Donald Trump’s public relations-oriented “deal” to keep Carrier jobs in Indiana actually extorted money from taxpayers and still allows the company (which Trump has investments in) to move jobs offshore. And even his ally, Sarah Palin, has figured out the deal doesn’t make much sense.
Writing an op-ed on a conservative website, Palin called the decision “political intrusion using a stick or carrot to bribe or force one individual business to do what politicians insist.” She added, “When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent.”
The failed vice presidential candidate went on to say, “We know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail.”
Palin’s comments are very similar to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who wrote an op-ed detailing how the deal has shown Trump to be a sucker who was easily played by corporate interests.
Trump pushed for the deal, engineered by his running mate and Indiana governor Mike Pence. It gives Carrier $7 million in tax breaks, while they are still free to send over 1,000 jobs offshore. About 850 jobs will be kept in Indiana, though there is no guarantee in the deal for how permanent that will be. And their wages could be cut, because union representatives were kept out of the negotiating room.