If you’ve been anywhere near a television or on the internet lately, you know that coverage of the 2016 United States Presidential Election coverage is kicking into high gear. It seems like everywhere you turn the election is dominating headlines. While the coverage itself can be polarizing, there are universal issues that members of every political party can agree are important. The issue of the economy and American jobs have dominated both Presidential debates. Despite the divisive nature of this year’s election, all Americans can agree on the importance of creating American jobs.
While the constant media coverage of the election makes it seem like Americans are having trouble finding common ground, members of both parties agree that the economy is the most important issue in this election. According to a Pew Research Poll, “Overall, 84% of registered voters say that the issue of the economy will be very important to them in making their decision about who to vote for in the 2016 presidential election.”
Both parties agree that creating jobs is vitally important to a thriving economy. However, despite calls for a revitalization of the American manufacturing sector, the industry continues to sputter. Yet, the importance of the American manufacturing industry cannot be understated. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “The role of the manufacturing sector in the U.S. economy is more prominent than is suggested solely by its output or number of workers. It is a cornerstone of innovation in our economy: manufacturing firms fund most domestic corporate research and development (R&D), and the resulting innovations and productivity growth improve our standard of living. Manufacturing also drives U.S. exports and is crucial for a strong national defense.” Investing in American manufacturing creates jobs and helps bolster the United States’ status as a global leader in innovation.
The automotive industry plays a vitally important role in the strength of both the manufacturing industry and the economy at large. Despite its important role, automotive manufacturing jobs continue to leave the United States. According to U.S. News and World Report, “A growing number of cars are being built in Mexico as massive auto factories sprout up across the country.” Increasingly, American jobs are moving from the United States to other countries. For a manufacturing renaissance to be possible, automakers need to make a commitment to American manufacturing, which will save as well as create American jobs in the process.
Americans from every political ideology will find antagonistic issues to argue about this Presidential election season, but when it comes to the topic of job creation and American manufacturing, there is no room for debate. The creation of American manufacturing jobs can have a major positive impact on the economy, as well as encourage American innovation.