Column: America needs a job creator as president

Ronna Romney McDaniel

‘You didn’t build that.” That’s the statement President Barack Obama infamously made in August 2012 which sums up the president’s feelings on how jobs are created in this economy.

President Obama’s economic policies rely on government, not job creators, to create jobs. Hillary Clinton took it a step further in 2014 when she said “don’t let anyone tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

Obama and Clinton have never run a business. They want to make government bureaucracy bigger instead of get out of the way of job creators.

This November, Michigan voters will have a choice. They can choose to continue the failed policies of Obama with Hillary Clinton, or they can put a job creator in a position to help the economy. Donald Trump is one such job creator.

Trump is not a politician. He is not a bureaucrat. He is not a government insider. What he lacks in government experience, he more than makes up for with his experience as a job creator in the private sector. Donald Trump is a highly successful businessman. He has grown his empire and personal brand into a multibillion dollar enterprise. He understands how to run a business, and he can bring that experience to Washington to fix the broken bureaucracy that plagues far too many Americans.

Michigan voters have faced this decision before.

During the dark days we faced in the Lost Decade, career politician Jennifer Granholm, a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, oversaw the loss of more than 800,000 jobs. Unemployment rose to more than 14 percent. Families were moving out by the minute.

Then, in 2010, against all odds, a businessman with no experience in government swooped in and won the Republican primary and went on to win the general election by an astounding margin. Since then, we’ve seen our unemployment rate drop to the lowest level in 15 years. The private sector, under a fairer tax code for both businesses and individuals, has added 450,000 private sector jobs. More than 2,000 burdensome regulations have been eliminated. More and better jobs are continually being created across Michigan. We’re seeing people coming home to Michigan for jobs and to be with their families. Personal income growth is growing at one of the fastest rates in the nation, and there’s a general sense of optimism about where our state is headed.

All of this happened under the leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder, a man with no government experience before 2011. A man who was best known for his success in the business world and as a job creator.

In Michigan, we have seen what someone bringing common sense solutions to the inefficient and ineffective world of government bureaucracy can do.

Now is the time to embrace the change that is so needed in Washington. It’s time Washington took a lesson from Michigan. It’s time we traded a stagnant national economy and underwhelming jobs reports for the vibrant economy of Michigan. We need to create a stronger economy, support our military and strengthen our national security. And Donald Trump can help accomplish that as president.

Ronna Romney McDaniel is chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.