Congratulations, Republicans of Indiana. You ignored your governor's support of Cruz, looked past the media caricatures, and trusted Donald Trump to save those jobs at Carrier.We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy. More details soon.— Carrier (@Carrier) November 30, 2016
President Trump delivered.
Nearly two months before his inauguration.
On Thanksgiving, President Trump tweeted:
I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS - Will know soon!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2016
No President has worked this hard since James Polk.
Donald Trump has worked from dawn till beyond dusk since he was 16. He is 70. He is not quitting after a half-century of working.
The media jeered his efforts to save those jobs.
From Paul Waldman of the Washington Post just six hours ago:
Beware of Donald Trump’s con on manufacturing jobs
As a longtime celebrity and television performer, Donald Trump knows the value of a good story to shape people’s views of a larger issue, even if what you’re convincing them to believe is utterly false. There’s an economic story developing — about two factories in Indiana that belong to the Carrier corporation — that Trump is hoping to use as a triumphant tale demonstrating how he’ll make America great again by bringing factory jobs back, particularly in areas that were once manufacturing hubs but are now distressed.
It’s based on a fundamental lie about the American economy. But the story will still be powerful, and it’ll be some time before most people realize how hollow it is.
You may have heard about how Carrier, which makes things like furnaces, announced earlier this year that they’re going to move 2,000 jobs from two plants in Indiana to Mexico in order to save on labor costs. On the campaign trail, Trump brought up Carrier frequently, saying that he would convince them, either through inducements or threats, to keep those jobs here. And he’s already working on it: “Representatives for the incoming administration, including Vice President-elect Mike Pence, have held wide-ranging policy talks with top-ranking executives at Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies Corp.,” reports the Wall Street Journal.Blah, blah, blah. Then Waldman rolled this out:
But the most important reason manufacturing jobs have disappeared is automation.Automation has been killing manufacturing jobs for two hundred years. That is already figured into the equation. Workers know this. Automation does not excuse bad trade agreements.
Paul Waldman should do his homework.
President Trump is a hard worker and dismissing him as "a longtime celebrity and television performer" is willful ignorance. He builds skyscrapers, resorts, and companies. He writes best-sellers.
And Carrier is best known for air conditioners, not furnaces. Willis Haviland Carrier invented the air conditioner.
A few things Waldman should know besides President Trump's bio:
1. Manufacturing is not dead. If it were, China, India, and Mexico would not bother pursuing those jobs.
2. The United States of America is not dead.
3. One thousand families in Indiana are about to get their lives back thanks to that "longtime celebrity and television performer."