Ford Motor Company announced this week that they were canceling plans to build a new plant in Mexico and would instead invest in a Michigan assembly factory. The move comes after President-elect Donald Trump singled Ford out on the campaign trail, criticizing them for moving their manufacturing operations out of the United States.
The auto giant will put the kibosh on a $1.6 billion plant they’d planned to build south of the border and invest $700 million in the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The move is expected to create 700 new American jobs.
In an interview with Neil Cavuto, Ford CEO Mark Fields said that Trump’s policies played a role in their decision.
“We’re doing this decision based on what’s right for our business,” Fields said. “As we think about the investments here in Michigan, as you can imagine, Neil, we look at a lot of factors as we make those. One of the factors that we’re looking at is a more positive U.S. manufacturing business environment under President-elect Trump and some of the pro-growth policies he said he’s going to pursue. And so this is a vote of confidence.”
Trump himself tweeted a link to the story on Wednesday, casting it as a sign of things to come. “Instead of driving jobs and wealth away, AMERICA will become the world’s great magnet for INNOVATION & JOB CREATION,” he wrote.
Inevitably, the left will attempt to downplay Trump’s role in bringing the jobs back, just as they did with Carrier and Sprint. Trump could have a success like this every day for the next four years, and the liberal media would never give him credit for any of them. Or, if they do, they’ll dismiss it as meaningless in the overall scheme of the economy – a show, meant solely for the rubes.
Part of it is just reflex; if there’s an opportunity to criticize Trump or belittle him, the biased press can’t resist the bait.
But part of it is because the left knows what Trump is trying to do here, and they’re going to try everything in their power to keep it from working. First, it’s a thousand jobs here. Then, it’s another 700 over there. Perhaps these accomplishments are “meaningless” for American job growth as a whole, but what if they set a trend? What if companies see Carrier and Ford and Sprint benefiting from all of this patriotic publicity?
Once these companies start to view these moves as a powerful form of advertising, the ball could really start rolling. We could see a true American manufacturing renaissance and Trump wouldn’t have to impose a single new tariff.
Should that happen, Democrats can kiss their 2020 chances goodbye. A booming economy is the last thing they want. That makes their motives anti-American.
Of course, anyone who understands the left should not be surprised.