Donna Shalala on the Issues
Serious and complex problems deserve more than bluster and threats from President Trump, they require experienced leadership that seeks to implement intelligent solutions. There is nothing we can’t solve if we get over the partisan squabbling, focus on the real issues and put the well-being of people first.
JOBS AND THE ECONOMY
Today, for too many working families, the American dream is slipping away. Low wage jobs, wage stagnation and high health care cost have forced many people to work harder than ever, not to get ahead but just to survive.
Secretary Shalala will fight to build an economy that invests in people, not in tax cuts for the wealthy. Smart, strategic investments that include an education system that prepares our children for the jobs and industries of the future; building a strong local infrastructure of roads, bridges, mass transit options, airports and seaports that allows the movement of people and goods throughout our region and investments in a social safety net that allows everyone in our society to enjoy a decent minimum standard of living.
She will support efforts to diversify the local economy to attract entrepreneurship and grow new businesses in high-tech, international commerce and other industries that can capitalize on Miami’s unique strengths and geographic location. We need to work on making existing jobs stronger for day care workers, nursing home employees, hotel housekeeping staff, maintenance crews and home health aides, just to name a few. As a nation we can do better. It is not enough to just create more jobs, we need better jobs with higher wages, jobs that can deliver affordable health care, retirement plans you can count on and a genuine sense of prosperity and security for American workers and their families.