December 2, 2018
Trump aiming at Mary Barra.
Jews are not happy that workers continue to support Trump despite the media telling them orange man bad.
Since General Motors announced its decision this week to shut down its hulking Lordstown plant — the anchor of this northeast Ohio town — workers on the line have had nothing but questions. Will they have jobs come spring? Should they put in for transfers and move their families to Texas or Tennessee? How much should they spend on Christmas?
One they haven’t yet answered: Who is to blame?
GM said Monday it would cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and marked five plants for possible closure, including the Lordstown plant, which previous rounds of layoffs already had left operating with just one shift. Once-full parking lots around the plant now sit largely empty. Assembly plants in Detroit and Ontario and transmission plants near Baltimore and in Warren, Michigan, also could be shuttered.
Makes sense once you look at their CEO.
Mary Barra, General Motors’ CEO.
Michigan, like Ohio, was among the states with large numbers of once-reliably Democratic union workers who backed Trump two years ago. But Michigan seemed to be swinging back to the left in the November midterm election, when Democrats won the governor’s office and other statewide races and picked up two congressional seats.
Ohio seemed to be holding firm for the GOP. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown — a possible 2020 presidential candidate — won re-election, but Republicans won the governor’s race and four other statewide offices for the third straight time, an outcome Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper attributed partly to Ohioans’ loyalty to the president. “The Trump factor,” he said.
In northeast Ohio, where Democrats for decades took 60 percent or more of the vote, the GOP picked up steam. While statewide Democratic candidates won in Mahoning County, where Youngstown is located, it was by much smaller margins than four years ago. County GOP Chairman Mark Munroe credits Trump and a “newfound sense of optimism.”
“If anything, support for the president has gotten stronger,” he said. “People have an appreciation for what the president has done. I think he’ll do even better in 2020.”
Ohio has shed auto-making jobs on Trump’s watch, while Michigan, California and Kentucky have seen growth.
Trump does appear to be getting credit for the economy, even from those who aren’t personally benefiting.
With low unemployment and a largely strong stock market until relatively recently, nearly two-thirds of midterm voters nationwide considered the economy to be good, according to VoteCast, the Associated Press’ survey of the electorate. And while just 44 percent of voters said they approved of his job performance overall, 55 percent gave him high marks on the economy.
In rural and small-town America, the heart of Trump’s support, a solid majority — 58 percent — of voters making less than $50,000 said they approve of his handling of the economy. That’s only a slightly smaller share than rural voters overall.
In Ohio, backing for Trump and his handling of the economy was strong. Even as voters nearly split evenly on their opinion of Trump overall, 57 percent gave him good marks on the economy.
“I don’t think he can perform miracles,” said Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill, a Trump supporter who, like others in this community near Youngstown, is hopeful GM will assign the plant another product to replace the Chevy Cruze, a model workers here produce but the company is abandoning. He blames market forces, not Trump or GM, and says the community is otherwise doing well.
“If we were giving out grades, I’d give (Trump) a B right now,” Hill said. “If Lordstown gets another product, I’ll give him an A.”
Trump criticized GM and the company’s chief executive officer, Mary Barra, after the shutdown announcement, noting on Twitter that the company isn’t closing plants in China or Mexico.
“The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!” he wrote. The president also said this week he wants to cut federal subsidies for the company, and signaled he may place tariffs on car imports.
The auto industry right now.
The auto industry’s continual need for government money is a clear sign that something’s not quite right with it. Times are changing. Maybe it’s the upcoming self-driving cars. Maybe it’s something else.
Blaming Trump for this doesn’t make sense, and blaming him for General Motors throwing a tantrum after he refuses to continue throwing money at them so they can pretend they’re a functional business and that this is not happening is preposterous.
Union leaders and Democratic officials say Trump should have done more, and sooner. After the latest round of layoffs in July, Union President Dave Green sent a letter to Trump asking him to get involved and noting a large number of union members voted for him. Trump’s silence on the situation, Green wrote, was “disturbing.”
Hard to disagree with that statement.
Obama already gave tons of money to General Motors and they spent it on golden parachutes and bonuses. The company has been sinking for a while and they’re now hitting Trump trying to pull the same shit they pulled with president nigger. They want a bailout.
Libertarians will say “don’t pay them, let them drown” – but there’s a better solution. General Motors wants the government to give them money so they can continue giving a little money to its workers? Then let’s cut out the middle man. Socialize General Motors by executive order. Get the US government to seize it entirely for being an inefficient corrupt sack of shit.
If the auto industry can no longer exists without US government’s money, then why is it not property of the US government and its people?