Indiana

Carrier & The Broken Window Narrative

The “Carrier” deal, and future deals like it, only succeed in temporarily keeping the jobs of yesterday with a cost to taxpayers today.

Trump Taps Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt As EPA Head

Trump picks conservative Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head up the EPA, a man who has “led the charge with repeated notices and subsequent lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their [sic] leadership’s activist agenda.”

Another Trump Win: Apple Supplier Foxconn Says It Is In Discussions To Expand US Operations

There is over a month left until Trump's inauguration, and the President-elect's hard-hitting negotiating style may have scored yet another economic victory: according to a statement issued by Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, the company said it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States.

Carrier & The Slippery Slope

Time will tell whether this Carrier deal was just a symbolic line in the sand, or whether it is a sign of future government interventionist policies which will ultimately backfire. In the long run, the less government, the better.

Sarah Palin Slams Trump Carrier Deal As "Crony Capitalism", "Corporate Welfare"

"Politicians picking and choosing recipients of corporate welfare is railed against by fiscal conservatives, for it’s a hallmark of corruption. And socialism. The Obama Administration dealt in it in spades.... When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent."

In Defense Of Trump's Deal With Carrier

While some have described Trump's approach as crony capitalism, if the terms of the deal really are limited to tax relief, such claims are baseless. While it is true that tax breaks for specific companies are less ideal than across-the-board cuts (or outright abolishment) of business taxes, they should not be confused with taxpayer subsidies. The underlying deal seems to reflect a larger commitment to addressing the corporate tax and regulatory burdens that have long held back the American economy.

Frontrunning: December 2

  • Futures fall ahead of jobs report (Reuters)
  • Obama to Block Second Chinese Deal on Security Concerns (BBG)
  • Trump Exults in Victory and Mocks Critics at Ohio Rally (BBG)
  • China's Central Bank Is Facing a Major New Headache (BBG)
  • Trump considering Goldman Sachs COO Cohn for energy secretary (Reuters)