In addition to small business, the other bright spot in our economy are our exports, which are estimated to be growing at over 7%. I'll expand markets for our goods and services. 25% of all the jobs in this country are linked to world trade. In five states alone-Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and believe it or not, Colorado - over 5 million jobs depend on open markets. My opponent believes America would be better off by refusing opportunities to sell in growing foreign markets. But protectionism not only puts a hidden tax on almost everything you buy, but it undermines American competitiveness and cost jobs. 95% of the world's consumers live outside of the United States. Our future prosperity depends on opening more of these markets, not closing them. Five years ago, the outdoor footware company Crocs was started by a couple of entrepreneurs with a great idea, ingenuity and drive. This former small business now employs 600 people in Colorado alone and sells over 50% of its products in 90 countries around the world. Building barriers to Crocs or any American company's access to foreign markets will have a devastating effect on our economy and jobs and the prosperity of American families.
Crocs (which are probably what your children are wearing right this moment) seem to be a perennial favorite when GOP presidential candidates come to Colorado and need to call out a Great American Company[..]
Once again, they either have incompetent fact-checkers, or they're lazy, or they're just plain lying.
Truth be told: Crocs weren't invented by "a couple of entreprenuers" in Colorado, let alone by Duke Hansen.They weren't even invented in America. They were invented in that Great Frozen Socialist Paradise to the north. You read that right: ugly neon-hued foam shoes are another diabolical innovation for which we can Blame Canada.
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The company that invented them was subsequently bought by Hansen and two other aforementioned Colorado entrepreneurs, who added the cute name and the marketing gloss. But the shoes are still made abroad -- in Quebec, where the employees come pre-equipped with their own health insurance. Or at least, they were until recently: in April, the company announced that 270 jobs at the Quebec City plant would be moved to a new plant in Mexico. Rumors abound that the entire Canadian operation may soon close, and all manufacturing will move south.
In other words: it's another Great American Business that does most of its business elsewhere. Six hundred US jobs is a fine thing -- but it would be many, many more if they were actually made here, too. [..]
In other words: it's a Great American Business that's run by Republicans, who are evidently getting everything their generous donations to the GOP paid for: presidential puffery, low taxes -- and a tanking economy that's left fewer and fewer families in a position to pay $35 for a pair of kids' shoes.