Campaign 2016: Presidential candidates on jobs and economy

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

(WLNS) – Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been campaigning vigorously for the last few months and recently debated on the same stage.

When it comes to jobs and the economy both Clinton and Trump outlined their economic plans right here in Michigan earlier this year.

The goal of getting more people into the workforce they agree on.

How to get those people there, well, that’s where their ideas differ.

“The goals are the same between the candidates to have more jobs, good paying jobs and more jobs in the U.S.,” said Matt Grossman, director of Institute for Public Policy at MSU. “But I don’t think that the policy proposals are very similar.”

So which candidate has a better grasp on the economy?

Whose economic plan would get the *innovative* wheels turning in our country?

“All Hillary Clinton has to offer is the same,” exclaimed Trump. “More taxes, more regulations, more bureaucrats, more restrictions on American energy and on American production. Nothing would make our foreign adversaries happier then for our country to tax and regulate or companies and our jobs right out of existence. The one common feature of every Hillary Clinton idea is that it punishes you for working and doing business in the United States.”

To dissect Trump’s economic plan Grossmann says overall Trump is looking to make America great again by using policies that worked well in the past.

“The message has been that by reversing the policy of the past 30 or 40 years we can get to an economy of high paying, low education jobs. That means we don’t need to have many new policies just reverse what we have been doing.”

Clinton, on the other hand, is focusing more on higher education and childcare to get more Americans into the workforce.

She plans to do that by making college affordable. Also a paycheck so hard-working Americans won’t be penalized for taking a day off.

“Lots of Americans still don’t have insurance,” said Clinton. “They do, but it’s actually to expensive for them to use. So they toss back some Tylenol, they chug orange juice and hope that the cough or the virus goes away on it’s own. Lots of parents can’t afford childcare which, in many states costs as much as college tuition. So for millions of Moms and Dads, if they get sick there’s no back-up.”

Grossmann says the Democrats think education is the key to stimulate the economy. “On the Democratic side you’re seeing the message that we need to adapt to the future by having policies designed more for working woman and generating a more highly educated workforce.”

Since the beginning of the campaign season polls show the economy is a Number One issue for many voters.

Two very different candidates with two very different ways to get Americans back to work.

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