Policy 140 characters at a time—life in the reign of the TOTUS

Last time I promised more on the efforts to de-muck the new swamp, but I’m taking a brief hiatus to underscore once again how out of touch with reality Donald Trump really is.

His deal to keep 800 Carrier jobs in Indiana will cost  Indiana taxpayers $7 million over the next ten years. Given that state’s current population, that’s a dollar from every man, woman, infant (and undoubtedly much to Mike Pence’s chagrin) transgender citizen in the state. A dime a year, but it opens the gilded doors for truly smart businessmen to exploit the blustering and ongoing ignorance of Donald Trump who, even his supporters are beginning to realize, possesses neither the intellectual capacity nor the business acumen to learn much of anything.

So yes, he saved 730 (not 800) jobs; however…

1. The jobs are not guaranteed—they very well may not last the ten years of the tax break.
2. Another 533 Carrier union and management jobs are going to Mexico, shutting down a plant 100 miles away and costing 700 jobs.
3. Another Indianapolis company, Rexnord, is closing a plant and sending 350 jobs to Monterrey. The closing was announced on November 7. Rexnord and Carrier will be neighbors. Hola amigos.

What’s more distressing, there now exists a template for every company that threatens to move out of the U.S or out of state: the same principles of extortion will work in either case.

And who will benefit? The seven-figure CEOs and CFOs and, to a lesser extent, the shareholders. The landscape will mirror the pre-Obama swamp, only with more alligators.

And who will suffer? All the good ol’ American workers that populated (and still populate) Trump’s rallies and speeches—the ones who were made to believe they were the forgotten Americans to whom he was giving a voice. If they were “forgotten” during the Obama administration when a Republican Congress stymied all legislation that could have benefited them, they will positively disappear now.

But about being out of touch with reality…Chuck Jones, a union leader who represents the Carrier workers pointed out the facts of the deal (see above) and that Trump lied and exaggerated. This created the need for TOTUS to tweet the following:

Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!

and

If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues

“Spend more time working-less time talking.” Good advice from the Tweeter of the United States. If only he would heed it.

And now, predictably—as is befitting the revenge motif of our new totalitarianism—Mr. Jones is receiving death threats.

I’ve been involved in a somewhat polite debate with a former student—a Trump supporter. At one point he claimed that I had called all Trump supporters idiots. I don’t think I ever said that, although in the haze of November 9, I might have said almost anything. But they’re not idiots; they’re dupes—defrauded by a con-man—a good one. Still everybody knew this was coming, and of all the sins of which the media were guilty, not warning us about this con is not one of them.

At any rate, enjoy your stopover in Indiana, Carrier. Et recepción a Monterrey tambien.

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