Where is action on Ohio plant closures?
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