Trump’s deal with Car­rier

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Mark Zaitz, M.A. Tkacik,

“Car­rier says it has deal with Trump to keep jobs in In­di­ana,” Nov. 30 news brief.

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s first pol­icy move should be ac­knowl­edged and cel­e­brated by all Democrats (like me). Stand­ing in the way of Car­rier mov­ing jobs to Mex­ico is a pos­i­tive, and an af­fir­ma­tion that is op­po­site from “get­ting the gov­ern­ment out of the way of busi­ness,” the bat­tle cry of con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans. What­ever threats and deals were made is a first step to­ward pre­vent­ing busi­nesses from be­ing ex­ces­sively be­holden to stock­hold­ers and max­i­mum profit with­out any ac­count­abil­ity to the Amer­i­can work­ing class. If Trump uses the bully pul­pit to shame more busi­nesses and cre­ate more public/pri­vate part­ner­ships that keep jobs here, bravo.

BBB If I told you that Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump pledged to force United Tech­nolo­gies to “pay a hefty tax,” only to then re­ward the com­pany with a hefty tax cut while send­ing 1,300 jobs to an­other coun­try, would you say that was some­one will­ing to make Amer­ica great again? Or some­one pass­ing off a fa­vor as a deal?

Is the Car­rier ar­range­ment a deal or no deal? United Tech­nolo­gies, the par­ent com­pany of Car­rier, will still get to lay off most of the tar­geted In­di­ana work­ers, nearly 1,300, and re­place them with much cheaper la­bor in a for­eign coun­try. It also gets par­tial com­pen­sa­tion from the state gov­ern­ment, con­ve­niently from the In­di­ana gov­er­nor and vice pres­i­dent-elect, Mike Pence. In­stead of wor­ry­ing about a po­ten­tial tar­iff, United Tech­nolo­gies can an­tic­i­pate pos­si­bly a ma­jor re­duc­tion in the fed­eral cor­po­rate tax rate.

How’s that for pun­ish­ing cor­po­ra­tions that threaten to shut down in the United States and move abroad?

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump speaks to work­ers at Car­rier, the air con­di­tion­ing and heat­ing man­u­fac­turer, last Thurs­day in In­di­anapo­lis. Ta­sos Katopodis, Getty Im­ages

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