When President-elect Donald Trump managed to cut a deal with Carrier to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States, the media was shocked. He wasn’t even president yet, and already Trump was following through on his promises.
Perhaps the most scrumdiddlyumptious irony of the whole thing was how the liberal media reacted upon hearing the news.
In a story for The New York Times, for example — and keep in mind, this is supposed to be an objective news story, not an editorial — the Grey Lady opined that “(i)f Barack Obama had tried the same maneuver, he’d probably have drawn criticism for intervening in the free market.”
Actually, it wasn’t just that President Obama didn’t try. Don’t get me wrong — he not only didn’t try, but he made sure his lack of effort was framed in the most conspicuous way. That wasn’t the worst part, though — it was that he mocked anyone with the gall to expend any effort on keeping jobs in the United States.
If you don’t believe me, take a look at this clip, from a PBS presidential town hall in July. An employee of Carrier had asked the president what he was going to do to keep jobs like his in the United States.
Obama began by patting himself on the back.
“Well, in fact, we’ve seen more manufacturing jobs created since I’ve been president than anytime since the 1990s,” he responded. “That’s a fact.”
This is a marginally true claim, although this handy graph from CNN showed that this was just a slight recovery of jobs shed in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
The recovery has been slow, however, and the number of manufacturing jobs now stands nowhere near the pre-crisis number, thanks in no small part to outsourcing.
Then, Obama ripped into Trump’s plan to keep manufacturing in the United States and return jobs here.
“But for those folks who have lost their job right now because a plant went down the Mexico, that isn’t going to make you feel better. And so what we have to do is to make sure that folks are trained for the jobs that are coming in now because some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back, and when somebody says, like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back, well how exactly are you going to do that? What are you going to do?” Obama said, referring to Trump.
“There’s — there’s no answer to it. He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.” Well, how — what — how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually, the answer is he doesn’t have an answer.”
You can watch it for yourself here:
Apparently, Trump does have an answer — at least, one that President Obama didn’t, since he’s not even in office yet and those jobs have been saved.
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