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Donald Trump on Jobs

2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President

  
 


Don't raise minimum wage; it makes us non-competitive

Q: Picketers have gathered demanding an immediate hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Are you sympathetic to the protesters?

DONALD TRUMP: I can't be. We are a country that is being beaten on every front economically & militarily. There is nothing that we do now to win. We don't win anymore. [If our] wages are too high, we're not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum. But we can not do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can't do it.

Q: So do not raise the minimum wage?

TRUMP: I would not do it.

CARSON: Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases.

MARCO RUBIO: If I thought that raising the minimum wage was the best way to help people increase their pay, I would be all for it, but it isn't. If you raise the minimum wage, you're going to make people more expensive than a machine.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

I have relevant experience by creating jobs and assets

I've created tens of thousands of jobs and a great company. It's a company I'm very proud of. Some of the most iconic assets anywhere in the world. I don't have to give you a website because I'm self-funding my campaign. I'm putting up my own money. I want to make our country greater than it's ever been. I think we have that potential. We cannot lose this election.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

Don't raise minimum wage, but create more opportunities

Q: What is a fair living wage?

TRUMP: I want to keep the minimum wage pretty much where it is right now. Because of the fact that we have a country that is now competing more than ever before because of airplanes, and transportation, and the internet. If we raise it we're not going to be able to compete with the rest of the world. What I do want to do is bring in jobs so much so that people don't have to live on minimum wage. But we are going to have to compete with the rest of the world.

Source: Meet the Press 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 16, 2015

Take jobs back from foreign countries to lower unemployment

My policy is going to be something that's going to set the country back right. I mean, one of the big things is we have to take back jobs from China.

We have to take back jobs from Japan, and Vietnam, and Mexico, and virtually everybody that's taking our jobs and ruining our manufacturing base. And we have to put people to work. Because the real unemployment number is probably 21%. People give up looking for jobs. And they no longer become a statistic. And it's very unfair. So we have to put our country back to work. We have to get great jobs for people and good paying jobs for people. And we're going to be just fine.

Source: Meet the Press 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 2, 2015

Real unemployment rate is 20%; don't believe 5.6%

Last quarter, it was just announced our gross domestic product--a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Whoever heard of this? It's never below zero.

Our labor participation rate was the worst since 1978. But think of it, GDP below zero, horrible labor participation rate. Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18% to 20%. Don't believe the 5.6%. The real number is anywhere from 18% to maybe even 21%, and nobody talks about it, because it's a statistic that's full of nonsense.

Source: 2015 announcement speeches of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 16, 2015

Raising business tax causes businesses to move jobs overseas

People are smart. They know you can't be "for" jobs but against those who create them. It doesn't work. All raising taxes on businesses does is force business owners to lay off employees they can no longer afford. It also drives up prices, encourages businessmen and women to move their businesses (and their jobs) to other countries that have far lower tax rates and regulatory costs, and sends people scrambling for tax shelters. Obama appears surprisingly clueless about how easy it is now for anyone to outsource jobs to foreign workers with just the click of a mouse. On our broadband, high-speed Internet world, the old brick-and-mortar barriers of business have vanished. That me
Source: Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump, p. 54 , Dec 5, 2011

Unions fight for pay; managers fight for less; consumers win

It’s probably more refreshing to deal with the Teamsters than the AFT or NEA. At least the leaders of the Teamsters don’t blow smoke. The construction unions I deal with want more in the pay envelope for their rank and file. That’s what they tell you every time you sit down at the table. You can respect that-even as you push back to cut the best deal from your perspective. That’s the American way.

What we all want is monopoly-dominance in our chosen line of work that allows us to call the tune. No one really wants to compete-they have to in order to survive. Everyone pursues monopoly, the system prevents it, and the results is the world’s most competition-intensive economy. Who wins? Consumers do. They get more choice and more quality at lower cost.

Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p. 78-79 , Jul 2, 2000

Foreign companies are taking jobs from US

Trump said he wasn’t surprised by the violence this week at the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle. Protesters there accused the global organization of considering only the needs of giant multinational corporations at the expense of protecting the environment and worker rights. “I’m not so sure that anybody can dispute what’s happening in Seattle,” Trump said. “Jobs are going left and right. Foreign companies are ripping off the United States like never before.”
Source: Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press , Dec 2, 1999

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