|When the Dear Leader does from on high, it's okay?|
The reality-TV hits just keep coming -- did Trump give Romney a red rose, perhaps, at dinner last night? -- with the latest being Trump's Pence-induced entreaty to pweeze-pwetty-pweeze keep your jobs in Indiana, pwetty-pweeze, Carrier.
The art of the deal is apparently enhanced when you can throw in tax breaks and such. And yet, as Paul Krugman points out, not much bang for your buck, Dear Leader.
If Trump did a Carrier-style deal every week for the next 4 years, he could bring back 4% of the manufacturing jobs lost since 2000.— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) November 30, 2016
Other Tweeters point out the inherent contradictions:
@davidfaber @scottlincicome So this is, effectively, a wealth transfer from IN taxpayers to Carrier's stockholders. Crony capitalism.— HudsonRiverCroc (@mistyfoggyriver) November 30, 2016
@davidfaber @IvanTheK sounds like corporate blackmail to me. Threaten to leave unless government pays massive fee.— SilverOz (@Silver_Oz) November 30, 2016
I'm beginning to figure this out: Dear Leader threatens (looking TOUGH) -> Company makes offer (gimme MONEY) -> Dear Leader takes deal (stupid deal, but ME LOOK GOOD) -> People screwed (Hey, look, A PONY).
Heckuva jop, Trumpie. (And he's not even president.) Art of the deal my ass.