Trump Surrendered to Carrier

Trump did not ‘save’ 1,000 jobs at the Carrier plant. He did a couple things, some of which I’m okay with: 1) He and the state of Indiana offered about $7M in tax breaks to Carrier. The jobs saved are higher paying manufacturing jobs, averaging about $70K, per year. This means that he made the jobs a net wash for the company in the first year, before any value derived from their work is factored in. He essentially paid Carrier our tax dollars to keep those people hired. I would […]

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Unions Are The Answer You Are Looking For

  Everyone is consumed in a conversation about white economic insecurity versus racial animus and what caused this catastrophe.   There is, of course, plenty of blame to go around.  The key is to focus on what has changed since 2012, when Obama won the states naively referred to as the Blue Wall – the ‘Rust Belt’ deindustrialized states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  These are states that once belonged to the Democratic coalition which emerged in the post-Roosevelt era as a stronghold for working class and African-American voting power. […]

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