Where is ac­tion on Ohio plant clo­sures?

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Opinion -

What­ever hap­pened to the solid nugget of com­mon sense: “Ac­tions speak louder than words”?

In to­day’s Trump­ism, that wis­dom of­ten seems to be for­got­ten, and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is a prime of­fender.

The lat­est case in point is the dreaded but not un­ex­pected an­nounce­ment from De­troit that Gen­eral Mo­tors will close its Lord­stown, Ohio, plant — one of its largest in the U.S. — and end pro­duc­tion of the Chevy Cruze sedan built there.

Back in July 2017, Trump wooed about 8,000 sup­port­ers in a Ma­hon­ing Val­ley rally by first lament­ing the loss of the area’s vaunted man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs and then promis­ing:

“They’re all com­ing back. They’re all com­ing back. Don’t move, don’t sell your house.” Just words . ...

Mean­while, Ohio’s two U.S. Sen­a­tors, Demo­crat Sher­rod Brown and Re­pub­li­can Rob Port­man, were do­ing what they could to try to per­suade GM to keep the 1,400 jobs now lost in Lord­stown and even in­vest more in the state . ...

It is even more crit­i­cal for Ohio’s gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate lead­ers — since we can’t count on help from the White House — to work with other au­to­mo­tive-re­lated cor­po­ra­tions hav­ing an Ohio pres­ence to de­velop ef­fec­tive game plans for strength­en­ing the state’s role in sup­port­ing trans­porta­tion sys­tems of the fu­ture.

Empty prom­ises from the pres­i­dent won’t get us there.

Read the full ed­i­to­rial from the Colum­bus Dis­patch at bit. ly/2BP8uUO

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