It was Make America Work Again night at the "Q" in Cleveland Tuesday.
Delegates there heard from a variety of voices, including Ben Carson, Donald Trump Junior, and the House Majority Leader, California Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who delivered a scathing assessment of the economy under President Obama.
Noticeably absent from the remarks yesterday: concrete details on what Donald Trump would do to create jobs and stimulate the economy.
For a look at how California would fare under a Trump administration, Take Two spoke to two guests:
- Bill Whalen, research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution
- Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano studies at UC Irvine
Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that he will grow jobs as president. On his website under the tab titled "the economy" he offers this video:
He references his tax plan. What is the Trump tax plan?
Whalen: He wants to lower rates, and he wants to reduce regulatory effects on the economy. It's very similar to Reaganomics of the 1980s in that regard.
Louis, Donald Trump Jr. referred to Hispanics in his remarks yesterday:
"[Democrats] gave us the worst immigration system in the world, one that imports immobility, one that drives down employment and wages for Hispanic Americans, for African Americans, and for everyone..." - Donald Trump Jr.
How would you describe Latino employment during the Obama presidency?
DeSipio: It's grown dramatically, as it has for all groups in US society. President Obama entered at the depths of the Great Recession and has seen a slow growth out of the Great Recession. Latino unemployment has dropped by over half in the Obama years.
Trump Jr. seems to be making the case that undocumented immigrants are making it harder for other minorities to grow economically. What does data tell us about the impact that undocumented workers have on the California economy?
DeSipio: The way that I would sum it up is to suggest that unauthorized labor compliments rather than substitutes for native-born labor, so it adds to the strength of the economy. Certainly, immigrants and unauthorized immigrants specifically have kept certain industries alive here in California. They create jobs and contribute to the state economy, and pay quite a bit in taxes... I'd also challenge Donald Trump Jr. in that unauthorized immigration has been the result of both Democratic and Republican administrations, in fact, the biggest growth was under President Bush.
If there's an undecided voter walking into this convention, do you think they'll walk away with a more positive outlook on the party under Donald Trump?
Whalen: We have to see what Trump does tomorrow night. If Trump gives a very good speech, if Trump makes sense on some policy issues, if Trump does not go off course and starts deviating into judges and ridiculous other side trips that he tends to take, he maybe gets a small boost. But I think we have to diminish the results of this convention in this regard.
This is an election that I think will be decided by two things: Number one: How these two do against each other in debates come October. They're going to go head to head 2, 3 times in October in debates. Let's see how they do. But the other thing I think that's going to drive this election is providence — I'm not referring to the small town in Rhode Island, but providence in terms of events beyond these candidates' control. Look at what shootings have done to the national debate in the last couple of week. Coups in Turkey and things like that.
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