Critics are pooh-poohing the significance of Trump’s deal with carrier, saying “there are still so many people out there hurting” and claiming that “Trump is acting like a third-world despot.”
The White House, meanwhile, sniffed that saving 1,000 jobs was a mere fraction of all the manufacturing jobs supposedly created on Obama’s watch. (Earth to White House: Trump isn’t even president yet. Plus, there are 300,000 fewer manufacturing jobs today than when Obama took office in January 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
Those critics and the White House should have listened carefully when Carrier, after meeting with Trump, said its decision was made possible “because the incoming Trump-Pence administration has emphasized to us its commitment to support the business community and create an improved, more competitive U.S. business climate.”
If that’s the message Trump is delivering to business leaders, we should all be cheering.
It means an end to eight years in which President Obama, instead of supporting U.S. companies, arrogantly scolded business leaders and treated businesses as either piggy banks to be raided or as enemies to be brought to heel through regulations and mandates. We’ve seen the effects of Obama’s approach — eight years of dismally slow growth, stagnant wages, and a surging population of labor-force dropouts.
What’s more, if Trump succeeds in cutting business taxes, allowing companies to repatriate money parked overseas, and easing the regulatory burden on job creators — as he’s promised — he won’t have to browbeat companies into keeping jobs here, because they will already be doing that, and creating millions more.
One can hardly “wait to see how Trump’s critics try to put a negative spin on that.”