Sunday, December 11, 2016

Saving Jobs - At What Cost?



The hollowing out of the middle of the nation has created a huge need for aid, and a huge opportunity for a propaganda machine. Nuts and bolts factories are important, but states don't run on federal funds, they need state taxes to run.

The newly elected Trump has saved 1000 jobs at one factory, and it's cost 7 million dollars over 10 years. Are those people going to make the $700,000 a year that it will cost to keep their jobs?

Is Trump going to spend that kind of money every time he 'saves' 1000 jobs?

Can Indiana go without $700k in taxes a year, when they aren't going to get that kind of return on their investment in income tax?

What kind of state funding cuts are going to take place in the next 10 years because the state lost that money? Education? Police? Firefighters? Schools? Roads? Bet it comes out of Health Care, nobody really needs health care, right?

Does spending $70,000 for every job 'saved' make economic sense? The average worker earns maybe half that.

Trump got a lot of mileage out of this 'deal.' Maybe the amount of media coverage would have cost him more than the $7 million that Indiana will spend over the next 10 years. That makes it a 'good deal' for him...right?

How many times is it going to cost individual states $70k per job, per year for our president to "Save Jobs"?

Can the states of Fly Over America afford this kind of "help?"

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In For A Rough Ride


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Counting down the days to the Inauguration.

Two jets cancelled, 30 years of One China policy shattered, business dealings of questionable legitimacy heading to a constitutional crisis, hundreds of thousands of Indiana tax payer's money given to a company moving jobs to Mexico, the Alt-Right emboldened enough to "Hail Trump" and protests in the streets. The Trump Presidency is already cursing us with interesting times.

Short of the electoral college switching sides en mass -- don't hold your breath on that one -- we've got to get used to the New World Order.

All this noise and clamor, with the press permanently out of favor, camped out in the lobby of Trump Tower, guessing what is going on -- there's a pattern to this. It's not a pattern most city folks would have seen, because it's a whole different game, more like a rodeo than any political talking head has ever seen.

Eh?

Trump is acting like a bull getting into a bucking chute. Banging into the side panels, bawling, climbing the gate, all the while the boys in the back are getting the rope in place, getting ready for Uncle Sam to climb on board.

Think about it.

To this point, Trump has been singing "I Did It My Way" and he might put up a good fight for quite awhile. But the Job is the Presidency of the United States, a huge responsibility that has sucked the life out of younger, more active men.

We've all seen what four years in that job does to men - it AGES them.

Trump is not a young man.

He can kick up a huge fuss now - make mistakes that will take on a life of their own, but he can't buck off Uncle Sam for the next four years. He signed up for this ride and he's in it for the duration.

The flankers are in place, ready to set the flank strap while Uncle Sam eases into position and gets the rope around Trumps girth, ready to give the nod to the gate keepers who are gonna open the gate for this bucking bull of a President. He might spin before he starts sun-fishing, Uncle Sam might get hung up and there might be a hell of a wreck before this is over.

We're in for a rough ride, here in Fly Over America, but we're in the sidelines. Uncle Sam has some wicked sharp spurs, there are bullfighters in the arena and the pitfalls are many and deep.

Hold onto your hats, folks. This bull is a bad hombre!