“We are committed to doing everything we can to build a full-employment economy, where everyone has a job that pays enough to raise a family and live in dignity with a sense of purpose.”
-Democratic Party Platform
Democrats are working to build an economy that strengthens our country and works for every American, not just those at the top. We are committed to helping all Americans meet the challenges of the 21st century by spurring job creation, rebuilding our infrastructure, investing in clean-energy technologies and small businesses, and making sure corporations, the wealthy, and Wall Street pay their fair share.
When President Obama took office in 2009, he inherited an economy in freefall, with huge deficits, skyrocketing health care costs, dwindling employment, and banking and housing markets on the brink of collapse. Working with the President, Democrats stabilized the financial system and helped to prevent a second Great Depression.
Since the depths of the recession, our economy has added more than 15 million private-sector jobs, and unemployment has fallen below 5% for the first time in nearly a decade.
Democrats have cut taxes for working families, provided help for small businesses and homeowners, and strengthened consumer protections. Despite Republican obstruction at almost every turn, Democrats have provided relief for hardworking Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Democrats reinstated fiscal responsibility in government spending and ensured that American taxpayers will never again be forced to bail out big banks.
We still have work to do, and Hillary Clinton and Democrats up and down the ticket are ready to move forward with a middle-class economics plan to continue to strengthen the economy and create jobs for American workers.
We want to guarantee that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed and that all working families can enjoy economic security. As president, Hillary Clinton has a plan to make sure that every American has a fair shot. In her first 100 days in office, she will pass a jobs plan that invests in infrastructure, research and technology, manufacturing, clean energy, and small businesses — the boldest investment in good-paying jobs since the Second World War.
By making debt-free college available to all Americans, cracking down on companies that ship profits and jobs overseas, fighting for equal pay and paid leave, and ensuring the wealthiest citizens and largest corporations pay their fair share, Hillary Clinton and Democrats will make certain we build an economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.