Trump and Pence have been walking around like sainted heroes bragging about the deal they made to keep HVAC manufacturer, Carrier, from moving their operation Mexico. This supposed “deal,” which no one really knows that much about (according to Trump, all it took was a phone call, but something tells me there was much more to it than that) will keep close to 1,000 employees working, which is great for Indiana, but comes at the expense of $7 million in tax breaks to Carrier and the agreement that they could still send half of their jobs to Mexico anyway.
It appears that Sarah Palin had a lucid moment and realizing all of this, she decided to pen an open letter to Young Conservatives to put in her two cents, calling Trump’s deal nothing more than “crony capitalism.”
“I am ecstatic for Carrier employees! Their bosses just decided to keep shop onshore. What a relief for hundreds of workers. Merry Christmas Indiana!”
But then she gets mad…
“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent. Meanwhile, the invisible hand that best orchestrates a free people’s free enterprise system gets amputated. Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail.”
What she’s saying is that this Carrier deal appears to be that of a company which made HUGE mistakes and “threatened” to move the company out of the country in order to save themselves, hoping for a little favoritism from its Governor/VP-elect. It looks like Trump and Pence fell for this threat hook line and sinker, offering up tax cuts which favor Carrier, not the state of Indiana and its people.
She’s making such good points, it’s shocking!
“Politicians picking and choosing recipients of corporate welfare is railed against by fiscal conservatives, for it’s a hallmark of corruption. And socialism. The Obama Administration dealt in it in spades. Recall Solyndra, Stimulus boondoggles, and all their other taxpayer-subsidized anchors on our economy. A $20 trillion debt-ridden country can’t afford this sinfully stupid practice, so vigilantly guard against its continuance, or we’re doomed.”
Basically, Carrier’s threats forced the government’s hands and by doing so leaves an opening for every other corporation struggling because of their own mistakes to do the same bit of extortion.
However well meaning, burdensome federal government imposition is never the solution. Never. Not in our homes, not in our schools, not in churches, not in businesses.
Gotta’ have faith the Trump team knows all this. And I’ll be the first to acknowledge concerns over a deal cut by leveraging taxpayer interests to make a manufacturer stay put are unfounded – once terms are made public.
She called him out, alright and it’s good that someone on his “team” did, otherwise, Republicans probably wouldn’t pay attention. Something tells me that Trump is NOT going to like this one bit. Palin will probably have to kiss hopes of her job in his cabinet goodbye.
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