Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) at a ‘Summit on the Economy’ panel on Wednesday pushed for a focus on workers instead of making people “feel bad” if they don’t have an art history degree from a fancy college. Booker pushed for investing in this generation of Americans, just like the economy of our grandparents, and called for both sides to “stop the bullshit partisanship” to get it done.

“This isn’t complicated, folks,” Booker said. “Our grandparents showed us how to build a great economy. They were out training this generation of Americans. They were out investing in infrastructure this generation of Americans. They were out R&D-ing this generation of Americans. We need to stop the bullshit partisanship in this country. We really do.”

“We need to make sure that we see Americans and understand that our most valuable natural resource in this country… is not oil gas or coal, it is the genius of the next generation of children that are coming and we need to be investing in them again,” he said.

Booker’s full remarks:

SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ): I’ve got a degree in sociology, a degree in political science, a degree in history. The only thing I’m qualified to do in a 21st-century economy is be a United States Senator.

When I ask all the manufacturers in my city what’s your pain point I thought they were going to complain about taxes. You know what their complaint was? They couldn’t find machinists. They couldn’t find people with the skills. So what’s Germany doing? Half their people now, half their people don’t go to college. We make people feel bad in America if they don’t have an art history degree from some fancy college…

This isn’t complicated, folks. Our grandparents showed us how to build a great economy. They were out training this generation of Americans. They were out investing in infrastructure this generation of Americans. They were out R&D-ing this generation of Americans. We need to stop the bullshit partisanship in this country. We really do.

We have more common ground — we have more common ground then we care to admit, and we’re letting political opportunists on both sides of the aisle try to undermine the truth of this nation, that the ties that bind us are so much stronger than the lines that divide us. We need Americans right now more than ever before, and we need to see folks who are being rendered invisible from rural towns to urban towns.

We need to make sure that we see Americans and understand that our most valuable natural resource in this country… is not oil gas or coal, it is the genius of the next generation of children that are coming and we need to be investing in them again. …read more

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