Trump promised to “Make America Great Again,” and, though he isn’t even in office yet, he’s already doing it.
Rather than simply spending the Thanksgiving holiday having fun with his beautiful family, he is, instead, working today to keep jobs in the U.S.A. by keeping Carrier AC, an Indiana-based manufacturer of air conditioners, from moving its manufacturing operations to Monterrey, Mexico.
Via his popular Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, Trump this morning announced, “I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS – Will know soon!”
According to a report written by Kris Turner for USA Today publication, IndyStar, losing the Carrier jobs would have cost the economy $108M a year and 2,700 jobs. As is detailed in this report, “A quarter of the workers make about $14 an hour, or $30,000 a year. The rest, however, make about $26 an hour, or about $55,000, but earn well above $70,000 a year with overtime, said Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents the Carrier workers who will lose their jobs. The Mexican workers replacing Carrier employees will earn a base wage of $3 an hour, which is $23 less than some of the top-paid employees in Indianapolis.”
During his presidential campaign Trump often referenced Carrier’s plans to take jobs to Mexico, announcing that if they moved to Mexico it was his intention to levy a 35% tax on every one of the air conditioning units they imported into the United States.
Now that we know what Donald Trump is doing, what’s Barak Obama doing today, you ask? Nothing of major significance, so far as we can tell. Now THAT is something he actually IS good at.