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Carrier played Trump, taxpayers, more to come

Carrier getting tens of millions of dollars in incentives, while still outsourcing 1,100 jobs to Mexico.

Socializing costs, Privatizing profits

The Financial Times reported:

Carrier’s decision to cancel plans to move 1,000 jobs to Mexico was on Wednesday painted as a trade-off for planned tax cuts, as one of Donald Trump’s economic advisers said he hoped other US businesses would see the deal as a “beacon signal” of a climate where they can keep more jobs at home. Donald Trump secured a victory after successfully pressuring Carrier, a unit of United Technologies, to change its plan to move 2,100 jobs to Mexico to cut costs. Carrier said it would keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana, after negotiations with Trump representatives including vice-president elect Mike Pence who offered unspecified incentives.


When asked whether the deal would set a precedent for companies to demand a tax break in exchange for keeping jobs at home, Anthony Scaramucci, a Trump adviser, said: “Companies should expect a tax break. We have the highest corp tax rates in the industrialised world, we have to get those corporate tax rates down to a competitive position . . . I’m hoping that every CEO in America is getting that beacon signal from the new Trump administration.”

What about the other 1,100 jobs that are still going to Mexico? Oh, those are still leaving.

The troubling aspect of the bad deal that Trump cut for taxpayers is that his adviser said that they expect every company in America to go after the same kind of deal. The idea that the US has the highest corporate tax rate of anywhere in the world is not true. While top US corporate tax rate is high, but Republicans have been exaggerating the damage caused by this fact for years.

The goal of the Trump administration appears to be a nation where corporations pay no taxes. If corporations aren’t paying taxes, and the wealthy are getting tax cuts, the tax burden will fall on the shoulders of those who have the least to pay the most.

If corporations around the country follow Carrier’s lead, state and local economies around will be damaged, if political leaders give in to extortion threats.

The bottom line is that Trump and Pence got played by Carrier. The company is still outsourcing more jobs than are staying, but for giving Trump some good publicity, they are being rewarded with tens of millions of dollars in incentives that Indiana taxpayers are now on the hook for.

Trump got played, and even worse he set a precedent for even worse deals to come.



Gravis Poll: Nelson easily beats Scott for Senate, Morgan edges Putnam for gov

A new robo poll by Gravis Marketing finds Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson comfortably leading Republican Rick Scott in a hypothetical senate race, 51 percent to 38 percent. The incumbent expects a challenge from Gov. Scott in 2018, but Gravis also showed him leading Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi 50 percent to 35 percent.

We can only hope


Secretary of Spelling? ABC News reports:

In an unexpected sighting Tuesday, former Vice President Dan Quayle showed up at Trump Tower to offer his “personal congratulations” to President-elect Donald Trump, who has been meeting with potential Cabinet picks this afternoon.

“I was in the area and I stopped by to see the president-elect to offer personal congratulations to him. I talked to him recently on the phone,” Quayle told reporters following his meeting. “Things are in good hands. He’s moving forward and he’s going to make America great again.”

Quayle also confirmed he had breakfast with Vice President-elect Mike Pence this morning. The former vice president to George H.W. Bush announced in May he was backing Trump and expressed his confidence that the real estate mogul could beat Hillary Clinton.

Merriam-Webster Issues Plea About Fascism

The good people at Merriam-Webster practically begged users to search for any word other than “fascism” so the dictionary company could avoid making it the word of 2016.

In a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon, the company said it’s on track to name fascism its word of the year. It really doesn’t want to do that.

Other dictionaries have already made their choice for word of the year. The Oxford dictionary chose “post-truth” for its word of the year and Dictionary.com chose “xenophobia.”

I just went to Merriam-Webster and searched for “Fascism”

Word of the Day

chow' (French)

An expression of parting; a farewell as of to the enforcement of life-saving safety regulations or to one's family as one calls from an airplane the engine of which just popped off the wing because it hadn't been inspected since Pres. Oooh Look At My Aviation Safety Record left office.

Ex. "Welcome to the Transportation Department, Madame Secretary."

"Thank you so much. Do you happen to know when we had the last fatal commercial airline crash in this country?"

"It was the month after Obama took office. We've had a perfect record since then."

"Wow. Well, you can say chao to that shit. Now let's undo some regulations!"

Taliban Fundraising Ebbs

Due to Shortage of Americans To Shoot At
Pres. Obama's failure to provide enough cannon fodder for the Taliban to kill has led to a fiscal crisis for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, according to a report in The Guardian and pretty much nowhere else because flag-burning.

Taliban members told the paper that the cash flow for bloodshed has dried up from rich Afghan and Arab donors upset that too many civilians are being killed, and not enough foreign troops. One investor who would behead us in a second if he were real told The Fucking News, "We just want to see a more diversified portfolio before making future investments."

The reduction in foreign troops has also made the war less popular with its angel-of-death investors by eliminating the rationale that the Taliban is fighting a foreign occupation.

The resulting crisis has caused the Taliban to miss payments on its subscriptions to Playboy, and to the Pakistani hospitals that treat its wounded, forcing the violent group to raise money through other means, including bake sales, lemonade stands, and a hilarious Kickajewstarter campaign.

The cash crunch is pushing a growing number of Taliban leaders to support peace talks. Others, however, support deficit spending to fund the war. "Remember what Cheney said," the anonymous Taliban leader told The Fucking News. "Deficits don't matter when there's a Republican president."

more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/afghan-taliban-facing-financial-crisis-as-civilian-deaths-deter-donors?ct=t%28TFN+11_30_16%29&mc_cid=aa8cce1b63&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D


Google Earth Engine


Timelapse is a global, zoomable video that lets you see how the Earth has changed over the past 32 years. It is made from 33 cloud-free annual mosaics, one for each year from 1984 to 2016, which are made interactively explorable by Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab's Time Machine library, a technology for creating and viewing zoomable and pannable timelapses over space and time.


Inside a Trump Chinese shoe factory

100,000 pairs of footwear branded with Ivanka's name have been made at huge facility (but now it's moving to Africa!)

Donald Trump has railed at politicians for allowing US manufacturing jobs to be moved abroad to China
But 100,000 pairs of shoes bearing his daughter Ivanka's name have been made in Dongguan, China
The Huajian company is now moving production to Africa because labor there is evencheaper
It can employ five Ethiopians at its factory near Addis Ababa for the price of one Chinese worker


Possible Trump Labor Secretary Has Labored Bio

Andrew Puzder is considered one of Pres.-elect Donald Fucking Trump's leading candidates for Labor secretary, based on his success creating jobs as CEO of the company that owns Carl's, Jr., the once-distressed fast-food chain. How did Puzder do it? By being hands-on. With young womens' boobs.

That's right, Trump is considering the mastermind behind the famous Carl's, Jr., two-point job-creation plan:


The ads were/are hilarious/controversial among men/humans, and Puzder has been asked to justify treating young women like sex meat just to sell enough cow meat so his wife will touch his old man meat. Here's how he actually fucking explained his sophisticated, algorithm-based, marketing strategy: "I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American."

Instead of distancing himself from the campaign, Puzder closered himself to it, moving on it like a bitch. "I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality." Other Puzder ads included a commercial in which Paris Hilton took on glistening, white gobs of Puzder's personality while writhing on a car.

So what is Puzder's strategy for creating American jobs, other than enticing companies to stay in the US by showing them his boobs and offering generous tax felatements? Robots and immigrants, obviously, just like Trump's working-class voters working-class voted for.

Here's Puzder on the record about what creates jobs:
• More immigrants
• Robots to do whatever jobs Puzder's immigrants don't take
• Lower wages
• Less paid leave
• Less company health insurance
Puzder gained his expertise as a job creator by working his way through college and law school. We know this because he cited it in 2014 to explain his opposition to company health care and minimum-wage laws:

"I'm speaking as someone from a working-class family. I started work scooping ice cream for the minimum wage at Baskin-Robbins. To put myself through college and law school while supporting my family, I cut lawns, painted houses and busted concrete with a jackhammer. I know how important these jobs are. For one thing, they taught me—-as no lectures from my parents ever could—-that I needed a good education so I wouldn't have to settle for low-paying work the rest of my life."

Got that? Worked his way through college and learned the value of hard work and a good education (and shitting on your useless fucking parents). It would have been very different if Puzder had put himself through college and law school playing in some fucking long-hair band, he said in a 2009 interview, where he said, "I put myself through college and law school playing in [fucking long-hair] bands."

That's right, in a Fucking News exclusive, we have exclusively read past actual reporting and exclusively compared their contradictory bullshit to each other! It's like labor...for journalists!

Still, despite that one discrepancy in his story, it's not as if hard-working Puzder had the financial means to drop out in the middle of college so he could groove on bitchin' tunes and stick it to The Man for THREE FUCKING YEARS. Unless, of course, you read what Puzder claimed in THIS interview, in which he said he dropped out of Kent State in 1970, and, "I spent the next three years attending concerts and marching on Washington."

But wait, there's more Fucking News exclusive reporting on other people's reporting about Puzder's contradictory reporting about himself!

In 1975, Puzder finally graduated from Cleveland State University. How much student-loan debt was this working-class mower of loans and goer of concerts carrying when he moved to St. Louis, married now, with two kids to feed?

"I moved to St. Louis with about $10,000 in the bank," he explained as if he were one of fucking Fagin's Boys. But that's $10,000 in 1975 money, the equivalent in current dollars of three warehouses stacked to the ceiling with Courvoisier, Tom Collins mix, and Bob Seger double-albums.

Of course, it's possible Puzder's work ethic and educational values were formed earlier than that. "I grew up in farm country in Ohio," he told the St. Louis Business Journal in 2009. Or, as his law-school alumni magazine explained in an interview with him, "As a high schooler, Puzder began playing guitar and singing in rock 'n' roll bands in Cleveland [italics fucking added]." Yup, Puzder's "farm country" town of Chagrin Falls is just a half-hour tractor drive from Cleveland, where farm-country boys go to sing rockabilly.

The honest, small-town, big-city, country-farm, city-rocker values he learned doing whatever the fuck he actually did as a hair-growing, lawn-mowing, Washington-protesting, jackhammer hammerer eventually led him to become a mob lawyer, which is how he came to know the family that both founded the hamburger chain Carl's, Jr., and supported the pickup-dragging-a-chain John Birch Society.

Once ensconced as a successful, respectable, boob-slinging CEO, Puzder criticized a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, which decided that McDonald's was kind of sort of an employer of all those millions of people wearing McDonald's uniforms and selling you McDonald's Chicken McSads. Puzder argued that McDonald's isn't their employer, because McDonald's just franchises its horrific "food" and "aesthetics" out to the real employers, the franchisees. Which means, by his own logic, all those Carl's Jr. jobs weren't created by Puzder, they were created by Carl's, Jr. franchisees, the Carl's Jr. Jr.s.

In other words, a top candidate of Pres.-elect Fucking Trump to be the United States Secretary of Labor is a small-town, big-city, farm 'n' roll, guitar-mowing, Baskin-Robbins-scooping, Washington-marching, mob-defending, hot-grill/hot-girl, Paris Hilton-jizzing, non-job-creating, robot-loving, immigrant-employing, hamburger salesman/pornographer with a law degree in not-economics. You can cast your confirmation vote now, Republican working-man Party!

If Puzder is not confirmed, the Constitution entitles Trump to nominate a Labor Secretary robot capable of automated wage-lowering; regulation-ignoring; and spraying its own shiny, automated boobs with Carl's, Jr., special sauce from Andrew's Puzder.
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