[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
[I consult and consider many sources in search of appropriate subject matter for this blog. Often I find material that is best left (mostly) untouched by me, e.g., today’s piece excerpted from Bernie Sanders.]
Carrier Just Showed Corporations How to Beat Donald Trump
This is but a single paragraph from an essay Bernie Sanders published last week on Carrier and its parent, United Technologies. I have bulleted the quantified items for purposes of emphasis and digestibility.
It is not my intent to disparage Donald Trump or Trump supporters. Rather, I ask that all citizens at least try to evaluate issues as objectively as possible. (“Issues” replaces “facts” here because it seems that the electorate cannot agree on the validity—or lack thereof—of anything smacking of politics these days.)
I wish we could agree that corporate moguls—and politicians—do not live like you and I live. Their wealth and power separate them from us. And so, here is Sanders on the issues.
Let’s be clear. United Technologies is not going broke. Last year, it
It has also
- received more than $50 million from the Export-Import Bank and
- (received) very generous tax breaks.
In 2014, United Technologies
- gave its former chief executive Louis Chenevert a golden parachute worth more than $172 million.
Last year, the company’s five highest-paid executives
The firm also
- spent $12 billion to inflate its stock price instead of using that money to invest in new plants and workers.
I agree wholeheartedly that keeping—or saving, if you prefer—over 1,000 Carrier jobs in Indiana is a good thing in and of itself. But at issue for me is the source of corporate tax incentives that convinced United Technologies not to move its Indianapolis plant to Mexico lock, stock, and barrel. Imagine how you might feel if you were an out-of-work or underemployed resident of Indiana, knowing that your state has committed subsidies and tax cuts to a corporation which has demonstrated its willingness to abandon Indiana for one, sole reason: to increase profits.
When, I ask myself, is enough enough? The answer is always the same: never.
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