While running for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton has made job creation a centerpiece of her platform. She is attempting to brand herself as a champion for the middle class and a leader who would inspire “the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.’’
Her argument that she would put more Americans to work than Trump has focused on her time in the Senate, when she made an attempt at creating jobs in Upstate New York.
While in the Senate Clinton was unable to pass any of the big legislation she introduced to benefit the upstate economy. She then turned to smaller-scale projects, many of which fell flat.
The many jobs she promised never turned into anything, and others migrated to other states as she turned to her first presidential run, said former officials who worked with her in New York.
Eight years after Clinton’s Senate exit, there is little evidence that her economic development programs had any positive impact on employment in New York. According to jobs data, during her tenure growth in Upstate NY stagnated, and manufacturing jobs plunged nearly 25%
The non-partisan Public Policy Institute in Albany used U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information and reported that the region lost more than 31,000 payroll jobs between October 2001 and December 2006.
Clinton’s Senate record has rarely been examined in detail during this campaign cycle. Her campaign has crafted a jobs plan that even cites Clinton’s failed work in Upstate New York as a blueprint for a Clinton presidency.
If her plan didn’t work once already, why should the American people trust her this time? The entire U.S. economy is at play, not a portion of one state that she failed.