You have to be pretty terrible to lose Sarah Palin, but it seems Trump has done just that. He and Mike Pence have been celebrating their deal with Carrier to “save” around 700 jobs from going to Mexico — but what they did to accomplish this has many concerned, including (of all people) Sarah Palin, who is traditionally one of Trump’s biggest cheerleaders.
Palin penned an op-ed for Young Conservatives which calls the deal “more crony capitalism.” For once, Palin is correct in her use of the term. Palin begins with a message of joy for the employees who now won’t have to worry about feeding their families:
“I am ecstatic for Carrier employees! Their bosses just decided to keep shop onshore. What a relief for hundreds of workers. Merry Christmas Indiana!”
And, proving once and for all that even a broken clock is right twice a day, the half-term, half-wit former Governor of Alaska managed to semicoherently explain the problem with the deal, which will still leave more than 1,300 jobless:
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.
In other words, maybe it wasn’t a good idea for Trump and Pence to set a precedent of handing out gigantic tax breaks to companies who threaten to move overseas. Carrier agreed not to move a plant (and 1,400 jobs) from Indianapolis to Mexico. In exchange, they will receive $7 million in financial incentives over 10 years provided they invest $16 million into their operation. Surprisingly, Palin even picked up on what will happen as a result of this deal:
But know that fundamentally, political intrusion using a stick or carrot to bribe or force one individual business to do what politicians insist, versus establishing policy incentivizing our ENTIRE ethical economic engine to roar back to life, isn’t the answer. Cajole only chosen ones on Main St or Wall St and watch lines stretch from Washington to Alaska full of businesses threatening to bail unless taxpayers pony up. The lines strangle competition and really, really, dispiritingly screw with workers’ lives. It’s beyond unacceptable, so let’s anticipate equal incentivizes and positive reform all across the field – to make the economy great again.
We had to run that bit through a translator, but what she basically said is that companies now know they only need to say they are going to take jobs out of the country to receive gifts from the Trump administration. How pleasant.
While Palin is normally gung-ho on the Trump Train to Stupidville, don’tchaknow, she downgraded her unwavering support to barely cautious optimism:
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.
This deal is so bad that even Sarah Palin refuses to back Trump. Think about that.
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