Jeb Bush Outlines Economic Plans In Detroit Speech

| by Edward Arnold

Since announcing he is considering a run for president, former governor Jeb Bush made his first major speech in Detroit on Wednesday.

Speaking to the Detroit Economic Club, Bush outlined his economic plans that will focus on the millions of people who haven't felt the recent economic growth.

"The recovery has been everywhere but in American paychecks,” he said. “The American Dream has become a mirage for far too many.”

Bush continued to explain the “opportunity gap” that hasn't been solved by President Obama's economic recovery. He denounced welfare programs and taxes as ways to improve the economy.

"How do we recapture the prosperity and opportunity that once defined cities like Detroit," he asked the crowd. "How do we restore America's faith in the moral promise of our great nation that any child born today can reach further than their parents? This is an urgent issue: Far too many Americans live on the edge of economic ruin."

Yet, as the New York Times writes, Jeb offered few solutions to the economic problems he described. He did not release any specific economic policy and avoided detailing particular solutions.

On immigration and education, Bush did say that he wants to integrate immigrants into American society and transform education into a business priority. He also explained how reforming the government can enact change that is desperately needed.

“We make multi-billion dollar infrastructure decisions based on a labor law written in 1921,” he said. “President Obama proposes making rules on the internet using laws written in the 1930s. We regulate global airlines using laws written for railroads. Our immigration laws were written half a century ago. Government policy seems frozen, incapable, and fearful of change.”

Given that it was Bush's first major speech since leaving office in 2007, he was a little rusty. But once he answered a couple questions, Bush was confident and much more appealing. When ask about the possible pitfall of being a Bush, he explained that he needs to create his own identity, separate from his father and brother.

“If I have any degree of self-awareness, this would be the place where it might want to be applied,” he said. “If I was to go beyond the consideration of running I would have to deal with this and turn this fact into an opportunity to share who I am, to connect on a human level with people.”

"I know for a fact that if I'm going to beyond the consideration then I'm going to have to do it on my own," he added. 

Sources: New York Times (2), Washington Post / Photo Credit: Christian Science Monitor