes jobs in government with draconian cuts. Even though civil employees are already down to a level last seen in 1966, Trump's hiring freeze and cuts will hit this sector hard. 60% of the civil service jobs are in the DOD, Homeland Security and VA, and many employ veterans.
    5) Slashes environmental jobs - not just in government but in various pollution clean ups around the country from Chesapeake Bay to Puget Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. Keystone Pipeline would only create about 35 permanent jobs.
    5) Slashes various economic development projects in areas most in need as well as minority business development. This includes training of workers including nurses and those who are transitioning from archaic industries to modern technological ones.

    Somehow I imagine that Trump will employ illegal immigrants (as he did on Trump Tower, for example) on his wall, or use convict labor or not pay minimum wage or some other sleazy tactic. Trump is on his 7th golfing weekend in 2 months at taxpayer expense. He certainly doesn't know how to do his own job.

  32. At this point, I see the don as a Republican diversionary tactic. His histrionics cover what will actually be done to move the neoliberal train wreck forward. We really should stop focusing on the bull in the china shop and focus on what is actually happening or not happening. At the end of the day it will not be pretty and we may not have noticed until far too late. Regarding the don's supporters, in the words of Bob Dylan they are: "Only a pawn in their game."

  33. Trump's budget also slashes funding for the Small Business Administration, which in turn funds startups and other ventures. I have no idea how many other Americans were able to get their shops going with SBA loans, but I got one in 1996 and we're still very much in business. Either Trump is trying to strangle our nation's small businesses, or he hasn't bothered to read "his" budget proposal.

  34. Has someone pointed out to him that all those golfing weekends, not to mention the security his wife and son are getting living away from the White House, can pay for Meals on Wheels?

  35. The nice thing for me about Trump's lack of effort in creating jobs, and ignorant missteps that are costing America jobs, is that he's failing. He's failing miserably at fulfilling any of his campaign promises.

    He's done nothing about creating jobs, as shown here. He's done nothing about building his fabulous wall except order it done; so far there's been no other action and it's clear Mexico would never pay for it, as he promised. He's ignored the infrastructure investment promise, which is one thing most of America (except GOP politicians) would approve of. His Muslim ban keeps getting shot down in court. Hillary Clinton still walks free, and there's never been another word on any investigation of her. His reworking of the ACA is not a better plan, and would cost millions of his supporters their health care.

    Most obviously, he has done nothing to make America great again. Not only zero improvements thus far, but he's tarnished our global reputation more every day, and major allies are considering ditching us. The world doesn't view America as a beacon of democracy now, rather, after only two months, it views us with alarm and horror. We're viewed as something like a bull in a china shop, only drunk, high on meth, and covered in ignited napalm.

    This is all fine by me, because I want him to fail. I want all his supporters to realize voting for him was the worst vote they ever cast. And I want them to suffer for it.

  36. "an American industry already enjoying record profits and adding jobs"

    There you go again.

    American industry overall is struggling, just as the American economy overall has never really recovered from the Great Recession of Dubya.

    There are places doing well. There are specific industries doing well.

    We have never reached the standard of "a rising tide lifts all boats." Only some boats are being lifted, and much of the country, many of our people are left out.

    Trump isn't doing enough, isn't really doing much of anything? Fine. Things are great and we don't need these promises? No. That is the thinking that cost the election.

  37. Here's a list of some of the industries doing extremely well, based on the record profits and CEO compensation: defense suppliers, big Pharma, energy, oil, health insurers, utilities, medical device makers, etc. It should be noted that over an 8 year period, 258 profitable Fortune 500 companies paid an average effective federal income tax rate of 21.2%, much less than most of us. So effect we're paying corporate welfare--and companies are thanking us by offshoring profits and jobs, using tax holidays to buy their own stock and privatize their own companies, and bringing in foreign workers for lower pay.

    Here's more about Trump's own shell game moving money:

  38. As bad as the Great Recession was, anyone watching the economy for the last 30 years or so knows that our problems started long before W arrived. We've basically been running on the fumes of our post-WWII boom for the last three decades. Stagnant wages and growing inequality are symptoms of America's refusal to face the big questions posed by a changing and increasingly competitive world--to invest in its future, its infrastructure, its workers.

    Although Trump seemed to get one part of the equation, the necessity of rebuilding our infrastructure and 'priming the pump' his budget blueprint suggests he is falling back on the same-old, same-old of conservative administrations: cutting taxes and trickle-down economics, in an effort to squeeze just a bit more blood from the stone. It may produce some modest results in the near-term, but long run we will only be further behind because we still haven't made the necessary investments for true sustained growth.

  39. Trump never had a plan to create jobs — nor does he give a damn about the American worker. He and his managers and backers (Bannon, Conway, Mercer and Co.) saw an opening — the disaffected workers — and exploited it to get themselves elected, then promptly forgot the blue collar types.

    The whole Trump "movement" was a scam and a farce from the beginning.

  40. Yes exactly, and it's amazing to me how many pundits and editorial column writers still take the idea that he wants to help the working class seriously. Just call him an exploitive liar and leave it at that - then we won't have to have all these irrelevant discussions.

  41. Spot on. We are all Trump University now.

  42. His budget has borrowed heavily from Reganomics funding an enormous increase in defense spending to create a false increase in jobs and the economy. Most defense-related jobs can't be outsourced to foreign producers created a tax-based demand for employees. As soon as that we'll drys up...CRASH!

  43. He's been in office for only 2 months? Really, it is so tedious, it seems years.

    But I guess you might be right that he'll get the job stuff done. I do like your take here, "There will be some very serious developments in just a few days / weeks / months / years that I think you will find very interesting!"

    Where have I heard that before? We are due a heck of a lot of "interesting developments" at some point. On, oh, so many topics.

  44. There is no jobs plan. There is no healthcare plan. There is no infrastructure plan. There is no plan.

  45. There are few if any industries who would hire a person with no relatable experience. The Presidency requires some knowledge of and experience in the politics of managing a large organization garnering support from all parties, experience in hiring people with experience and ability execute its functions. A functioning board of directors is needed as is knowledge of and commitment to all relevant laws and regulations. A contract with hiring, compensation and firing specifics should be in place. Within the company its managers are promoted and hired based on previous success, knowledge and skills, and management ability. Donald Trump's ability to do the things required of a President was unknown. His performance, so far, should be giving us some idea about his ability to manage continuing and future critical issues. I am retired but the world is basically the same. In the world I worked in he would be on probation with a very short leash. The institutions and entities that rely on our country are showing much unease and our competitors are seemingly heartened by what they see. Risk is increasing. Running a government like a business depends on your business. In all successful business and political work previous to President Trump's inauguration, actions like his actions thus far would not be tolerated for long. The strengths of organizations and businesses would already be eroding. Our collective wisdom is surely needed and being tested. It does not look good.

  46. t-rump stumping again to "convince" fools that he has their best interest in his "heart". Heart of stone. They eat it up like free candy because they are deluded into thinking how wonderful the past "was". These folks and t-rump need to have a look in the mirror and discover who is fooling whom. Most of us know but unfortunately, we didn't get out and vote. Shame on us for this fiasco.

  47. American corporations seem to be concerned about only one thing, the maximizing of profit. If that means low wages and cuts, so be it. Until the notion sets in that steady long-term profit is more beneficial than quarterly increases in the bottom line, there will be no miracle for American workers. All they'll get is the repeated mantra that they should be happy they have a job.

  48. I really had hopes that Trump would be a brake on the Republicans. Obviously he is in over his head and my hopes have been dashed as he once again takes the easy way out. He has no clue how to govern so those that know how will pull the strings and he will be the carnival barker salesman of the regressive policies of the Republican party. He is a sad, pitiful man. There is no salvation, impeachment brings a holy-roller rubber stamp for what is going on in Kansas right now, proof of the failure of "pro-growth" trickle down economic policies. How completely depressing.

  49. There seems to be only one way to finesse the situation. Keep Trump in just long enough to create a huge mess and not give Pence enough time in office as his replacement to do anything before the next election. Hopefully by then sanity will have returned to at least an electoral majority. That of course means some two years of Trump when he has hardly got past two months.

  50. I so disagree with the only comment at the time I am writing this, from Richard. According to Richard, everything is Obama's fault and just give trump more than 2 months and the world will be so rosy for Americans. Richard needs to take off his rose colored Republican glasses and see this Presidency for what it is. Obama saved us from largest depression since the 1920s. My husband and I were laid off during the last year of Bush 2's presidency. Both of us added skills and degrees with the tax credits from Obama and found other employment.

    What has Trump done and will do for us? Well already he has made us a laughing stock to other nations, he has probably sold our future to the Russians, he has removed regulations that keep our air and water clean, etc... Very soon he will have gutted health care.

    Sorry, I don't see a big job picture unless we all go to the border and stack bricks. Trump is the worst president of all time. He make me wish we had a parliamentary government where he could receive a recall/vote of no confidence. I hope we still have a democracy when he leaves office.

  51. If 'productivity, innovation and globalization' were enough to produce to success, America would still be a haven for industry, jobs and smart moves. But apparently the average worker has seen where high wages lead: to off-shoring and out-sourcing. DJT knows this. He knows the gears have been on a slow-grinding wind-down, perhaps inevitable, but to innovate world-class technology, then give the job to low-paid workers abroad, is counter-productive. We cannot 'out-compete' low-wage, no environmental regulation countries. Selling this dream of American manufacturing resurgence without allied tactics will only produce more down-sized, off-shored phantom corporations. . . . should know . . . .watched the long, slow dissolve of Eastman Kodak Company. ~~ a Rochesterian

  52. There's actually a very good reason president trump hasn't yet moved full-bore into job creation. Until very recently he had been putting all his effort and creative thinking into defeating ISIS. That, by the way, explains a great deal of the lack of response to press questions by so many of his close associates. The fact is that ISIS has been soundly defeated. But the rest of the world doesn't know it because, even now, it's a deep secret. The press should take one of the numerous hints from people wiser than they and stop asking embarassing questions. After all, you wouldn't want to reveal our brilliant victory . . . because the secret so far has been kept from ISIS as well.

  53. Job retraining...

    Yeah - right...

    When was the last time you folks retrained a...

    > Press worker for a computer technology job

    > Younger/diverse journalist, to replace an older white male editor or columnist...


    As far as...

    "...Mr. Ross revived slivers of the South’s textile industry and steel making in the Midwest by restructuring factories and focusing on higher-value production and leaner operations. Is he sharing that experience with the president...

    Two answers come to mind:

    1. Yes
    2. Just ask your contacts in the GCHQ

  54. "...Mr. Ross revived slivers of the South’s textile industry and steel making in the Midwest by restructuring factories and focusing on higher-value production and leaner operations. Is he sharing that experience with the president?"

    A) I'd like to see some numbers as far as the jobs gained (and lost) in those revived "slivers" of industry. As well, some numbers as to how these corporate reorganizations gilded Mr. Ross's net worth.
    B) In the post-Trump era, if Mr. Ross is forthcoming, we'll undoubtedly find out that "sharing that experience with the president" was an event of dubious intellectual provenance, if it occurred at all.

  55. It would behoove the car industry to continue to focus on new technology and fuel efficient cars. We want fuel efficient cars and if American manufacturers drop the ball we will buy from their competitors. We did it before and we will do it again.

  56. Wouldn't it be nice if America companies were patriotic and chose to build their labor force here in the United States rather than moving those jobs offshore. But alas we are a capitalist nation and who cares as long as our businesses make money.

    Regulations and trade reform would go a long way towards addressing the issue. Millions of jobs have been lost since the recession, not to automation but to offshoring. Manufacturering, call centers, technology and human resources are the most impacted fields. Just because it's good business doesn't make it right.

    Both parties are too blame. President Obama and the Democrats focused on healthcare at a time when jobs were being lost. Now the Republicans are making the same mistakes.

    Trump's budget wasn't surprising. He sees running the country the same way as running a business. Let's face it, businesses focus more on what they can cut not what they can spend. Yes his budget is heartless but it's also on par with the direction we seem to be going.

    We need both parties to come together on a jobs plan. How do they plan to keep our jobs here rather than allowing them to go offshore. We're a consumer driven economy but we need jobs to do so.

  57. Your patriotic companies would make products then the average American can't afford. And for me as a European, why would I buy American if i can buy a cheaper non-American product?

  58. There was a time when a man like Henry Ford could create a vast business employing thousands of people and with unionization pay these folks a Middle class wage with benefits. Today's Henry Ford sits behind a computer on Wall Street and makes millions a day on fast stock trades . He employs no one. In less than a hundred years we've moved from a manufacturing economy to a financial one. When we need things like silverware or steel we get them from China or Japan, those folks do the heavy lifting. During world war 2 we needed massive armies with massive armaments . No longer , missiles, drones, and Navy Seals miniaturized the battle field. And if you can maintain a first strike nuclear capability you can rule the world. Strikingly , we don't need the 300 million population we have- no Henry Fords', no massive armies invading Normandy. This is the new lean America. Want a job? Make your own, keep a light footprint, employ no one and good luck.

  59. Jobs and health are acceptable collateral damage to a Trump who has been maneuvered to diminish America abroad, and permanently cripple the government at home.

  60. If you really want to know what President Trump will do in the future, look at what he has done in the past. It appears that he will continue to do what he has done.

  61. While Trump boasts about de-regulation as being key to job creation -- our "corporatos" continue to raid the U.S. Treasury. For each dollar America’s 50 biggest companies paid in federal taxes between 2008 and 2014, they received $27 back in federal loans, loan guarantees, and bailouts, according to Oxfam. In Eighteen of the largest corporations paid "0" taxes, reports the Institute of Taxation & Economic Policy. These include G.E., Duke Energy, Sempra Energy, American Electric Power, PG&E, Xcel Energy, CMS Energy, Atmos Energy, FirstEnergy, Eversource Energy, NiSource, Wisconsin Energy, International Paper,, Ameren, and Pepco Holdings.

  62. Our standard way of producing good jobs is to do things in an inefficient and complex matter. Without our carefully-preserved complexities and inefficiencies in such areas as taxation and health insurance, many lawyers, accountants, managers, and others would have to find some other way to earn their living, and the economy, deprived of their purchasing power, would shrink.

    The health of our economy depends on a large number of disguised jobs programs. Much of our military spending is really jobs and profits programs. We make messes and then have to clean them up; if we prevented them, the cleanup jobs would disappear. If internet systems were designed from the outset for security, the internet security jobs and products would disappear. If we tried to trace and eliminate the causes of our epidemic of diabetes, many of the jobs and business opportunities involved in treating the disease would disappear. If we dealt with pollution and polluters at the source, the jobs and businesses that remediate the effects of pollution would shrink.

    Efficient ways of doing things are resisted by those whose jobs and businesses depend on inefficiency. As automation increases, the problem becomes ever worse.

    The free market does not eliminate these sorts of inefficiencies; instead, it thrives on them. We need to start thinking outside the box.

  63. Sometimes when one thinks one is thinking "outside the box" one only need think a wee bit more to discover one is thinking nothing at all or something that has been thought before. The fantasy of an efficiently engineered technocracy that would deliver all necessary human goods without human messes has been thought before. It stumbles, as do many similar fantasies of order, on its political prerequisite of some kind of enlightened despotism -- rule by a being or beings infinitely wise and infinitely just in determining human needs and allocating their satisfaction. Do I need to say that theocracy, fascism, autocracy, communism are none of them very "efficient" in the end? Messy, democratically regulated market economies do better.

  64. Aside from the public sector, the rest of the economy is basically subsistence.

  65. Whatever systems tyrants run tend to be narrow-minded and intolerant of diversity, be they public or private. Public systems can afford more diversity because the real objective is to feed multiplier effect into the rest of the economy, not profit.

  66. Shedding crocodile tears for the hard hit American working class or getting the G20 draft forcibly drop anti-protectionist resolve and climate commitment is one thing, while framing and implementing a meaningful job creation plan, that involves productivity improvement, innovation, and competitive advantage in a diversified and interconnected globalised world market economy is quite a different thing. But what to Trump who with the threatening state power at his command now can extract a positive nod even from the industry captains confronting the industrial woes on several fronts- productivity, labour, skill, and competition, likely to be aggravated in the Trumpiion drive for trade protectionism, border controls, and doing away with any regulations?

  67. It appears that the extreme right has control over D.T.
    His campaign promises of silly things such the wall, will be permitted by his controllers, but he will be under their control for the important changes. Starting with the SCOTUS appointment other federal judgeships, and tax policies,

  68. The Donald has demonstrated repeatedly that there is a wide gap between his campaign promises and his ability or actions to actually deliver. His campaign rhetoric was just empty words to win an election. His choices for high positions in his administration are dominated by billionaires and Wall Street Insiders, many from Goldman Sachs. Republican Congressmen and the far right of the party are very unlikely to embrace massive spending to put workers to work to rebuild infrastructure. That would raise Total Debt because Republicans are not about to create taxes that would be necessary to pay for the cost. And the Republican have been preaching cutting the debt for decades. Their agenda has always been tax cuts for the wealthy justified by the failed notion of trickle down economics which has been discredited starting with Reagan's presidency. Maybe I'm wrong, but I would have used my political capital to create jobs before dismantling the very popular ACA. If the Donald loses this contest he will not have the clout to push through the massive job program.

  69. It would help to stop referring to him as The Donald, which sounds too much like an affectionate pet name for someone who in reality is dangerous and destructive.

  70. While I don't like to give up on anyone, I am afraid that we have in Trump a good example of the unteachable. We were told time and again of his incredible self-absorption and his delusion that he knows everything and knows better than generals, administrators, diplomats, negotiators, that everyone in government is stupid. Under these conditions, what can we expect from him? We can only hope that Republicans will wake up and start blocking his crazier ideas or that, miraculously, voters will realize their mistake and bring about a balance in Congressional power. Otherwise, we are in for four years of chaos.

  71. We're in for four decades of screwed up federal jurisprudence. The empty bench seats to be filled now number 124, out of about 800.

  72. Trump IS unteachable, and the GOP will not wake up because they're in a "sweet spot" now, although that spot was known as collaboration in 1941 France. Unless and until the GOP spot becomes untenable (or, at the very worst, lethal) will anything be done. Sad but true.

  73. Frank:
    Trump is unteachable?
    It's more like the people that voted for him are unteachable and have been for a long time.

  74. Globally, America's laissez-faire capitalism/domination is breaking down; new models of growth are emerging and working with spectacular success.

    In the last two decades, several countries have produced rapid growth and gains for the middle class. Countries as diverse as China, Rwanda, Brasil, India (90 million), Nigeria (2nd fastest growing), Indonesia (world'a 4th largest!) are outpacing the US!

    It's time America discussed models with proven success, that will consolidate assistance, break the poverty cycle and strengthen the value and skills of the next generation! Deeply embedded economic myths crowd out innovation.

    Committed Democrats should break with traditional fights over taxes and debt. They should propose planning/training/operating models that reorganize economic relationships to share prosperity between the wealthy and the workers, find markets with sustainable growth, emphasize cooperation over competition, and use American core skills to return the US to the world’s number one economic engine and the global leader in quality of life.

    Rail is an industry in the midst of rapid, sustained global growth with little US presence, despite its skills match with American engineering (Fluor) heavy equipment precision manufacturing (GE), and financing (Citi, Goldman). Thousands of commuter and cargo miles are on track! We not only don’t make the train, we are being left behind at the station.

  75. China's middle class, with 112 million, is four times larger than the US, at 25.3 million. Guatemala is one number globally in middle class growth. (All figures here and above by Euromonitor International.)

  76. We are Americans, with a proud tradition of stubbornly refusing to learn from any one else. We are shortsighted, vain, and instead of learning from our Pioneer Spirit, abuse it religiously.

  77. Nigeria, an oil-fueled kleptocracy, is hardly a model of growth to emulate.

  78. Years ago the firm I worked for served two manufacturing clients that, through their opposite corporate strategies, provided insight into successful management. It happened that these two companies were in the same industry, so the comparison was not tainted by industry-level dynamics that might have overshadowed the impact of their strategic differences. One company, ironically majority-owned and managed by a former GOP administration commerce secretary, distributed most of its profits in the form of dividends. The other, owned and managed by the then-president of the industry trade association, opted to plow back most of its earnings into the company, and operated using the most modern equipment in the most modern plants. I don't think I need to say which company survives to this day, and which has been long bankrupt. My rhetorical question is this - which of these two does our nation, under the "leadership" of this administration and this congress, most resemble? I think we know the answer to that one. And I think we know all too well where it leads.

  79. Let me guess that the one that failed was publicly owned, perhaps by one or more hedge funds. The shareholders screamed nothing but "give us profits, as much and as soon as you can, or else ... as we control the board of directors, we can find a replacement CEO."

    The other company was probably privately owned by a family or , if publicly owned, its shareholders were in it for the long haul, like Berkshire Hathaway.

    I was in house counsel for the first type of company. A Fortune 100 financial behemoth, whose name you'd recognize. The drive for constant 15% yearly increases in profit caused them to cook the books. Not knowing anything about "high finance", I and my other lawyer colleagues couldn't imagine how the CEO accomplished this feat year after year, as we all thought he was an idiot and saw no real signs of growth. The whole thing collapsed in 2002 and the "book cooking" was revealed.

    Fortunately for me, in an effort to diversify my portfolio, I sold my stock and exercised all my stock options when the price of the stock was close to its peak. Many others had not learned the lesson of Enron and saw their nest eggs disappear as the stock price plummeted.

  80. “His jobs strategy, to the extent he has one, is full of switchbacks and detours, the destination nowhere in sight.“ The problem with this statement is that it assumes that Trump has a strategy intended to provide jobs. He made promises to provide jobs during the campaign and made threats to tax companies if they move jobs out of the country. Talk is cheap.

    His budget gives us the real story of his strategy or lack of strategy on jobs. It appears his jobs priority is focused on military-industrial complex, border patrol, and maybe we will need more lawyers fighting eminent domain land grabs for The Wall construction. Those jobs will come at the expense of jobs in green technologies, scientific and medical research, and cultural programs. His plan is not about creating more jobs, just emphasizing different jobs. We will have more jobs making nuclear weapons, and many fewer jobs in technologies to reduce air and water pollution.

    To understand Donald Trump’s thinking, it is important to remember his family business is selling an image. From his budget, it is fair to conclude that Trump’s strategy is about using military build-up, nuclear weapons, and immigration to create an image of U.S. Toughness with a capital T, presumably to make us more secure. To Donald Trump, environmental protection, and the arts project weakness. It will be up to House and Senate Republicans to tell Donald Trump that more nuclear weapons in his hands will not make us safe.

  81. Trump’s pursuit of a 21st Century mercantilism shows no signs of ending up with any better result of than the 16th Century versions that led to continuous wars to seize and protect economic advantage ultimately leading to World War II. Trump’s economic playbook with its underlying beggar thy neighbor and building huge military investments could have been taken directly from 17th century mercantilist treatises. It was the forced learning from the utter devastation of the resulting narrow nationalisms leading to World War II that let leadership emerge in the US, Europe, and Asia to create multinational trade and commerce agreements that have led, in spite small regional wars, to the most peaceful and prosperous 70 years in world history. The need for World War II as the attention getting catalyst to a world of peace and prosperity growing on a substrate of multinational agencies and agreements reminds of the farm legend about the requirement for a 2x4 in for training a mule. Why the 2x4? is the usual question. The answer: First you whack the mule with the 2x4 to get the mules attention. World War II was the 2x4.

    Trump’s recently announced budget priories, seemingly led by Steve Bannon, wants us to erase the hard-earned World War II lessons from memory. Instead, Bannon’s substitute, a catechism he titles deconstructing the administrative state, has more in keeping with the Inquisition vs. Galileo than any learning in the succeeding 500 years, much less since World War II.

  82. Bashing Trump is lots of fun, and I’m glad to see the people here are enjoying themselves.

    However, despite what many predicted a month or so ago, Trump has not yet turned into Hitler. In fact, he is trying to deal with what all presidents come to experience as the intransigence of other branches of government. If Trump were really as bad as people here claim, they wouldn’t be just complaining in an op-ed column. They would be secretly planning to do away with him. Those complaining here aren’t serious. Those who are serious are going about their business secretly.

    Also, I wouldn’t call Trump’s fear of the deep state paranoia. It was Eisenhower who warned us to beware of the industrial-military complex. That complex is in fact the deep state. Although Trump might not be dealing with it rationally, its existence is real and a real threat to democracy.

    Finally, I would predict that Trump will serve out this term and be reelected.

  83. This piece makes the error of taking Trump seriously. He is as ignorant as he is dishonest. He is merely throwing red meat to his supporters by attacking big government, remember, that thing Reagan convinced all the morons was making their lives worse, not better. It won't matter that it won't work, his followers will believe it is working, even when their lives get worse. And those who actually figure out that things are getting worse will believe Trump when he tells them it is the fault of the Democrats, especially that crafty Obama, who even after leaving office is still trying to sabotage him. Remember, this is the same paranoid maniac who still insists that Obama spied on him even after it became obvious (for most of us it was never even thought of as anything more than paranoia or another lie) to everyone who isn't a Breitbart aficionado that it never happened.

    Another detail this piece should have pointed out is that besides the job killing nature of Trump's budget proposal the jobs haven't disappeared for the reasons people commonly believe they have. Most of the job loss is due to increased efficiency, mostly through automation. This is the price one pays when they live in a capitalist economy. The name of the game is profit, not employ people. If these unemployed people are looking for someone who to help them for altruistic reasons they need to ask themselves who cares more, a government charged with serving its people or a corporation whose only motive is profit.

  84. Jeffrey Immelt said, “I built my career in a time when productivity, innovation and globalization were essential to success, the way to win.” Well, now you can build your success on polluting the air and water and sticking it to your workers by giving them lower salaries and being able to fire them any time you want to for any reason at all, while abandoning R&D and sticking with 19th century technology.

    Of course that means that China and Japan and Europe will take over all the sustainable energy development for the next 25 years, leaving them poised to dominate the post-carbon energy world we are headed for. But that's OK, because the 1% will do fine, they'll be able to afford to rebuild their coastal mansions on higher ground as the oceans rise.

  85. How JOB statistics they look depends on the eye of the beholder.

    Reagan enjoyed a high number of new jobs added (16M), Clinton even higher (23M), Bush 2 poor in comparison (2M), and Obama better than I expected possible (11M of which about 800K were in direct manufacturing). Also we ended up 2016 with a rather low 4.7% unemployment and importantly a market seeking skilled/educated workers.

    Still we lost about 300K direct manufacturing jobs net over the last 8 years affecting lower skilled citizens. More importantly only half of the 11M created jobs were high paying jobs.

    Worker inequality/innovation/environment are our existential challenges (not Mexico). It's an increasingly modern competitive independent global World. Instead of expecting it to bend to our parochial selfish needs we need to lead.

    On average a family needs about 3x more support than when I was young to make it firmly into Middle Class. The 1950/60's are gone – forever.

    Necessary as the help is the current abominations in DC will not provide it – helping is anathema to them.

    Reality: this “community” help will be periodically needed through life. Re-education will be ongoing, job shifts and unemployment frequent, mobility necessary, regulated worker protection essential, etc. Moreover only active government can support the risks of innovation and the structure to support startup.

    Worker/innovation centric we need to be. Good jobs will result. R's philosophy antithetical. We're doomed!

  86. This budget it is the monster child of Mick Mulvaney, the rabid director of the Office of Management and Budget. I seriously doubt that Trump's staff has burdened Trump with anything more that a 140-character overview of the new budget presented in his name.

    Mulvaney, a Republican from South Carolina, publicly identifies himself with the Tea Party. While in the House of Representatives, Mulvaney voted against a government-funding resolution in 2015 that would have prevented a government shutdown because it included funding for Planned Parenthood. Mulvaney said, "This is not about women's health. It’s about trafficking in pieces of dead children." That illustrates the sort of fanatic we are dealing with.

    Trump gives every appearance of being oblivious and cheerfully indifferent to the contents of 'his' new budget. He is the front man doing what he does best - hawking his fake miracle medicine to the rubes who voted for him. Meanwhile, he luxuriates in the radiant glow of unsurpassed power and unprecedented fame - a narcissist's dream come true.

  87. Why would anybody in another country buy our cars and trucks if they are not energy efficient?

    Why will US electric utilities build new coal-buring power plants when the cost of the electricity will be 218% to nearly 400% more expensive than natural gas?

    Why not promote renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal, and electric-powered vehicles for which we can literally be the world leader due to market power and our ability to advance the learning curve faster than competitors?

    Why deny climate change when the facts demonstrate the probability is high and the costs of not pursuing renewables have far higher costs than conversion?

    Why should we believe anything this ignorant fool in the White House says when he quotes nonsense from paid disinformers on TV and then doesn't comprehend that if he picked up his phone he would have free access to the global experts?

  88. We are the laughing stock of the world. Except our president causes genuine fearful laughter. What's he going to say, or worse, DO next? His electorate was sold a bill of goods by a charlatan who always been supreme at selling ephemera, useless entertainment to too many people who see the TV as gospel.

    We need to mandate that our candidates for POTUS undergo an evaluation by a team of psychiatric/psychologist specialists who can properly diagnose disorders of the mind. The candidates' fitness for the most important job on the planet would be determined by such diagnoses. I can think think of several presidents whose subsequent aberrant behaviour averted would have put the world in a far better place than it is now.

    'So-called' President Trump must be told that he has 2 choices: Resign gracefully (!) or be impeached. And within the next 6 months, if the world as we know it lasts that long.

    To avoid anything like this happening again, we must guarantee free universal education to every native-born citizen of the United States.

  89. This is a joke. Trump is already costing the country jobs: in tourism, which is suffering "Trump slump"; in hi-tech; science; higher education; innovation and all the rest of the areas on which the survival of a modern economy depends. Savage cuts in science research will lead to a brain drain to Europe and Asia. Recently I talked to an Indian computer scientist who is making six-figures in a highly innovative company. He was talking about moving back to India where he'll do the same job for the same company - except his taxes and his spending won't benefit the US any longer. Will any of Trump brain-dead voters qualify for his position? We are talking about people who are so lazy or so poorly educated that they refuse retraining programs and are willing to undermine the health of themselves and their neighbors just to get back dead-end, dirty coal-mining jobs. And when they are confronted with facts and figures, they scream and blame the "elites".

  90. "Talking doomsday nonsense"? The Editorial Board notes correctly that Trump's point of reference for full employment for industrial America was Rosie the Riveter and peak WWII wartime production of bombers instead of autos. But evidently the Editorial Board still has trouble taking Trump seriously, at his most ominous.

    Read Trump's budget. Is it also nonsense or does it make sense as crash preparation for war on a scale not seen since WWII? Everything is slashed, except the military and homeland security. The VA receives more money than it knows what to do with, unless Trump has in mind caring for a sudden influx of more wounded veterans. And Secretary Tillerson, after a mild initial speech, evidently has his chain yanked from the White House and pronounces that "political and diplomatic efforts" with North Korea have "failed." Would Trump lose if his belligerence provoked line-crossing belligerence by North Korea?

    "War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense. [...] The nation in wartime attains a uniformity of feeling, a hierarchy of values culminating at the undisputed apex of the State ideal. Other values such as artistic creation, knowledge, reason, beauty, the enhancement of life, are instantly and almost unanimously sacrificed." R. Bourne (1918)

  91. Yes, indeed, it's all "sizzle and no steak," regarding this administration and jobs. Something else happened this week that underlines why 45 isn't really interested in solving problems:
    The 45 incompetents are removing student debt protections implemented by the Obama administration by allowing collection agencies to charge higher fees and interest rates for defaulted student loans. This is the usual "conservative" answer to most problems: kick people when their down. Instead, if college graduates were given training and job opportunities (you know, by creating new jobs first) they would more likely pay their loans back. Instead, 45 policy is all about putting money in the pockets of the bottom-feeders and loan sharks rather than helping anyone.
    All one needs is to do is look closely at what this administration "dose" rather than what it says to see that they aren't serious about leadership. It's all about the money.

  92. Wars are fought on the battlefield but won by the strength of economies. The North won the Civil War and American was the instrument of victory in WW2 thanks to its economic might. One might even say, to paraphrase Von Clausewitz, "war is economics by other means".

    We find ourselves in a perverse situation. If our economy is successful - regardless if anything Trump does contributes to that success (and so far everything he has done is more economy destroying then building), he and rightwing theology will take the credit.

    The take away will be that dirty air, polluted waters, dangerous working conditions, toxic chemicals, consumer rip offs, and more tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of everyone else is good for the economy. Its certainly conceivable the economy will do well for a time - if for no other reason then by the foundation of 8 years of recovery under Obama.

    But in the end, all this has to come crashing down just as surely as Reagan's tax cuts did not pay for themselves, and Bush's economic policies (and war policies) left us with the Great Recession (how quickly we forget).

    Call it the 2nd fighting of the Civil War, if you will, and really the issues haven't changed: The right of states and the wealthy to enslave and exploit people versus the survival of the Union and government for the people.

    In this war, every dollar you don't spend is a bullet fired in the battle, and yes like every war there will be innocent casualties of victory.

  93. Trump swept into office on a platform based on fear, long on inaccurate rhetoric and short on specifics. He was clearly unprepared to take effective action, rather spending his nights Tweeting angry insults at every imagined slight, every imagined enemy, and picking one pointless fight after another like some petulant 3 year old. Trump may be the thinnest skinned person on the planet, with an astounding ability not to have one unexpressed thought.

    If he spent one tenth the time formulating actual approaches to providing decent jobs for Americans that he spends attacking windmills, he would have something solid of offer.

  94. Trump knows nothing nor cares about Jobs and what it will take to keep and bring good 21st century jobs to America. He does not understand the value of education. His Trump University was nothing but scam.

    Education and technical training is the best way to bring higher paying jobs to Americans. Manufacturing has gone robotic and technology has displaced millions of jobs that had employ the non educated. And that trend is steepening rapidly . The American work force is so educationally and technologically under-staffed that technology companies are forced to import foreign technological talent and expand in other countries where the labor force is has the large numbers of engineers, computer programmers and chip designers. Trump's promises to bring back the likes of coal mining jobs and assembly line workers ala Rosie is way out of date. His lack of interest for funding for education and technology training will steer us in a direction that will make America un-great for the first time .

    How about huge very beautiful programs to increase scholarships for young people to attend technology schools. Funds for elementary and high school technology training is an even better investment as the younger open mind is the best place to start. Or How about offering technological corporations federal funds to pay for new employee's salaries while they are being trained "in-house ". This kind investment with our tax dollars will help keep America Great .

  95. Expecting Mr. Trump to have a coherent jobs policy is folly. First, he would have to have a coherent policy on anything else which might serve as an example to extend to jobs policy. He does not. He wants more trade while adding border adjustment taxes. He says he adores and respects women while talking about grabbing genitalia and denying them equal pay and supporting a role for government as an arbiter of reproductive health care. He says he wants to increase infrastructure spending but mostly to support private developers of for-profit projects such as toll roads. He says he wants cheaper, better and universal health care but his "plan" supports a system which will put health and health care out of reach for more and more people.

    Incoherent, thy name is Trump.

  96. None of this should come as a surprise, should it? We elected a man whose greatest success was as a game show host - a man who wasn't really a businessman, he just played one on television. Trump inherited lots of money and real estate, so he went into the real estate business. He drove that business into the ground, and ruined a lot of lives in the process.

    Then he got smart: he became a 'brand,' selling the sizzle of success where there really is none. Other people build things: Donald Trump slaps his name on them and collects licensing fees.

    He is now all sizzle and very little steak as President. We are watching Chance the Gardner in the White House. He watches a lot of television, and apparently gets his greatest insights there. He gets up early and indiscriminately 'tweets' the rumors he has just seen on the glowing screen. Then a small army of sycophants try to dress this up as though something deeper and more significant were going on, but clearly, it is not.

    The man greets the public, flashes a smug smile, mugs for the camera, makes a few feeble attempts at humor, signs an order, and then retreats to watch more tv, get in a plane for golf at Mar a Lago and to play tycoon President in front of the $200k a head membership, who come for some of that sizzle.

    In the end, Trump talks a big game, but really has no clue how to play it. So mad ideologues like Steve Bannon, Paul Ryan and Mick Mulvaney freely run the show, living their fantasies.

    We're doomed.

  97. I still like David Graeber of "Debt: the First 5000 Years" fame and his analysis of "stupid jobs." There are lots of them. And analyses of jobs to the effect that more is good; less is bad. or high-value added is good; commodity sector bad is probably missing the point. There is a big, perhaps irrational system of economic incentives and production out there. It is truly global now, and if it is true our geologic era is a new one, the Anthropocene, and we've these many links to, and impacts on, non-human systems (climate for example, even ocean currents) that will affect our survival we had best think about production and employment along some new dimensions beyond more and less of a narrow economics mindset.

  98. Public sector tax payer funded jobs are certainly wheezing as vacancies are not being filled but the private sector is thriving and overall more jobs are being created since November than in a long time. Hopefully manufacturing will start thriving and defense and infrastructure related jobs will rise with greater investments. when the Trump budget passes. The best time to assess Trump's Jobs effort would be later this year. For now there is reason for optimism even though there is a shake up and reconfiguration in all sectors.

  99. You say "Public sector tax payer funded" jobs are wheezing, but Trump's budget will cause defense and infrastructure jobs to rise. What do you think those jobs are if not taxpayer funded?

    And if the private sector is thriving, it is no thanks to Trump but to Obama's policies.

  100. Since the President has done absolutely nothing to engender that job growth, literally nothing, I am baffled by your optimism. It seems about as well-founded as Trump's wiretapping allegations. Did you even read the editorial? There is nothing in the President's budget to address infrastructure or creation of jobs, apart from building a wall (which Congress is unlikely to fund) and military spending. Neither of which will serve the president's working class base.

  101. Any jobs report right now is the result of the last administration which Trump claims as his own. And, you are correct that the likelihood of his causing a war would create jobs, but do you want that cause/effect? Not me. Everything else he does indicates a falling off of positive impact.

  102. Trump's plan aligns very nicely with today's large company CEOs: short term gains, no vision for the future, tax cuts( money not reinvested but either distributed to the C-club or stock by-backs). What current traditional CEO would criticize Trump for these? Of course, there are some exceptions but they are very rare. While R&D budgets have stayed about the same in large companies, more of the money is being directed to short term incremental developments. Companies are stuck getting their big ideas elsewhere because they lost their explorer nature. Other countries will pick up the slack and with the US's anti-immigrant mindset, inventors and entrepreneurs will go elsewhere.

  103. Trump promised to bring manufacturing jobs back to America and restore "the rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation ..."

    A suitable reminder for Trump and his voters would be to erect large "Now Open For Business" signs in front every one of these many vacant tombstones. A suitable protest would be to march while holding "Make America Great — and Americans Employed" signs — never leaving until the new president brings those graveyards back to life. (Better pack a lunch — a big one.)

    Trump has made promises that can be easily corroborated by the facts.

    No need to resort to name-calling. Much better simply to keep score.

    Trump’s own promises if unmet will be a self-generated wrecking ball, but it's going to take time plus accurate score-keeping before the truth about his empty promises gains enough momentum.

    That wrecking ball is now in his court — and will be for the next four years.

  104. President Trump & his Cabinet are billionaires who have feverishly been working on their own personal tax cuts via repeal of ACA. Next they will arrange forgiveness and repatriation of their various companies offshore profits at pennies on the dollar. Then they will rewrite the tax code giving themselves another handsome tax cut. And Trumps budget? Rest assured, Trump's Government Sachs only has the interests of the top 1% corporate "job creators" in their sights. Jobs that provide a living wage? Not on your life! This group of parasites will increase income inequality so quickly and thoroughly that we may never, ever recover.

  105. Infrastructure jobs will never happen because the preparation for them has not and from all indications will never occur. The shortage of skilled workers has already restricted the building recovery. The wall may present the uptraining opportunity but the concrete may be better spent on the millions of miles of flyover roads and provide a wider national uplift to the economies of Trump supporters.

  106. Democrats are just shocked that Trump has done more for jobs since the election than Obama did in eight years. Trump has created a climate for business investment, corporate and consumer confidence. Of course he favors the private sector over public sector jobs. Washington hates that, but it's the job of government to support the private sector, not dominate it.

    Government programs will be cut. That's the unfortunate side effect of 8 years of Obama running wild with the Federal credit card. You can try to spin it whatever way you want, but Trump's supporters see him giving a darn about jobs and making an effort.

  107. Yep! And when the unemployment rate was cut by half during Obamas tenure - sad. And all those unfilled job openings out there. Total fail.

  108. Wait, so 30 some months of straight job gains in the private sector, and a decrease in public sector jobs following the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, with total obstruction from the Republicans was Obama not giving a darn about jobs?

    And Trump's 50ish days, and no signed bills or actual legislation is the creation of a climate for business investment?

    Really? I mean really? How do you square that with reality? How has anything Trump has done thus far actually created any kind of climate for business investment, other than to yell about business deals that were settled before he took office?

  109. Trump is a chaos of unclear ideas. The only jobs I feel certain he will create will be an increased need for emergency room personnel at the hospitals across the country when the new health care bill kicks in.

    His followers seem undaunted by facts. This may change however when they drive their family to the emergency room because they have no job and no insurance. Even then I think Trump and his Republican buddies will somehow blame it on the Democrats.

    There is at least one scenario he can't blame on anyone but himself. By the end of his presidency the total cost of flying him to Mar Lago to play golf could easily be in the hundreds of millions. Even his most die hard fans can see that simply be cutting out these pleasure trips he could have funded after school programs or job training programs or etc. etc.

  110. There is no plan, that's clear if nothing else is.

    Just the amateur thrashing around of incompetent "business leaders," a term we will come to see for the oxymoron it really is (most of us see it already).

    Cf. Tillerson's use of "imminent threat" to signal to the North Koreans they should probably release their nuclear arsenal immediately (the term is used in intelligence to refer to a target that will be taken out pre-emptively; you don't use that term without following it up with action.... at least, if you're competent in intelligence and diplomacy, and Tillerson is neither, so Kim Jong Un can take a deep breath now...).

    The real question of the moment and for this week is: has Comey uncovered a plot in Congress to, say, assassinate Trump? Is that why he only met with Democratic representatives of the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees?

    Or is it the plan to have the Chinese take over our infrastructure with Elaine Chao's help, by "privatizing it" and selling all the contracts to Chinese corporations, who are doing such a great job in Africa? Then the Communist Party can collect all the tolls, as well as the profits from Walmart.

    Fascinating; we will have to wait and see.

  111. When Henry Ford built the Willow Run plant, he built it in an "L" shape rather than a straight line to avoid having part of the plant cross into a county controlled by the Democratic Party. Of course the 90-degree bend in the middle of the assembly line contributed less than nothing to the plant's efficiency in reaching the goal of cranking out a B-26 bomber every hour to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. But it did help a powerful Republican express his own political convictions.

    And so it is with the Trump administration and today's GOP. Who cares if industrial policy or health care policy or tax policy or immigration policy makes any sense as long as we get to tweet about making America great again and tweak liberals in the process? Trump has no policies and he's willing to twist our government and our nation into a pretzel to feed his ego and fill his own pockets. When will the GOP recognize he's not even helping them and put a stop to this chaos?

  112. So when the oil glut is depleted and fuel efficient imports compete with American made gas guzzlers, which will American consumers choose? The American auto industry also need to be able to export its cars for sale to countries that require higher fuel efficiency. Should they forget about this market?

  113. As many assessor of the "Great Depression" have opined, the only thing that got the USA out of its economic doldrums, was World War II.

    And, as this massive conflict brought full employment to the USA then, President Trump might be considering using a similar "job's creating strategy" now.

    Hopefully, the Times Editorial Board will discuss this possibility in the near future.

  114. But after the last P38 Lightening came off the line - it was the after-war programs like the GI Bill that set the pace for decades of American growth, prosperity and economic primacy.

  115. This is what people said before we went into Iraq a second time- and the opposite was true.

  116. Donald Trump is not a serious person on an intellectual level. He navigates the world using fraud and illusion as his guides. A concept as deep as investment in American education, rather than building an idiotic southern border wall, for instance, is beyond his abilities of comprehension.

    Just enough voters in 2016 chose the path of simplistic, ideological nonsense over a rational approach to complex problems. Now, we all pay the price.

  117. The oldest tricks in the book, old in a biblical sense: promise a better after life, invoke the will of good (reinforced with various psychological and physical devises, according to time and culture), invoke the common good and jobs (as Chavez did to end up with a non working economy) and the needed and desperate will vote you. Even they are led to doom and deprive them of health access, to save some money to a few who worry about a long term they will never see. And even if the future is doomed by expenses in weaponry. It is the extreme of deception: exchange your health for mass destruction and Chinese style china walls. To top your program deregulate the financial industry, to make sure you have a financial crisis Republican the III.

  118. "Assuming that Mr. Trump is coachable" is the key line in this editorial.

    It appears that Mr. Trump is not coachable.

    Many people who have written about Trump say that, unless talking about himself, he has a very short attention span. It is not possible to comprehend how to improve the economy (or healthcare, or trade, or foreign relations, etc.) unless you can pay attention to a discussion of that topic long enough to be informed on the subject.

    Also, Mr. Trump shows no sign of being able to critically evaluate sources of information. Apparently, he places more weight in information and unproven conspiracy theories from right-wing websites than from the mainstream media, the CBO, the intelligence community, or anything else in the fact-based world.

    The inability to sort out what is and isn't a reliable source of information, combined with an inability to pay attention when new information is presented means that Mr. Trump has little if any capacity to comprehend the arguments presented in this editorial. It also explains why he appears not to understand the details of the new health care plan (or his surprise that healthcare is complicated - which is a hint that he didn't understand what was discussed at his meetings on healthcare).

  119. What a shame we have a 'bull in a china shop', destroying everything worth saving. As he continues to trample all decency left in the White House, the very people he promised to lead out of 'the carnage' (his?), will be the ones left holding the bag. Crooked lying Trump is a demagogue, whose empty promises are just that, garbage. Can't we see this "ugly american" as the opportunist he is, devoid of scruples, irresponsible, and extremely ignorant by design (as he does not want to learn, nor read, the reason of his incoherence). Having said that, we must give him one "compliment" (Ugh!!!): he has been able to distract us from his sneaky ways successfully thus far. But attacking the Press may be coming to an end, once we demonstrate his collusion with Russia (to successfully assault the WH); and when he is impeached to produce his tax returns (confirming his mafia-like connections and, likely, that he really is a crook).

  120. The brain dead nature of Trump's belief that rolling back environmental regulations and fuel economy standards with boost the fortunes of the American auto industry is made manifest by the fact that Trump's authority ends at the U.S. borders.

    Fuel guzzling, air fouling vehicles will still be banned elsewhere.

    His plan would be the end of U.S. automakers as players in the global market.

  121. What is a nation for but to protect its people. That of course is a fantasy. Since people organize themselves within existing nations and across existing nations as corporations, religions, etc. These groups exist to take care of themselves subverting nationhood through every means at there disposal for their own special tribal benefit. Examples, Rich vs Poor, Christian vs Muslim, Caucasion vs Asian, Global Corp vs Nation Interest.

  122. What we have so far from Trump is mindless self-serving bluster about creating jobs and infrastructure investment. These are in direct conflict with his draconian budget proposals.

    Has anyone done the cost-effectiveness math on his absurd southern border wall compared with what the same or even less resources devoted to other national needs would deliver?

    There is something for Trump to think about while spending lots of the taxpayer dollars at his resort in Florida.

  123. As the only economic entity with the power to coerce the flow of money, government is the basic driver of multiplier effect in mixed economies. The Republican Party is entirely unfit to manage a modern public sector.

  124. Think of regulations as protections. And thanks to the person who first said it. To illustrate, look at our regulated air over, say, Los Angeles. Then look at the unregulated air over Beijing. Any questions?

  125. Good advice, but Immelt is a clown prince whose butt was saved by Mr and Mrs Taxpayer. Ross has the energy of a slug, don't expect much from him. The rest (Kidlow, Cohn, Mnuchin et al) are just sycophants, naves, grifters and fools. Forget it, we are doomed to four years of incompetence and stagnation.

  126. The proposed cuts in federal spending along with fewer foreign visitors sure aren't going to help businesses, employment, or the economy.

  127. The whole collection of fatuous plutocrats in the US denies that taxation and spending is the fundamental engine of multiplier effect here.

  128. It's good to read this editorial's expose of Trump's "plans", but what would be much better is if his "plans" could be exposed as hollow and fallacious on the front page, not just in the opinion section, but in the NEWS section.

    For every lie he tells, for every fact he twists, there needs to be unflinching examination of his claims, and contrasting them with facts. He needs to be bludgeoned with the truth until his false bravado is beaten down and he exposed as the carnival huckster that he is. This is no time to be timid. Assert your heritage as the Fourth Estate and give voice to those who are being ignored by the oligarchy, led by the lead oligarch himself.

    Your opinions of Trump don't matter to him, but your fact-based reporting will. As John Adams said: "Facts are stubborn things: and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence".

  129. This editorial proceeds under the assumption that (a) Trump has ever had a coherent plan; and (b) Trump is interested in policy. All he focuses on is his message and in so doing he depends on the ignorance of the American voter.

  130. Trump may have said things about building roads and bridges, but the problem is it is hard to say whether he really believes in the things he says or plans to follow up on them.

    Remember, this is the man who kept talking about the border wall which will be paid by Mexico. Guess what? Trump is asking for $1.5 billion for the current fiscal year and another $2.6 billion for the 2018 budget year to build the wall. U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, are on the hook to fulfill Trump's promise.

    Trump's priorities so far have been the travel ban, deportation, border wall and repealing ACA. Job creatoin, it appears, is not on the top of the list.

  131. When you consider Jobs, just think about the job that he's don e, well not really. Sure he deported a few working moms, with small children left here, back to Mexico. But, what happened to all of those "Bad Hombres"?

    He claims credit for jobs, such as Kack Ma, that had been announced back in October. He's trying to browbeat corporate CEOs with huge tax cuts, tax holidays, the border tax and virtually instantaneous depreciations schedules. But excessive depreciations just shifts profits forward and, then there is no depreciation.

    Lastly, small businesses, which are ,more labor intensive, are the job creators.
    Large corporations use the additional profits for stock dividends, additional dividends and even higher executive pay and bonuses. What's left just goes into job-killing technology.

  132. Yeah, so Trump has lost track of his jobs and infrastructure plans and even does counterproductive things like removing environmental and health regulations. I don't think the majority of Americans expect anything from Trump and his stage performance. Mostly we are just sitting with crossed fingers that he'll trip and fall off the platform.

    Congress is another story: there are a few capable and imaginative people there. What's wrong with them? Can't muster enough of you to shame the grifters and grafters into useful action?

  133. President Trump evidently has no respect for the office of the Presidency and none for the person of the previous president. His every "wheezing" effort, not just with respect to jobs, but also in relation to all facets of socio-economic-political policy, demonstrates his unsuitability for that high office.

    Mr. Trump has moved on from "The Apprentice" to another tawdry "reality" TV show: "Disgrace the Nation."

  134. The problem with the industrial job training proposals is that, "the bucket's got a hole in it."
    What I mean by that is we have programmers and engineers working 'round the clock to kill those jobs.
    Take the example of motor vehicle operating. Our people, male and female, young and old, black and white, know how to drive. But "driving" jobs are under attack. We read daily about advances in driver-less vehicles. That technology will be all over us in another decade, or so. Many will be disconnected from their paychecks.
    3-D printing will have similar effects upon manufacturing. It'll be machin-u-facturing, all the way.
    So what is to be done?
    Well, many rural folk are adept at outdoor activities--hunting & fishing, tramping in the mud & snow. They cherish such activities...and as well there are many urban folk who would welcome an opportunity to learn and practice the dirty life. We need camp academies, like dude ranches, where adolescents can attend for extended periods to learn all that country stuff. And who's going to teach and baby-sit them?...Country folk, of course.
    And after the general population has developed an appetite for blood, mud and guts, we'll need an expanded network of lodges and resorts where city folk can get at it. More work for Ebeneezer, Homer and Nelly.

  135. Job one is to advocate for a revote of the November debacle. Trump is doomed but Pence is no improvement. The will of the people must find its way way back into our choice of government.

  136. One problem Americans have is their numbness to numbers. The words millions and billions actually have no meaning, because those numbers are so vast, it would be very difficult to get our heads around. Whether we are talking, money, distances to other planets or jobs, saying several million or billion sounds big, well, actually very big, but that's all.
    So when trump says that he will create millions of jobs, it might sound great, but the reality is, just another scam. The only millions that make any sense is the amount of money this administration will make for the trump family. Even I can get my head around that.

  137. Creating what kind of jobs making what? More stuff that is badly constructed and has to be thrown away. Endless plastic for the landfill? Remember when glass bottles were washed and refilled? (soft drinks. More highways to no where -- there are already plenty of those. More housing projects in the suburbs destroying the habitat of many creature. How about some though before develo0pment and many many buildings in many mnay cities should come down to make way for new ones. Or move people to Detroit or Canton -- solve the homeless crisis --0 there are many places with lots of empty and live-able real estate. (forget about jobs -- they are mostly in the service industry. People do not know history... and don't know how to make things or how things are made. I love the term leaner -- meaning fewer jobs.. and with Amazon things can be even leaner. Can we make things better? and with longer life spans.

  138. Stop expecting Trump to do anything to benefit the working class. He is nothing more than a bad game show host spouting barely coherent platitudes to dim crowds of people who don't know they are being taken for fools. While Trump continues to spew and tweet his nonsense, Bannon and Ryan are busy destroying the administrative state. You know, the administrative state whose purpose is to level the playing field and work for the majority rather than the 1%. Maybe when Social Security is sold off to Wall Street and Medicare is sold of to Anthem, Cigna, Humana, etc. his conned supporters will finally take notice, but I doubt that even then they will notice. Trump said he could shoot someday in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose a vote. Well, he's taken his voters out to 5th Avenue and has rhetorically shot them with his policies and proposals, and they don't seem to care.

  139. There is no need to say much other than that Trump is an utter fool. How long will we have to wait for the Republicans to disavow the Fool.

  140. In the old days we had vaudeville. Now we have Trumpville. A figure with foot-long shoes and pushing an xylophone from the theater wings used to be standard vaudeville show. Now we have a figure with a foot-long hairdo and pushing a twitter keyboard from the internet wings. The quality of the vaudeville entertainment from both figures is much the same. In the old days we could laugh enjoyably and go home; with the new Trumpville we can only weep and then weep some more.

  141. Trump should be attempting to prepare the American workforce for the next 50 years and not trying to sell them on the past 50 years.

  142. You didn’t really think Trump would do anything about creating jobs, did you? Up to this point, his chief interest in the working class has been (1) how to pay them as little as possible, and (2) how to cheat people out of what little he’s contractually obliged to pay them. He’s been cited for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act for refusing to pay the minimum wage and overtime. He’s been repeatedly sued for not paying workers and contractors. As of now, for example, he still owes $5 million for work on his new Washington hotel.
    So I hope nobody thought that President Tweet would help their job prospects. He’s just not interested.

  143. Trump is not coachable because he knows it all. He never apologizes because he never does anything wrong. When things go south it is someone else who screwed up.

    With just a little bit of luck our economy is resilient enough to stand the catastrophe that even a short Republican domination will cause. Unfortunately, the world will move on without us and it is going to be hard to play catch-up when your only tool is military force.

  144. I am surprised of the relatively low press cover of the WH budget that is the real meat behind so much talk. No need to be a nobel prize winner to understand that less education and training, less diplomacy, more war ships and more walls mean that the real plan is not to create jobs but to wage a global war and have a hord of lunatic followers view that as a patriotic act. I am anxiously waiting for mid 2018 and an 'unbeliveable' terror act that will be used by Trump and his clique to try 'take the oil' or 'stop China' or 'make America first' and take the whole humanity into hell. This man must be stopped now !

  145. Unfortunately, time has shown that Trump is not only "uncoachable," but has little interest in expanding his knowledge of economics, foreign relations and defense issues. As he has said on a number of occasions when he is asked for documentation of a particular claim, "I heard that." Usually that means that Bannon has whispered in his ear or he saw something on Fox News. He doesn't read anything longer than the first paragraph on a briefing paper, relying on others to read and explain. His "big league" promises to the jobless of Appalachia are already dying on the vine.

  146. As someone who was always strongly against Trump and the GOP in general, I am still astounded at just how bad he is turning out to be at this job. Trump really does seem to have no more depth than would any other game show host, completely lost without cue cards to set his direction.

  147. As President Trump is discovering, it is only laws that have any long term effect on American policy. What law is he going to pass that makes American corporations want to help the American poor.

  148. I keep thinking that the Donald's "promised jobs" are the ones left behind by the 11 million Mexicans who harvest our food, remodel our houses at affordable prices, babysit our kids, clean our office buildings, and take care of our old folks at home to avoid nursing homes, all at rock bottom prices. Who will do those jobs?

  149. Yeah, and the fox should guard that henhouse! Asking so-called American multinationals to give a damn about the American workforce as if they noticed that the same people are the American market is useless. These companies are looking to Asia and Africa as growth markets. They know we're maxed out. They are automating as fast as they can and figure they'll do the least amount of common good behavior they can get away with under government regulation. Our companies fail us - that is expected under capitalism, but our government and media fail us the worst, since we lack democracy.

  150. The lip service about stockholders is a farce. Management pays itself the profits now.

  151. A few comments. President Trump is "really, really smart and doesn't make mistakes." He doesn't need to listen to his cabinet and would not even have appointed one unless a vacant cabinet would have been too weird even for Kellyanne Conway and Shawn Spicer, who have to defend his daily lies and his daily nonsense. He still has hundreds if not thousands of sub-cabinet positions unfilled. His behavior is not going to change and we, the people and the press, are going to have to concentrate our efforts on the Congress and the courts. The US is in deep trouble, but they are our only hope. Let's stop wasting time trying to get Trump to listen to and do things that he is never going to do. I feel your pain, as a former president once said.

  152. Trump extends his middle finger at everyone every weekend when he takes his $4 million junket to his safe space at Mar a Lago. What a blatant waste that is.

    Trump has no care about anyone but himself.

  153. The $337 billion in ACA-related spending cuts should result in some 5-10 million people losing their jobs, and with their jobs, their health care. Does anyone know whether the Congressional Budget Office takes secondary and tertiary effects of budget cuts into account?

  154. The resume for leadership as national leader to bring back jobs:
    Created a fake university
    Trained people to do nothing at the fake university
    Charged high fees
    Created work for lawyers

  155. Why do republicans always frame their "innovations" as freedom when it's the opposite that always happens? We will be free to breathe pollution again as god intended, or have our public lands overrun and deforested by job-creators, who will then foul the waters and walk away. Just look at any coal mining operation in West Virginia where they leveled the mountains for proof. The old will be allowed to starve when Meals on Wheels is taken away for the West Virginian miners, and their kids can start working the mines earlier because they can't afford the private equity schools which will replace the once free (read socialist) public schools. Also, women will be free not to have abortions no matter what the medical condition, but you won't even know because your doctor won't be allowed to talk to you about it! They also won't be allowed to tell you about the dangers of having a loaded gun around children as they work to save either your life or the child who's been accidentally shot. And health insurance? Never fear! The mega insurance company whose CEO is a close confidant of the president will hook you up, as long as you meet all the proper credentials for care, like being under the age of 60 and never being ill. And thank god for that wall which is keeping all of the agricultural workers from harvesting the crops which Americans won't touch if they're not in a grocery store, and the biggest, baddest military ever assembled will keep us safely in our isolation bubble. Freedom!

  156. Trump amassed much of his fortune selling false promises and screwing over people who trusted him. His voters will slowly and painfully learn exactly what they voted for.

  157. The president is stuck in a 1970's time warp. His ideas are from Republicans of that era. It is a disgrace that his family and advisers do nothing to enlighten him about the world. I suspect they are rather happy he goes to Mar a Lago or his various rallies so they can act independently in their own self interest. We may as well have elected Kim and Kanye.

  158. Trump has clearly demonstrated he is not fit to be POTUS by stumbling on every front - ethics, foreign policy, jobs, healthcare, etc.etc. 4 years of this will be a disaster for the country. He needs to admit failure and resign. Otherwise he should be impeached.

  159. Has it occurred to anyone that the Trump budget is a tactic in a war on "entitlements?" That budget says to people that we need to spend more money on defense, with its profitable contracts, more money for veterans, which is always popular, and less on everything else.
    People begin to see what it might look like if everything else is slashed. The actual budget, if one is every passed, will look quite different, but people get side-tracked when their favorite programs are threatened.
    At some point, will Republicans throw out the assertion that Social Security and Medicare are the real problems? That is one of the central tenets of their political beliefs.
    The only answer is to take money away from rich old people and use it to solve the problems of the rest of the nation. Of course, people who are currently on the system will be exempt, they vote, but the programs themselves will be on the road to extinction. Is that what we really want and need?

  160. Infrastructure projects could boost manufacturing. Jobs are created by the supply chain for transportation projects - roads, bridges, train tracks. No political party addresses the mass transit problem we have in this country. How about some development of high speed trains between major cities. There are many opportunities for innovation to create manufacturing jobs in transportation alone. The automobile industry should not be the focus for creating jobs. Instead of a "redo" there needs to be an analysis of opportunities for the vision of America's future. It is also noteworthy that Republicans have been union-busting in all of the business sectors so when manufacturing workers are drooling for jobs, they need to be reminded of this. Republicans want to make America great again without unions, without regulations and without a vision of the future with clean air and water.

  161. I haven't seen much reporting or analysis on the extent to which Trump's "Make America Great Again" really means "Make America the 1950's Again." Trump and I were born in the same year. It's increasingly clear to me that his "vision" is for the way the U.S. was during our 1950's childhood -- or at least how it appears to him through the prism of an infantile nostalgia. The U.S. had in the 1950's the only advanced industrial economy in the world that WWII hadn't reduced to rubble. Much of the third world was pre-industrialized. We were, in short, the only game in town. Jobs were plentiful and globally we called the shots -- at least economically. So when this man-child gets up and tells us we're going to "win" again, we're going to "win so much we get sick of winning" -- this is really what he's talking about, this is the image (more a warm and fuzzy feeling) to which he's referring. The problem for this unread, uncurious, and unwell man is that the world, to put it mildly, has changed. Changed bigly. But he didn't notice nor wanted to. Now it's much too late to "school" him.

  162. The 1950s were actually a dreary and monotonous time of conformism, tract housing, the "organization man" and the "ugly American" with "duck and cover" as the icing on the cake.

  163. The question is how such an unschooled man became President. I think one day there will be another Trump-like candidate. He will be every bit as good a salesman, but he will much smarter and much more self-controlled. The new Trump will be an affable, intelligent Trump. He will be a veteran, a church-goer, a former college athlete. He will be a self-made man. The new Trump will know how to shut up the federal civil service, the courts and the media. And that will be the end of our democracy. One way to postpone this inevitability would be to make it a requirement that every child graduating high school have a detailed understanding of the U.S. Constitution. The required examination should be designed by educators from all points of the political spectrum. Of course the new Trump will quietly cancel this requirement. But perhaps such a requirement can buy us more time.

  164. Now should be a teaching moment to explain to everyone how the Electoral College denies the people an elected official who can tame the fractious states.

  165. The advice of seasoned corporate executives on sucessfully navigating and investing in the 21st century jobs cannot be boiled down to a single page with pictures that our executive can digest. It takes a deatiled, holistic understanding of global economics and trends to do that, and Trump simply will not invest the mental efforts required to learn.

  166. It's almost impossible to have a vision for anything with all those voices in your mind competing for only one mouth.

  167. We have solid proof that Trickle down economics does not work. The rich have gotten richen and we have more poor in this country. Top 1% keep there money they don't reinvest with their own money. Trump is a great example of that he takes tax breaks any other government hand out he can get.

  168. Trump seems unable or unwilling to tackle any improvements in the "system" of unfettered capitalism, simplistically talking about "bringing back jobs" in manufacturing and saying nothing about the likely worker income those job bring. Nothing in his bombast notes the inevitable evolution of manufacturing toward automation. When a worker's competition is a machine with A.I., that never has to take a break and surely won't join a union, "great salaries" is pure ephemera. The system has to evolve too. Worker co-ops that bring labor into the profit stream engages those with "jobs" in making manufacturing more efficient. Rather than pitting workers against automation, co-ops encourage them to use automation even more efficiently, and to train themselves to operate new technology at higher levels. After all, "co-op capitalist" workers share in the profits of their innovation. I am positive this sort of thinking - reducing the income gap and all - is just not in Pres Trump's field of vision.

  169. I've lost count by now of how many times I've asked (here and elsewhere) about those millions of jobs he promised.

    He promised the world to desperate people, and I am sincerely quite worried about what will happen when they realise they've been had, to say nothing of the fact that their meagre safety-nets are probably about to be gutted as well...

  170. I don't think they will realize. They are in a cognitive dissonance concrete vault with only the voice of Fox in their ears.

    Detoxing them would be impossible without some new 10-step program, and they won't admit that Trump isn't the greatest until they hit bottom.

  171. Mr. Trump is a showman first and a policy wonk last. He is the pure politician in that his entire focus is on his own image as savior. He has no interest in the workers who pinned their hopes on him and elected him. Lack of empathy for others is part of his narcissistic personality disorder. He is interested in job statistics only to the extent that they bolster his image. If he can get away with taking credit for what others have done, he will. And, as always, he will find others to blame for his failures.

  172. Trump's plan for good American jobs was the rebuilding of our infrastructure, or at least that's what he said. Like all his other pronouncements on the campaign trail and now, it turned out to be a lie. One can find the truth in his budget.

    I wouldn't call Trump's attempts at creating jobs for Americans "wheezing." It's a ruse meant to dupe voters. Trump's only plan lies in making his class of the top .01% wealthier than they already are.

  173. Trump's message to Merkel and the G20 = America first + fair trade.
    Every single job that Trump brings back, is one more than Obama ever brought back.
    That doesn't sound like wheezing to me, it feels like a breath of fresh air.

  174. Thanks for making my point about the ill and uninformed.