Trump News: Carrier, Mattis, Recent Tweets

Recent Tweets

He’s doing pretty good on this front:

I expected him to keep saying politically incorrect things that roil the news cycle. That’s one of the major reasons why I supported him.

General Mattis for Defense

General James Mattis sounds like a bit of a hawk on Iran, but there are no real surprises here. Trump made his position clear on that issue during the campaign:

“Mattis, whose nicknames include “Mad Dog” and the “Warrior Monk,” has had a leading hand in some of the U.S. military’s most significant operations in the past 20 years. As a one-star general, he led an amphibious task force of Marines that carried out a November 2001 raid in helicopters on Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, giving the Pentagon a new foothold against the Taliban after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Using the call sign “Chaos,” he commanded a division of Marines during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and returned there the following year to lead Marines in bloody street fighting in the city of Fallujah.

Mattis continued to rise through the ranks and establish his credentials as a military thinker, co-authoring the U.S. military’s new counterinsurgency manual with then-Army Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus while Mattis was a three-star general at Quantico, Va. …”

I don’t know much about him. I do know people who served with him who speak highly of him. He sounds like a Patton or MacArthur figure.

Carrier

I haven’t had the time to comment on the Carrier deal:

“Back in early 2016, an appliance manufacturer named Carrier decided to move 1,400 jobs from its plant in Indiana to Mexico. Then Donald Trump happened.

Looking to make good on Trump’s promises to restore American jobs and manufacturing, the incoming administration started talking with Carrier soon after the election. On Tuesday, the president-elect and Carrier struck a deal to keep “close to 1,000 jobs” in Indiana.

Now, the deal might owe more to tax sweeteners offered by Indiana’s state government, where Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence is governor. And Carrier and its parent company may have just decided the savings from Mexican labor weren’t worth possibly pissing off the new administration.

But what’s really significant isn’t how the deal went down. It’s that Trump was smart enough to claim credit for the outcome. …”

A few thoughts:

1.) First, I can’t remember George W. Bush or Obama ever going out of their way to save White working class jobs, much less before they were even sworn into office, so that’s a good sign and a welcome change from the status quo.

2.) Second, I don’t really like the conservative method of using tax incentives to stop companies from moving factories abroad. I prefer tariffs to promote domestic manufacturing, but I guess this is better than nothing.

3.) Third, the most important thing here is that this is a break with laissez-faire doctrine. Hopefully, it is a harbinger of things to come.

Note: James Pethokoukis hates the Carrier deal which is always a good sign.

38 Comments

  1. If Trump stops job loss overseas and simultaneously shrinks the labor pool by expelling many (if not all) illegals,

    He will win with 70% of the vote in 2020.

  2. Good stuff. I especially like his tweet about the nigger Somalian.

    Stopping immigration is a top priority and he seems to be on the right track.

    • For all intents and purposes Trump is already the new President. “Backdoor Barry” Soetoro will be the first and thankfully last spade to ever occupy the Oval Office.

  3. I wonder if Carrier’s sales have fallen since announcing that they would move their plant to Mexico? I had to replace my ac this summer and deliberately paid more for an American-made system. I can’t be the only one to do so. Oreos also seem to always be on sale lately. Maybe Americans are starting to boycott where they can?

    • I accidentally bought a package of Nabisco Pinwheels the other day. It won’t happen again. Nor will I buy any more Kellogg’s products, eat at Subway or shop at Target. If those assholes don’t like White America then they can peddle their crap to all those nonexistent Mexican consumers who were supposed to magically appear as a result of NAFTA.

      • My wife likes their corn flakes.

        Since they ran those commercials featuring a black dad, white mom and mixed kid we stopped buying all their products entirely.

        Many off brands in large supermarket chains and Aldi stores are just as good anyway and much cheaper in price.

      • Remember the Cheerios ad with the nigger/mudshark couple and their mongrel kid? It’s getting more common on TV and other mass media outlets but White Genocide is a Nazi conspiracy theory.

  4. I’d rather have him in charge of ICE.

    Larry Schweikart Retweeted
    Jeff B/DDHQ [email protected]
    Probably the greatest Gen. James Mattis (SecDef) quote ever: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

  5. After watching his speech I don’t think there is reason enough to be concerned. He doubled down on the WALL and made it explicitly clear that immigration from the Middle East is over.

  6. It’s been reported that retired Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis used to carry a copy of ‘Meditations‘ by Marcus Aurelius with him on campaign.

    Awesome!

  7. I understand that Mattis considers the so-called alliance with Israel a “liability.” Good stuff. But is this a problem with the Tel Aviv-run Senate in confirmation hearings?

  8. Another initiative of his that I’ve seen mentioned is his intention to reduce pharmaceutical costs to levels comparable with other countries. That should be extremely popular among the rank and file voter.

  9. It is about time someone stood up for the American worker whether blue or white collar, but a big issue is how Congress shoots us in the foot with too much regulation and other favors. The jobs from Lifesavers and Nabisco are because of the sugar lobby so these companies moved to a country where their raw product cost were lower. Obama and Congress have destroyed jobs with CAFE and CO2 regulation and Obamacare. Low corporate taxes and modest tariffs would go a long way.

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