by Roger Victory
As a business owner and farmer I have seen firsthand how impactful the presidential administration can be to both large corporations and small business owners. In Michigan, we pride ourselves on contributing to two honorable industries; agriculture and manufacturing; both of which would be negatively impacted if former Vice President Joe Biden were to occupy the Oval Office.
Biden wants us to believe he is the candidate that can fix America, despite the fact he has spent more time in politics than any other major-party presidential nominee, nearly a half century. In that time he was unable to achieve the success he so quickly is promising. Biden uses his ‘experience’ as a foundation for his campaign, continuously referring to his past accomplishments rather than focusing on the current and future demands and realities of America. In theory this strategy could work if the former Vice President had a successful track record to go off of; unfortunately for hard working Americans, he does not.
Under the Obama-Biden Administration, American manufacturing lost more than 192,000 good-paying jobs. As Vice President, Biden never saw a month of job creation that topped 540,000. Comparatively, in the last three months alone, the United States has added 623,000 manufacturing jobs and 4.2 million jobs overall under the Trump administration.
In addition to positive manufacturing impacts, the Trump administration has also contributed greatly to America’s, and Michigan’s, agriculture industry. Trump championed the creation and implementation of the recent United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). This comes at a critical time for farmers who are trying to recover from the economic impacts from multiple seasons of extreme flooding compounded by complications from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under USMCA, there is an anticipated $2 billion annual increase in U.S. agricultural exports and an overall increase of $65 billion in gross domestic product. Canada will also increase quotas on U.S. dairy products, benefitting American dairy farmers by $242 million. The USMCA will create more balanced trade which in turn supports higher-paying jobs for Americans. This agreement is not only vital for America but Michigan specifically, who produces 75% of the U.S.’s tart cherries, ranks 5th in milk production for the United States and is one of the country’s leading asparagus producers. Despite the overwhelming benefits of the USMCA, Harris, Biden’s pick for Vice President, voted AGAINST the new trade agreement. American jobs and agriculture trade will not be championed by a Biden administration, that much is clear.
The USMCA is just one of the many positive changes made under the Trump Administration to help secure America’s food supply and support American farming families. We owe it to the hardworking people of Michigan and the entire United States to ensure that their voices will always be heard and that we continue to support and expand our agricultural and manufacturing industries.
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Roger Victory is a Republican politician from Michigan currently serving in the Michigan Senate, representing the 30th district since 2019.
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