Today, the Democratic Party adopted a platform that would drive many manufacturers out of business and many Americans out of their jobs. We hope this statement of party principles is not a signal that Sec. Clinton will follow the extreme voices in her party and copy a playbook that will punish, instead of empower, manufacturers in the United States.
Thankfully, the Democratic platform avoids the divisive attacks on individual liberty and equal opportunity that distracted the authors of the Republican Party platform. The Democrats also included workforce development and immigration policies that are reflected in our manufacturing policy agenda, “Competing to Win.”
On almost every other major manufacturing priority, however, the platform is out of touch with the reality of what manufacturing families are facing. On taxes, regulations, labor, energy and health care, the Democratic Party is not just advocating the continuation of many of President Obama’s antigrowth policies, but it is also doubling down on the belief that government, not the private sector, creates growth and prosperity.
On trade, the protectionist rhetoric is alarming. The failure to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership sells American workers short. Manufacturers in the United States can compete and win around the world—if we have a level playing field with access to the 95 percent of the world’s customers who live overseas.
As an industry, we recognize some positives in this platform. However, these positives are overwhelmed by one job-killing proposal after another.