From the earliest days of his campaign, Donald J. Trump made keeping manufacturing jobs in the United States his signature economic issue, and the decision by Carrier, the big air-conditioner company, to move over 2,000 of them from Indiana to Mexico was a tailor-made talking point for him on the stump.
On Thursday, Mr. Trump and Mike Pence, Indiana’s governor and the vice president-elect, plan to appear at Carrier’s Indianapolis factory to announce a deal with the company to keep roughly 1,000 jobs in the state, according to officials with the transition team as well as Carrier.
Mr. Trump will be hard-pressed to alter the economic forces that have hammered the Rust Belt for decades, but forcing Carrier and its parent company, United Technologies, to reverse course is a powerful tactical strike that will hearten his followers even before he takes office.
And just as only a confirmed anti-Communist like Richard Nixon could go to China, so only a businessman like Mr. Trump could take on corporate America without being called a Bernie Sanders-style socialist. If Barack Obama had tried the same maneuver, he’d probably have drawn criticism for intervening in the free market.
In exchange for keeping the factory running in Indianapolis, Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence are expected to reiterate their campaign pledges to be friendlier to businesses by easing regulations and overhauling the corporate tax code, according to a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump.
Which is why neither Sanders nor Obama could have pulled it off: neither of those things will EVER be part of the Democrat Socialist Party’s platform, and “friendly to business” will never be part of their lexicon. I don’t much care for the idea of business and government cuddling up and getting too cozy together, but they don’t (and shouldn’t) have to be complete adversaries, either.
Political symbolism aside, saving 1,000 Carrier jobs doesn’t loom so large in an economy that’s created an average of 181,000 jobs a month this year, noted Jared Bernstein, a liberal economist who served as adviser in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.
Still, he confessed a grudging admiration for Mr. Trump’s political jujitsu. “If I weren’t so scared of the damage a Trump administration might do, I’d find it refreshing to see an administration fighting for factory jobs like this,” he said. “That said, no one should confuse what Trump is doing here with sustainable economic policy.”
Yeah, right. After all, government getting out of the way and letting capitalism do what it does only worked for a couple hundred years or so. Which is way more than any “liberal” economic policy will EVER be able to claim, never having worked at all for more than about twenty minutes.
The guy isn’t even president yet, and he’s already done more good for the nation than any professional politician you could name. I keep saying it, and this is just another example to add to the list.
Mr. Trump first announced he was talking to Carrier on Thanksgiving Day via Twitter, which the company quickly confirmed. The discussions have continued this week, and with a tentative deal in hand on Tuesday, transition officials scheduled Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Pence’s visit to Indianapolis.
“I didn’t think it would be this quick,” Mr. Maynard said.
Yeah, well, better adjust those expectations there, bub; we have a real president again, one that doesn’t hate America to his very core and doesn’t not-so-secretly want to see it brought low. This is only a small sampling of what’s to come.