Carrier Keeping 1,000 Indiana Employees Is Not Trump Heroism But Government Cronyism

When word spread that Carrier, an Indiana air conditioning company, was going to keep 1,000 of the approximately of the 2,200 jobs they were going to send to Mexico, I was at first, cautiously optimistic. Early reports said, Donald Trump spoke with the company and told them reductions in corporate taxes and scaling back regulations would save the company enough money to keep some of the jobs in the United States.

My cautiousness was punctuated with what I wrote at the time:

If it is found a particular tax break for Carrier is located in any budget bill, then yes, the criticism is valid.

It turns out, a federal tax break wasn’t needed for Carrier. Indiana stepped up to the plate:

Carrier, the company that changed its plans to shutter a plant in Indianapolis and shift production to Mexico after talks with President-elect Donald Trump, confirmed Wednesday that it would receive financial assistance from the state of Indiana as part of the deal to keep the plant open.

“Today’s announcement is possible because the incoming Trump-Pence administration has emphasized to us its commitment to support the business community and create an improved, more competitive U.S. business climate,” a statement from the company read. “The incentives offered by the state were an important consideration.”

There you have it. Forget the flowery talk about Donald Trump and Mike Pence. They did this because of whatever sweetheart deal they were able to get from the state of Indiana.

Draining the swamp? Not likely.