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Trump Touts Carrier Deal As A Victory… But It’s Not
Donald Trump is already holding up his “deal” with Carrier as an absolute victory before even taking office. He saved jobs, he claims, he’s going to keep manufacturing here and here’s the proof and look at what a great job he is doing!
But there are several deep problems with that.
To begin with, Donald Trump has opened up a can of worms that he may not be able to close again. By literally buying off Carrier, he’s given the corporate world a signal that all they have to do to extort a giant government windfall is to indicate they’re moving.
As Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders put it,
“He has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives.”
But there’s an even deeper, underlying flaw with this newest Trump narrative.
A majority of those employees are still getting laid-off.
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That’s right. Trump did prevent some of the jobs moving to Mexico, but didn’t even manage to save half of them.
A deeper examination of the Carrier deal shows that Trump is a damned liar. (Big surprise, right?) Although he’s bragging about how he has saved 1,000 jobs – and even that figure is false, it’s actually 800 – the Wall Street Journalstates that those jobs include “300 research and headquarters positions that weren’t slated to go to Mexico.”
Republican math – it just gets more and more magical, doesn’t it.
Carrier Jobs Are Still Being Shipped To Mexico…Bigly
The other part that Trump leaves out of his magical equation? 1,300 workers are still getting fired.
Yes. Shortly after our soon-to-be leader assured everyone at Carrier that “All of the workers [will] have a great, great Christmas,” Carrier sent out the following letter.
You know, after they had accepted the $7 million windfall Trump offered them in exchange for them staying…if by “staying” we mean under half of the jobs will remain, and of those half, more than a third of those were going to stay here anyhow.
Breaking: Carrier confirms in letter to workers that fan coil jobs will “relocate” to Mexico by end of 2017. @rtv6 @IndyThisWeek pic.twitter.com/pcHo5ZPuh4
— Rafael Sánchez (@RafaelOnTV) December 2, 2016
That doesn’t look like all of the workers at Carrier will be having a merry Christmas. In fact, it doesn’t even look like half of the workers at Carrier will be having a merry Christmas.
But do you know who will be having a merry Christmas?
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After all, they are still, for the most part, doing exactly what they wanted to do by outsourcing the majority of the jobs slated for Mexico to Mexico…and now, they’re getting paid $7 million for their effort.
Or, more simply, this:
I think we are getting a clearer picture on what Donald Trump means by making America great again.