Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has been publicly supporting Donald Trump since long before he won the Republican nomination, published a stunning op-ed Friday criticizing the current president-elect for his recent deal with United Technologies to keep 1,000 jobs at a U.S.-based Carrier plant.
“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent,” she wrote for Young Conservatives, taking aim at Trump’s decision to offer UT $6 million in state tax subsidies and $1 million in state training grants via Vice President-elect and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
“Republicans oppose this, remember?” she continued. “We support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special-interest crony capitalism is one big fail.”
Palin, who is in the running for a Trump cabinet spot as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, did cut the president-elect a slight break.
“Gotta have faith the Trump team knows all this,” she wrote. “And I’ll be the first to acknowledge concerns over a deal cut by leveraging taxpayer interests to make a manufacturer stay put are unfounded — once terms are made public.”
The premise was that perhaps the media were incorrectly reporting on Trump’s ideal, which truthfully they probably were not. And if the deal’s terms as outlined by the media were indeed correct, then that would present a problem for her.
“(P)olitical intrusion using a stick or carrot to bribe or force one individual business to do what politicians insist, versus establishing policy incentivizing our ENTIRE ethical economic engine to roar back to life, isn’t the answer,” she explained.
She was not alone in her perspective. In a lengthy piece published a day earlier, the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal argued that Trump’s deal amounted to unethical and crony “arm-twisting.”
“Mr. Trump’s Carrier squeeze might even cost more U.S. jobs if it makes CEOs more reluctant to build plants in the U.S. because it would be politically difficult to close them,” the board argued.
Apparently Palin had sided with what some of Trump’s fans would call the “establishment,” though this fact did not detract from the legitimacy of the arguments she had posed.
How both the president-elect and his supporters would react to this unexpected criticism, however, remained to be seen.
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