Last night, I spoke at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration. I was honored to be included with so many other candidates in celebrating the induction of Iowans who have been fighting to make their state a better place.
I listened carefully to what all the other candidates were saying. I heard a lot of attacks against Donald Trump, but not a lot of ideas on how to address the fundamental problems that got him elected.
The truth is that we automated away over 4 million manufacturing jobs in states across the US, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and the other swing states that Trump needed to win and did win. We’re in the middle of the biggest economic and technological shift in the history of the world – experts are calling it the Fourth Industrial Revolution – and our politicians are asleep at the wheel. As automation takes away more and more jobs at a faster and faster pace, our leaders are proposing 20th Century solutions to 21st Century problems.