August 8, 2016

As Clinton Promises Job Creation, Her Record Is Completely Devoid Of Results

Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Florida today, trying to promote her campaign promises on job creation. Her campaign said today that Clinton’s plans would “make the largest investment in job creation since World War II.” This is a bold pledge that deserves scrutiny.

The one major experience Clinton has with attempting to create jobs comes not in the private sector, but as the junior Senator from New York. Unsurprisingly for a candidate with no business experience, a new Washington Post investigation has shown that for all Clinton’s campaign pledges to create jobs for Upstate New York, the results were unimpressive.

According to the Washington Post, there is “little evidence” that Clinton’s work to create jobs for the region had any positive result:

“But nearly eight years after Clinton’s Senate exit, there is little evidence that her economic development programs had a substantial impact on upstate employment. Despite Clinton’s efforts, upstate job growth stagnated overall during her tenure, with manufacturing jobs plunging nearly 25 percent, according to jobs data.”

Furthermore, Clinton was ineffective in the Senate at passing the “big-ticket” legislative solutions that she now promises as President:

“The former first lady was unable to pass the big-ticket legislation she introduced to benefit the upstate economy. She turned to smaller-scale projects, but some of those fell flat after initial glowing headlines, a Washington Post review shows. Many promised jobs never materialized and others migrated to other states as she turned to her first presidential run, said former officials who worked with her in New York.”

Clinton introduced seven Senate bills to help the New York economy, and went 0-7 in getting them passed through the Senate.

Perhaps most damaging for Clinton is that her efforts as a Senator were marked by the same cronyism that has gotten her into so much hot water this year:

“Clinton’s self-styled role as economic promoter also showcases an operating style that has come to define the political and money-making machine known to some critics of the former first couple as Clinton Inc. Some of her pet economic projects involved loyal campaign contributors, who also supported the Clinton Foundation, The Post review shows.”

When Florida voters hear Clinton talk about how she will help out their communities this week, her failed record as a Senator shows that’s all they’re going to end up with, talk.