Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t think American needs to be made great again.
He thinks it’s pretty great as is — and going to get even better.
“I am more optimistic about the position that America is in today than any time in my life,” he told a crowd of hundreds at Bucks County Community College on Oct. 7, 2016. Many more filled an over flow spot to watch the speech on a screen.
Biden was at the college to campaign for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary knows what has to be done,” he told the crowd. He referenced her economic plan, including its focus on cleaner energy and education.
Biden criticized Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s own tax plan, which will includes tax cuts that will reduce federal revenues by $9.5 trillion over the first ten years, according to the Tax Policy Center.
In order to not grow the deficit more, Trump’s plan requires large spending cuts, which Biden said would come from social security and medicare.
“He offers nothing to demonstrate he’s going to grow the economy,” Biden said.
Biden also slammed Trump’s praising of China. As he spoke, he grew heated, his voice getting louder. Occasionally he struck the podium to emphasize his points.
“The idea, the idea they can compete and own the 21st century compared to us is bizarre,” Biden said. “I’m so tired of hearing people run down America’s capacity, run down who we are, run down what we’re capable of.”
Biden went on to say that years ago people had warned of Japan’s rise and how that would hurt America. He referenced the European Union. In both cases, he said, America has not relinquished its place on the world’s economic stage.
“This is America,” he said. “We are who we are. We’re incredible people.”
He praised American innovation, specifically the start-up and venture capitalist culture of Silicon Valley. He also praised the country’s research universities and diversity, highlighting the positive impact immigrants have had on society.
Biden spoke highly of America’s economic future too.
“North America is the epicenter of energy and will be for the remainder of the century,” he told the crowd, talking later about the growth in the solar power industry.
He talked about the return of jobs to the United States from overseas as well.
“This generation of community college students, you’re going to continue to hear the word insourcing, not outsourcing,” he said.
Biden talked about the growth in reshoring, where businesses bring back jobs to America that previously were sent oversees to countries like China. The Reshoring Initiative (a non-profit devoted to help increase reshoring in American manufacturing businesses) released a report that has a net annual job loss due to offshoring at zero percent.
Biden went on to ding Chinese productivity, stating that “our workers are three times as productive as workers in Asia.” In fact, a 2015 report had Chinese labor rates at less than a tenth of that of U.S. workers.
“We’ve gone from economic crisis to recovery,” he said of the American economy. “We’re on the cusp of a resurgence like we haven’t seen since the end of WWII.”
In addition to taking aim at Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan and economic plans, Biden also took a moment to share what he had heard foreign leaders say about the Republican Presidential nominee.
“I have never, ever, ever, ever been in a situation where every single world leader I meet says ‘Trump’ – and this is no joke – ‘tell me it it’s not so!'” Biden said.
“Every single one… except Putin.”
Biden concluded his remarks by, once again, praising the American spirit.
“We never bend. We never bow. We always and only rebound.
“That’s who we are.”