Trump pulled a fast one on Wednesday, pretending to save 800 factory jobs in a Carrier plant in Indiana while losing the 1300 jobs that were scheduled to be shipped to Mexico anyway. He—or really Mike Pence who, as governor of Indiana, could do what Trump couldn’t—promised Carrier $7 million and who knows what else for his public relations coup. This is the same deal Governor Pence turned down a few years ago because it was a bad deal for the people of Indiana. Now, he’s got bigger fish to fry. Pay, Indiana taxpayer. Pay!
Of course it is a bad deal but not just for Indiana. It’s a terrible deal for America because now every company can threaten to move to Mexico, even if they weren’t planning to (the Carrier plant was making money; it didn’t have to go) and demand massive tax breaks and any other concessions they can think of. And if Trump resists? Well, as he himself says, never start a deal you’re not willing to walk away from. The companies who never meant to leave will go anyway.
But this is a great deal for Democrats. They should demand that Trump do this EVERY WEEK. That’s what he’d have to do to create as many manufacturing jobs as President Obama did. Trump supporters’ expectations are raised sky high. It’s Democrats’ job to make sure they hold Trump to his promise. “Hey, you did it in Indiana! Why not here?”
And reality will set in and Trump will be out.