Donald Trump campaigned that he was an outsider and that he would do things differently, if elected. America is now wakening to the warnings that I and many others have been writing about for months. I wrote in August 2016 that “Donald Trump would preside not as he campaigns but rather as he has lived.”
Trump campaigned and repeatedly preached at his rallies that he would be a different kind of president and that he would drain the swamp and that he would take money out of the process. To the vulnerable and hopeful backers, he promised that he would force Carrier, the mammoth air conditioning company, to keep jobs in Indiana by imposing a 30% import tax on the company for having jobs in Mexico. The crowd cheered in jubilation at the toughness of his words. Chanting in unison, “USA, USA.”
Sadly, and as predicted by yours truly, no sooner than elected by the “faithful hopeful,” he has reversed his words and has struck a deal with Carrier that even Hillary Clinton has to be thrilled.
The deal brokered by President-elect who is still governor of Indiana, takes $7 million from Indiana taxpayers and pays 1,100 workers, keeping jobs in Indiana. Howbeit, the deal sends another 1300 workers to Mexico. Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Democratic Party must be elated with the deal. On the other hand, the former Vice President candidate, Sarah Palin, cautions that Trump’s decision is a dangerous precedent. Palin, who was an early Trump supporter, said she is happy for the Carrier employees who will now keep their jobs, but she expressed concern about the precedent set by this agreement. “When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent,” she wrote. At the same time, Rachel Maddow, the noted CNBC TV host, gleefully rails against the blatant flip flop by President-elect Trump.
Trump warns other companies that if they are planning to move jobs from America they will face consequences. I predict that these companies, after seeing the Trump consequence meted to Carrier, are fast and vastly lining up to move jobs overseas. I further predict that this is the first of many many flip flops’ that the “faithful hopeful” will encounter with President Trump.
Niquette, Mark (2016, December 1) Retrieved from Bloomberg.com