Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by demonizing México and Mexicans. Among the many disparaging remarks by Trump about México, was the notion that México was to blame for the loss of jobs in the country. Trump labelled NAFTA as the “worst” trade deal ever. Among Trump’s signature promises to the electorate was the promise to bring back jobs to the United States. Demonizing México and NAFTA were apparently the key to doing this. The idea, apparently, was to force U.S. companies to bring back assembly lines to the country or suffer the backlash, and possibly, the taxation of a Trump administration. Carrier and Ford were two companies showcased by Trump.
Late last year, during the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would force Carrier to cancel its plans to move jobs to México. In December, with much fanfare, Donald Trump announced that Carrier was keeping over 1,100 jobs in the country. It was a Trump victory, or so the voters were led to believe.
The 1,100 Carrier jobs were saved because Mike Pence negotiated a $7 million tax incentive for Carrier to keep the jobs in Indiana. Basically, the U.S. taxpayers were giving Carrier $6,363 per job in tax incentives to keep the jobs in Indiana. But let’s not let pesky details such as those get in the way of the political spin of saving jobs.
Trump and surrogate, Pence gave $7 million in taxpayer funds to bribe Carrier into providing Trump some political spin. However, Carrier never had any intention in keeping the jobs in the country but it saw the opportunity to accept two bribes from Trump, the first was $7 million and the second was insulating itself from Trump’s ire. Because Trump trumped up the job win he can ill-afford to now go after Carrier.
But, unfortunately for the Trump supporters, the facts just keep getting in the way.
Last month, the truth was again revealed. Carrier announced that by July 20, 338 jobs would be gone. And, by December, another 290 jobs would also be terminated at Carrier. The jobs are moving to Monterrey, México.
So, now instead of the taxpayers paying $6,363 to keep the jobs in Indiana, they are instead paying $14,830 per job to keep 472 jobs in the country.
How’s that for a deal?
Carrier not only gets to move 628 jobs to México, but it the company also received $14,830 per job it kept in the United States. That is not only subsidizing each job, but it is a bribe designed to keep the false narrative of a successful Trump presidency in play.
But the most important question that any Trump supporter would have a very difficult time answering honestly, is how is the Carrier deal, a smart business decision by any measure?