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Courting the Midwest voters who proved pivotal in his election win, Donald Trump has consistently reiterated his campaign promise to rebuild America’s infrastructure and protect domestic jobs. " We will have two simple rules when it comes to this massive rebuilding effort,” he told a thank-you rally in December. “Buy American and hire American.”
Within days, though, House Republicans -- under pressure from lobbyists for foreign companies -- had killed legislation that directed government infrastructure contracts to American manufacturing companies.
The Government Accountability Office issued a report last month showing that compared to 57 of its trading partners covered by procurement agreements, the United States is opening up far more of its government spending to foreign contractors. In all, the report found that the United States opened up $837 billion of its government spending to foreign contractors, while its next five largest trading partners opened up less than half that amount to U.S. contractors. Percentage-wise, the U.S. federal government opened up 80 percent of its procurement to foreign contractors
We're bleeding out money to foreign businesses instead of using that money here. Our money!! We may as well just burn it for all the good it's doing us.
originally posted by: WeRpeons
a reply to: mOjOm
I'm not a Trump fan, but like you there are some things I can agree with. Trump said he wanted to end lobbying, so now is a better time than ever to do that. Another thing I've said I could agree with is term limits. Both of these issues would go a long way in taking away power, money and influence out of Washington. Too many of our representatives are self-serving and they could care less about the needs of their constituents.
"Drain the swamp," that's another issue I can agree with.
originally posted by: SBMcG
originally posted by: darkbake
Very well articulated, what you say makes sense as far as I know.
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: GreyScale
Well, that sounds nice but I don't see that in Trump.
I think we actually missed our chance at having a government that represented the people when we allowed Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders fail to get elected.
Both parties can only produce Establishment Robots who serve a certain agenda that only hurts the average person.
The only way I saw any hope for the poor and middle class was from Ron or Bernie. Ron because he hated certain elements of the Government so much that by destroying them had the side effect of most likely benefiting everyone else. Bernie because he literally is trying to look out for the little guy. Both were attacking the same evil from different directions.