Carrier = Corporate Welfare

So the Donald has worked out a deal with Carrier not to move 2,000 jobs to Mexico.  With this deal only 1,000 jobs are leaving.  Not a good deal.  During the campaign Trump threatened to slap big tariffs on their products if they moved.  So what was the deal about.  State tax incentives.  Carrier is owned by United Technologies which gets 10% of their revenues from government contracts.  But that carrot wasn’t part of the deal.  So taxpayers are paying for this deal.   Not much of a deal.  More like extortion.  It also begs the question if the deal was based around state tax incentives, why didn’t Gov. Mike Pence make the deal months ago?

This isn’t manufacturing policy, which is what presidents are suppose to do.  This was something the Indiana state legislature is responsible for.

Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed in today’s WaPo pointing out that this deal creates an opportunity for any company that threatens to move without tax incentives.  Not a smart deal.

This is what we have to look forward to for four years.  God help us all.

 

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12 responses to “Carrier = Corporate Welfare

  1. Oh this is just the beginning of bad deals!

  2. tempebev

    Yuck – They better not screw Medicare.

  3. dnd

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2016/12/01/cnn-commentator-scottie-nell-hughes-facts-no-longer-exist/?utm_term=.acf23679911a

    Hermann Goering said that if you tell a lie often enough, people believe it.

    The weird thing about Scotti Nell Hughes and Kellyann Conway is that not only do they lie all the time, they seem to actually enjoy it.

  4. tempebev

    I think the media is a little afraid to cross or call-out KaC or others on the #1 team for fear of retaliation by the new prez. Sen Flake and McCain are getting knocked for standing up or flip-flopping about T. Even on poor old Facebook it seems that the anti-T Crowd is trying to be nice either because they’re nice or they don’t want to fuck with the assholes who supported him. Still don’t listen to the news, local or national. I don’t wear a safety pin because I realize I’m a chicken if I had to stand up to someone or even offer support. At least I’m honest and not being a “oh I’m wearing a safety pin because it’s the in thing.” Kudos to those that are willing to standup and/or listen.

  5. dnd

    The silver lining is that the Sunday shows are populated by odious assholes like Kellyann Conway or Mike Pense. Can’t watch them so my Sunday mornings are free to enjoy whatever.

    I still pray that the electors sober up and do what’s best for the country.

  6. dog's eye view

    dnd: Thinking of you. Know it’s very recent since you lost your mom.

    Traveling a bit, and mostly lurking.

    I wish we could get the electors to do the right thing, too. If anyone sees any good activities there, do share.

  7. dnd

    John Glenn has died. 95 remarkable years.

  8. tempebev

    So far 2016 has been crappy. It is definitely ending crappier with all the “odious assholes” (compliments of d) that are being named as cabinet secretaries. I wonder if he’s holding on the sec of state for last and appointing Mitt. Then it’s done and he doesn’t have to listen to everyone who opposes MR. I’m not sure that 2017 will be any better. It will be interesting and probably piss off a bunch of people. (me)

    With 3 weeks to go, it doesn’t seem like there is as big a war on “Christmas” as prior years. I guess the war on Trump took over. I just love the one on FB about “religion is like a penis. It’s a perfectly fine thing for one to have and take pride in, but when one takes it out and waves it in my face, we have a problem.”

    Mr. Bev turns 74 today. That’s great except Mrs. Bev is 3 months behind him. The alternative is worse, of course.

    Have a good rest of the month – talk again soon.

  9. dnd

    Rick “oops!” Perry for Sec. of Energy? Does Trump or Perry know that the Dept of Energy is not about “drill baby drill?” That’s Interior. Energy primarily is about stewardship of our nuclear weapons.

  10. The entire Trump cabinet will resemble a clown car.

  11. dnd

    New thread – Rigged!

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