Trump: ‘America is a Nation of Builders’

Filed in Capitol Hill by on January 31, 2018 6 Comments

President Trump delivers his State of the Union address. Photo courtesy NBC News.

President Trump declared that “America is a nation of builders” in his State of the Union address last night.

The president also said that “we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in the history of our country.”

He further added: “As tax cuts create new jobs, let’s invest in workforce development and let’s invest in job training, which we need so badly. Let’s open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.”

NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, who was on Capitol Hill yesterday evening to attend the address to the nation, issued the following statement after Trump spoke:

“President Trump said ‘America is a nation of builders,’ and the nation’s home builders wholeheartedly agree. The president knows that housing and homeownership are critical to a strong and prosperous nation. We commend him for working tirelessly to reduce unnecessary regulations that hurt small business owners and impede a more robust housing recovery. And we strongly support the president’s call for more vocational schools to train young workers and prepare them for careers in the construction trades and other industries.

“Moreover, the landmark tax reform law championed by President Trump will keep housing and the economy moving forward and put more money into the pockets of middle class households. And that’s good for housing. NAHB looks forward to working with the White House to continue to promote policies that will spur job and economic growth and promote homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans.”

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  1. Robert Goldsmith says:

    Just speaking as a past and potential customer for an American homebuilder, I’m sad to see Mr. Noel just gushing over Trump’s words. In reality, Trump’s trade war with Canada has pushed up the lumber costs of the home we’re trying to build by 30-50% in one year. His tax changes are hardly sufficient to help most home-buyers to, actually, afford to build a home with an extra $1,100 or whatever, per year, largely eaten up by the higher costs of consumer durables like flat-screen TVs and such whose prices are rising thanks to other trade wars he’s started. The NAHB should be a loud voice of opposition to the false and empty promises this illegitimate president keeps foisting on our citizens. I’m all ears, however, and would enjoy learning about what “burdensome regulations” on builders are being lifted by Trump. He has promised everything to everyone. I, actually, worked with the home builder who built a home for us to design, sell, and build 25 townhouses in Lake Worth, FL. Restrictions were very few. We just had to build safe homes and had virtually no supervision as to safety of workers, etc.

  2. Nancy K says:

    Robert is right. The gaslighting escalates while the reality is that profits and labor force for builders are shrinking.

  3. Mark Livingston says:

    Robert is correct. I have been in the home building industry and developing residential communities since the early 1980’s.

  4. Robert Anderson says:

    The rhetoric may sound promising, but housing affordability continues to decline.

  5. Chuck Sundsmo says:

    Truth be told, Trump hasn’t rid us of enough regulations.
    In the northwest, poor forest practices and environmental regulation allow forests to rot from disease and burn rather than be harvested for building materials.

    Do you all prefer the economy of the last administration?

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