Friday, December 2, 2016

Eugene Robinson and Will Bunch

Robinson on the Carrier deal:

The company still gets to lay off most of the targeted Indiana workers and replace them with much cheaper Mexican labor. It gets partial compensation from the state government. And instead of worrying about a potential tariff, United Technologies can anticipate a major reduction in the federal corporate tax rate. That's something Trump promised on the campaign trail -- and also, reportedly, in a recent phone call with United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes.

That'll show 'em. What a fantastic deal-maker Trump is. Those coal miners in West Virginia should be back at work any day now. 

Few places in America loved Donald Trump on Nov. 8 as much as Upshur County, West Virginia, in the heart of Coal County. Just under 76 percent of Upshur County residents voted for the GOP candidate -- and why wouldn't they, after Trump promised "to put our miners back to work" while Hillary Clinton and other liberals were looking instead to a future after coal?

Less than a month after his election, Trump rewarded that vote of confidence by naming as his commerce secretary the billionaire former owner of Upshur County's Sago Mine, which collapsed in 2006 -- killing 12 miners -- after a mounting list of safety violations was ignored at what union leaders say was a dangerous, exploitative "doghole mine."

The billionaire, Wilbur Ross, did ultimately pay out $2 million to the families of the 12 men and a 13th survivor, but relatives say it was too little, too late. "It's easy to throw a couple million afterward instead of spending a few million ahead of time to save men's lives in the first place," Kevin Sharp, one of those family members, told ABC News.

Draining the swamp and putting what he finds in his cabinet. 

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