I was taking some time off last week when Donald Trump announced his big rescue of jobs at a Carrier furnace factory in Indianapolis, so I've needed a few days to catch up.
One thing was clear even on Dec. 1, when Trump made his announcement on the scene, and has become even clearer with every day that passes: This deal is a scam. It isn't saving nearly as many jobs as the 1,100 Trump claimed, it's costing taxpayers a bundle, and it's no template for any job-preservation policy that Trump might consider.
In the most recent development, Chuck Jones, the president of the Carrier workers' union, told the Washington Post Tuesday about his reaction when Trump failed to disclose something his local already had been told — that the saved jobs numbered not 1,100, but only 730.
"He got up there," Jones said, "and, for whatever reason, lied his ass off."
Get used to it, Mr. Jones.
Carrier's decision to close its Indianapolis plant and move 1,400 jobs to Mexico wasn't much different from thousands of corporate decisions taken every day across the country. What made it special was a recording of the Feb. 10 announcement and the reaction among the thunderstruck workers, which was promptly posted to YouTube and went viral. Article link here