For your children’s sake, you ought to vote for Hillary Clinton.
Elections tend to focus around economic issues and this year is no different — according to Pew Research, 84% of voters say economic issues are “very important” when deciding their vote (making it the most important factor in vote choice). Gallup similarly found that “the economy” and “employment and jobs” are two of the four most important issues for Republicans and Democrats this cycle. Voters want a candidate who will create jobs, both for current and future generations.
It’s for precisely the latter goal — creating well-paying jobs for our children — that voters should choose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
The economy today is very different than it was a half, or even a quarter, century ago. Twentieth century America saw manufacturing dominance with factories employing millions of workers with high wages and generous benefits. But in the last 20 years, those manufacturing jobs have been evaporating. They will not return, for one simple reason: Automation.
New factories are capital — not labor — intensive, meaning that production is done largely by machines rather than workers. This allows factories to increase productivity while keeping costs low, savings that are ultimately passed on to consumers. In other words, even if companies decide to move production back to the United States, there will not be a manufacturing jobs boom. It simply will not happen and anyone promising otherwise is immune to the economic reality of automated production. No comparisons can be made to manufacturing’s heyday because automation was at that point but a fantasy.
This is not a uniquely American phenomenon. Throughout the developed world, manufacturing employment has been steadily declining over the past 40 years.
In fact, as a country gets richer, manufacturing’s share of national employment tends to drop rather sharply. This is true across the world.
With manufacturing’s steady (and largely irreversible) decline, economic salience increases as voters wonder whether, where, and how their children will find employment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), among the jobs seeing the greatest increase in demand between 2014 and 2024, and thus those likeliest to employ our children, are:
- Registered nurses, 16% increase, median wage of $67,490
- General and operational managers, 7.1% increase, median wage of $97,730
- Accountant and auditors, 10.7% increase, $67,190 median wage
- Software developers, applications, 18.8% increase, $98,260 median wage
- Computer systems analysts, 20.9% increase, $85,800 median wage
- Management analysts, 13.6% increase, $81,320 median wage
- Market research analysts, 18.6% increase, $62,150 median wage
What do these jobs have in common? They all require a college degree. That is no surprise: According to the BLS, those with a college degree have exceptionally low unemployment rates and earn wages well above the American median. As the economy continues to specialize, requiring specialized skills and education, this gap will likely continue to grow.
To ensure your child will find a job, you must vote for the candidate that will make college accessible and affordable to all.
Donald Trump’s website doesn’t mention education. He has no plan for college affordability and his given no indication that he’s willing or able to help families give their children a world-class education.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has outlined and detailed a plan that would allow all students coming from families earning less than $125,000 a year. Under her proposal, 80% of all students would attend college for free. Furthermore, no taxes would be raised on middle- or working-class families in order to pay for near-universal college.
College is necessary to thrive in the new-age economy. With a degree comes very low levels of unemployment (ie, very good chances of finding a job) and high wages. Only Hillary Clinton will help students get the education they need to thrive in the 21st Century.
Put your Children First and vote for Hillary Clinton this November.