Posted by: maboulette | April 9, 2017

American Companies Have Not Slowed Exporting Jobs

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Many times while campaigning, Trump made promises he couldn’t keep.   He was good playing on the ignorance of his base and exposing his own misunderstanding of many policies. He is not only a liar; he is also  a very good one.


The GOP candidate constantly promised to strong arm companies into keeping jobs at home instead of sending them to Mexico, renegotiate NAFTA and levy stiff import taxes on foreign goods. It was a message that appealed to Trump supporters, blending the con of economic hope with the prefix of “America First” nationalism.


Problem is, nothing about Trump’s vision has anything to do with reality, and U.S. jobs continue to be sent across the border. As Bloomberg reports:

Illinois Tool Works Inc. will close an auto-parts plant in Mazon, Illinois, this month and head to Ciudad Juarez. Triumph Group Inc. is reducing the Spokane, Washington, workforce that makes fiber-composite parts for Boeing Co. aircraft and moving production to Zacatecas and Baja California. TE Connectivity Ltd. is shuttering a pressure-sensor plant in Pennsauken, New Jersey, in favor of a facility in Hermosillo.


Those companies aren’t alone. Indianapolis-based firm Rexnord is moving 300 jobs to Monterrey, Mexico, despite a December tweet by Trump meant to shame the company into staying. That company is located just up the road from Carrier, the air conditioning manufacturer Trump falsely claimed to have bribed into keeping 1,100 jobs in its home state. Like nearly every victory claimed by Donald Trump, it too was a lie. As CNN Money notes, only 800 factory jobs were saved while 500 are still being shifted south.


Trump’s falsehood moved a local union leader to declare that POTUS had “lied his ass off.”

“Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers,” Chuck Jones, president of the local steelworkers union, told the Washington Post. “I almost threw up in my mouth.”


More smoke-and-mirrors trickeries surround Trump’s recent boasts of job-saving at Ford Motor Company. “Big announcement by Ford today,” Trump wrote in an intentionally misleading tweet.  “Major investment to be made in three Michigan plants. Car companies coming back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!”

But about jobs—there are just 130 of them—and had nothing to do with Trump. The same is true of the company’s decision to put the brakes on a plan to transport 700 jobs to Mexico, announced after Trump criticized the move on social media. As Reuters notes, “both projects were part of 2015 negotiations with the UAW, when Ford said it would invest $9 billion in U.S. plants over four years.”  If, as Trump seems to think, a president should get credit for every new job created when he is in office, then these points have to go for this one to Obama.


Trump might also be backing off of promises to raise tariffs on goods and renegotiate NAFTA. The shift in tone comes on the heels of a series of devastating failures that have come to define this bumbling presidency.  Days ago, according to the New York Times, “a draft letter suggesting a softening of his views began flowing among members of Congress this week.” The report goes on to state that the draft proposal appears “to propose keeping much of the agreement in place.”


On top of this, Trump blames everyone else for any of his failings. Our elected officials need to wake up and realize that bad things are going to happen to our country if something is not done with his addiction to Twitter.


It is time for the Democrats to speak up louder than they are doing now.  And as for the Republicans it is time for all of them to be more concerned about country over party than they are.


Seriously, the mid-term election might be too late; Trump has already signed executive orders rescinding many of Obama’s Climate Regulations – and only God knows what else Trump has done with his executive orders.  Women’s Equal Rights law that was voted by Congress and that Obama signed on his first week in office – gone now.  God knows those GOP owners of big businesses just don’t think it is right for women to get paid the same as men for the same jobs and education.


Do I sound angry – well, I am and you should be angry also.  As for me – these are my retirement years but if they mess around with Social Security and Medicare – well, I might be greeting some of you when you come to shop at Walmart.


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