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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters. 

Fox News and much of the conservative media slipped into messiah mode coverage this week when news broke that Carrier, the air conditioner giant, has decided to not move approximately 1,000 manufacturing jobs from Indiana to Mexico as the company had previously planned. President-elect Donald Trump took credit for having negotiated the respite.

Cheering Trump’s hands-on approach and his commitment to the working class, Fox talkers portrayed the Republican’s maneuver in relentlessly glowing terms. “A Big Win For Donald Trump,” announced Bill O’Reilly’s show last night.

Fox’s Stuart Varney claimed Trump had played hardball with Carrier and won: “He strong-armed them. What’s wrong with that?” (According to reports, it was likely the lure of additional tax incentives that convinced Carrier to keep the jobs in Indiana, not being “strong-armed” by Trump.)

Trump’s cheerleader-in-chief Sean Hannity was just gobsmacked by the whole thing, saying on his radio program that he “can’t think of a time in my lifetime where a president-elect or a president ever” did this.

Hannity loved the fact that Trump reached out to corporate America, which is fascinating because you know what Hannity didn’t love in 2009? He didn’t love when newly elected President Obama reached out to Detroit’s auto industry in the form of an $80 billion-dollar bailout. Back then, an unhinged Hannity called Obama every name in the book as conservative pundits accused the president of trying to destroy democracy and capitalism.

Fox News and the entire right-wing noise machine relentlessly denounced Obama as he tried to rescue American manufacturing jobs, which the federal bailout eventually did. One independent study estimated the aggressive government move saved 1.5 million jobs. “This peacetime intervention in the private sector by the U.S. government will be viewed as one of the most successful interventions in U.S. economic history,” the study’s author wrote.

Lots of people might forget, especially in light of the bailout’s stunning success, but Obama’s push to help the Detroit industry once served as a defining line of GOP attack. The bailout symbolized the dangers of Obama’s alleged socialist/gangster leanings. This, despite the fact it was actually President George W. Bush who unveiled the first phase of the bailout plan during the final weeks of his presidency, in order to “avoid a collapse of the U.S. auto industry.”

Nonetheless, the topic soon became a cornerstone of the Tea Party and its overheated attacks on Obama, amplified by Fox News.

Remember how Varney this week toasted Trump for having “strong-armed” Carrier? Back in 2009, the host was furious that Obama was allegedly trying strong arm the public into buying American cars: “[N]ow you’re in the position where the government somehow has to coerce or force us all into buying the small cars that it insists Detroit puts out.” (Varney routinely whined that Obama was a “bully” to business.)

Meanwhile, Glenn Beck, then with Fox News, claimed the bailout reminded him of “the early days of Adolf Hitler.” Fox favorite Michelle Malkin compared the auto deal to a “crap sandwich,” and a “lemon” the U.S. taxpayers would be stuck with “for life.”

Hannity himself berated Obama for engaging in what he called a “mission to hijack capitalism.” And in the infamous words of Rush Limbaugh, it was as if General Motors and Chrysler “bent over and grabbed the ankles.” (Limbaugh loves Trump’s Carrier deal, by the way.)

Question: Why would conservatives be so upset about saving American manufacturing jobs? Seems bizarre, right? But they were furious. So wrapped up in hatred for the new Democratic president, conservative pundits despised the government’s attempt to save GM and Chrysler from bankruptcies. They also seemed to despise the companies’ union workers, suggesting they were wildly overpaid. (Pundits even lied about how much the Detroit autoworkers made.)

Republican politicians were also angry. Mitt Romney, who’s reportedly being considered for a cabinet position in Trump’s administration, derided the auto bailout as a “sweetheart deal disguised as a rescue plan,” and guaranteed that if Detroit companies accepted the aid, you could “kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”

In the end, the bailout that Obama championed saved more than one million jobs, and Fox News still hated it.

If only Obama had saved 1,000 Carrier jobs instead.

IMAGE: President Obama delivers remarks on the U.S. auto industry at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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64 responses to “Remember When Obama Saved 1.5 Million Auto Industry Jobs?”

  1. Godzilla says:

    Lower taxes (incentives) saves 1100 jobs. 100 of millions in a taxpayer bailout and you idiots think it’s comparable, it’s not. Obama stole from the people, against their overwhelming objection, and gave it to the damn Union bosses. That’s THEFT.

    • FireBaron says:

      Hey, ‘Zilla, what about the 1300 jobs at that plant that weren’t saved? Guess Pence and Teflon Donnie couldn’t give enough of the candy store away to save all of them.

  2. olivewhitworth says:

    One year have passed since I resigned from my old work and it was a best decision i made in my life… I started working online, for a company I stumbled upon online, for several hours daily, and my income now is much bigger then it was on my old work… Last paycheck i got was for Nine thousand dollars… Superb thing about it is the more free time i got to spend with my family…

  3. AgLander says:

    There has been loss of 303,000 manufacturing jobs since Obama took office…….those are REAL jobs, REAL people, REAL paychecks lost……..not the pulled out of the air phony number of 1.5 million claimed to be saved by Obama that was computed by Obama and friends as they sat around in the Oval Office eating pizza and throwing darts at a board to arrive at that number!
    It’s time for the Obama JV team to hit the road and the varsity Trump team to Make America Great Again!

    • Michael Allen says:

      You lie.

      • AgLander says:

        Get your butt off that chair at Starbucks instead of sitting around half the day there with your dopey friends complaining about how your parents are mean because they asked you to help around the house….

        • FireBaron says:

          Yep. That’s right. And I would bet that the owners of all those companies that offshored the jobs are on the speed dial for donors for the Republicans in office. Thanks to their gutting of regulatory controls, and their disruptions of Unions, all those great high-paying manufacturing jobs have left the country.

      • GODBlessRealAmerica#1 says:


    • browninghipower says:

      Ah..The Great Cut and Paste Moron rides the cybernate again! Didn’t I just read this tripe above from someone else? Try to be original before you plagiarize or whatever it is you ignorant clowns do.

      • AgLander says:

        Try looking at the times listed for the comments being posted, moron. You liberals aren’t too smart are you! Back to your parents basement with you!! (grab yourself an egg salad sandwich from the frig on your way down.)

      • David Rolo says:

        You are a fucking idiot. 10 hours difference you douchebag.

      • GODBlessRealAmerica#1 says:

        Ah a Liberal racist thug response is angry PRESIDENT TRUMP is yo PRESIDENT whether your racist hateful Moronic liberal ASS like sit or not now sit down kid!!You are an ignorant low energy Liberal!

    • Thoughtopsy says:

      I think you’re getting stupider.
      Try coming up with something that is not obviously a fantasy.

      You may wish to include references to all the times Obama tried to stop companies moving their manufacturing off shore, penalize them and limit or stop corporate inversions… and what happened?
      The Republicans blocked every single one.

      There’s some real patriotism.

  4. charleo1 says:

    Lower taxes, and incentives are concessions to Carrier that leave a bill the citizens of the U.S. and the citizens of Indiana will need to pay in one way or another. A void in their school, health, infrastructure, and government services budgets that will go unfunded. So as to juice the profits of one of the largest, and already most profitable corporations in the World, United Technologies. The cutting of regulations which was also part of the “deal.” Could make the air dirtier, the water around their facilities less potable, the workplace more dangerous, and the final product less durable, with the warranty to consumers that back that product weaker. We can be glad for the employees, and the better Christmas they will enjoy, but at what ultimate cost? Lower wages, and fewer job benefits inevitably lead to higher public debt, and more pressure on an already strapped Social Security, and Medicare health system to fill the gap.
    GM was a loan, combined with a major restructuring of legacy debt in which retired workers took a tremendous financial hit. Carrier was a government giveaway solution that in the long run we as taxpayers, and we as a Country, simply cannot afford. But I’m sure, irrespective of the costs, Trump’s victory lap will make the economic simpletons that voted for this shyster, and this master of the con, exuberantly happy. At least until the final bill arrives.

  5. Michael Allen says:

    Complaining, pissing, moaning and whining are strategies that work: Keeping the public in fear and worried for their future

  6. FireBaron says:

    Shhhh. You aren’t allowed to talk about the jobs he saved. That would be giving him credit for a success.
    For the same reason, you are not allowed to talk about the net job creation, the increase in home values and the doubling of the DJIA. After all, you cannot make it look like he was successful in anything. That would defeat the GOP narrative!

    • Box says:

      What success? Passing out Obamaphones to buy votes with? And which such measures were against the Constitution? That success?

      • Thoughtopsy says:

        Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

        What success?
        Oh gee… let’s see…
        – DOW Jones Index?
        – Jobs?
        – Deficit?
        – Pulling the American Economy out of the Bush-the-Dumber nosedive?
        – Wall Street bailout avoiding a complete financial meltdown?
        – Avoiding another messy quagmire war in the Middle East?
        – Iran deal?
        – Russia sanctions?
        – Health Insurance for 27 million people?
        – Killing Bin Laden?
        – Hammering ISIS to the point that it’s almost over? (Without starting a war)

        What about the things he tried hard but failed to succeed with:
        – Constant infrastructure bills… Blocked by Republicans.
        (But now suddenly Trump proposes Infrastructure spending and… wow… all the Republicans suddenly think it’s a great idea!!!)
        – Constant bills to block companies moving manufacturing jobs offshore, penalise them for it, and bring them back… All blocked by Republicans.
        (But now Trump suggests it and… wow… all on board!!!)

        Republicans = Hypocrites.

        You’re a sad joke.
        Stop embarrassing yourself.

  7. GODBlessRealAmerica#1 says:

    Obama= he did nothing but create division, disrespect, low energy policies and disgraced the oval office!!!
    We lost 303,000 manufacturing jobs since Obama took office…….those are REAL jobs, REAL people, REAL paychecks lost……..not the pulled out of the air phony number of 1.5 million claimed to be saved by Obama that was computed by Obama and friends as they sat around in the Oval Office eating pizza and throwing darts at a board to arrive at that number!

    It’s time for the Obama JV team to hit the road and the varsity Trump team to Make America Great Again! PRESIDENT TRUMP 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Box says:

    What GM jobs? You mean the ones he bought with taxpayer cash? And the bailout money was never paid back and is STILL part of our debt today. And real estate, he didnt cause the crash in 2008 but he handled it badly afterwards (bailouts) and values went in HALF, not double. And because of how both he and the banks handled lending rules later, the market has never come back with the exception of a few areas that were already in better shape to begin with. And why didnt the market recover? Because even today people are no better qualified for a loan than they were then because the middle class job market remains non-existent. What Obama doesnt want or care about is the restoration of the middle class. We have rich or poor and thats it, and at no time in our history has the wealth gap been so great and the wealth concentrated into such few hands which aided and abetted the rise of communism which I, for one, dont want.

    Obamas success or failure depends on who you talk to. People wanting a classless, robin hood-esque welfare system would like Obama, and those wanting a restoration of the middle class would hate him. Its pretty much that simple.

  9. GODBlessRealAmerica#1 says:

    obama did nothing but destroy America…Obama a ajoke hahahahahah thank god hes gone wooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooooooo

    January 20th, 2017!

  10. GODBlessRealAmerica#1 says:

    • Thoughtopsy says:

      How’s that filling the swamp going, Dumbass?
      How’s the Wall building plans?
      How’s the “Deporting of all illegals” going?
      How’s the jailing of “Crooked Hillary” going?

      You know what’s going to be fun?
      Watching your world crumble as you realise you’ve been lied to… and conned… and screwed….
      And you totally bought it.
      And sinker.

  11. John Chambers says:

    First of all BS. Obama didn’t save 1.5 million jobs during the auto bailout. Chrysler only had 75,000 total jobs and GM had 218,000. That is 293,000 jobs.

    I love how the Obama administration and the main stream media like to fix numbers to make him look good. According to the Department of Labor’s own stats, in 2008, the Auto industry as a whole had a total of 950,000 jobs, of which only the above 293,000 jobs were in companies that received a bailout. He doesn’t get credit for saving jobs for companies that told him to stick it. which is the other 657,000 jobs that good old hard working american companies made it on their own. Obama did not save the entire auto industry, he bailed out only GM and Chrysler. Which I would never by another one of their cars. It is just like the fact that 91 million working age americans stopped looking for work, but some how we are under 5% unemployment. BFS.

  12. Name says:

    No , I don’t remember Obama saving the auto industry. I remember GWB signing a multibillion $ bailout of the auto industry and Oblamer taking credit.

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