Last week, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue delivered his State of American Business address. He spoke of the challenges and opportunities that businesses in the United States see on a daily basis, and he touched on a range of important policy issues. But he also brought up an important political concern: the type of troubling rhetoric we’re hearing in this year’s political campaign.
He observed, “[T]here are voices—sometimes very loud voices—who talk about walling off America from talent and trade and who are attacking whole groups of people based not on their conduct but on their ethnicity or religion.”
Like Tom, manufacturers find this divisive rhetoric extraordinarily concerning. The NAM rejects any rhetoric that takes the focus away from the real fight—for solutions that will help working families and job creators achieve a better future, rather than failed policies that hold us back.
Today, 45 million Americans live in poverty, and many are underemployed. We have so many problems to tackle, but the answers won’t come from divisive politics. Instead, we need to unite for a better course. Raising the standard of living will come from strengthening free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity and securing manufacturing in the United States.
The NAM, with our get-out-the-vote efforts, Election Center, coalition building and campaigning across America, continues to move beyond political theatrics. While the NAM does not endorse candidates, we are redoubling our election efforts to create and promote a strategy for our country to win and grow jobs. We want to break down every barrier to opportunity and ensure a better life for everyone.