We are facing an economic crisis in this country. The way President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders tell it, we are facing an invasion and an exodus all at the same time. President Trump’s biggest fear is the shuttering of factories who take their products and jobs with them. President Trump on many occasions has reiterated the falsehood that America’s manufacturing is on the decline arguing that “we don’t make anything anymore.” This, of course, is not true. Manufacturing output continues to reach record highs every year. Senator Sanders, on the other hand, is worried about the exact opposite problem. His concern is more on who is coming in than who is going out.
Bernie Sanders argued on the campaign trail that corporations were working to bring cheap labor into the United States to boost their bottom line and screw American workers. Back in 2015, while laying out his immigration policy, Bernie Sanders speculated that, “what I think they [wall street and corporate America] are interested in is seeing a process by which we can bring low-wage labor of all levels into this country to depress wages for Americans, and I strongly disagree with that.”
It’s great to see that fear mongering can bring out the bipartisanship so rarely seen in Washington.
Trump and Sander’s are right. America is in a crisis. It’s just not the crisis they imagine.