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Sanders To Trump: Use Defense Contracts As Leverage For Carrier Jobs

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Sanders To Trump: Use Defense Contracts As Leverage For Carrier Jobs

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders turned up the pressure on President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday about his pledge to try to stop an Indiana air conditioner manufacturer from moving 1,400 jobs to Mexico.

Both Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and Trump seized on an announcement earlier this year by United Technologies Corp’s Carrier division that it would shift production to Mexico as an example of how trade deals hurt U.S. workers.

Sanders on Saturday warned “it is not good enough to save some of these jobs” and said Trump should use as leverage United Technologies’ defense contracts, Export-Import Bank financing, and tax breaks.

“I call on Mr. Trump to make it clear to the CEO of United Technologies that if his firm wants to receive another defense contract from the taxpayers of this country, it must not move these plants to Mexico,” the senator from Vermont said in a statement.

A representative for Carrier declined to comment on Sanders’ statement.

Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, said on Thursday that he was “working hard, even on Thanksgiving” to get the plant to stay and said he was “making progress” on the issue. Carrier Corp. confirmed it had “discussions with the incoming administration.” Neither side has provided details.

Trump had threatened to slap taxes on the company’s air conditioners made in Mexico and shipped back to the United States. A spokesman was not immediately available for comment on Sanders’ statement on Saturday.

Sanders said he would soon introduce legislation that would prevent companies that outsource from receiving federal contracts, grants and loans, and force companies that outsource jobs to pay a penalty tax and pay back tax breaks.

(Additional reporting by Nick Carey in Chicago; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

IMAGE: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Salem, Oregon, U.S., May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart 

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 26, 2016

    Bernie has a good heart, but I’m afraid he still doesn’t understand the root cause of the problems afflicting those who are worried.
    The loss of jobs is just one symptom of an underlying dysfunction, and which the result is due to a confluence of external social forces and attitudes that are frozen and unable to thrive in human society that is impelled by a Will to undergo changes required for the advancement of humanity the world over.
    Some of the forces that impede members of American society, for example, from moving forward are:
    1) An imbalanced reliance on materialism to the degree of being crippled spiritually; 2) A stubborn clinging to an insane form of patriotism that compels those afflicted to resist embracing a cooperative spirit and since of reciprocity in interacting with all members of society; 3) The constancy in insisting on seeing one’s self as divorced from the well-being of others(a corollary of item 1); 4) An inability and/or unwillingness to adapt and make career changes despite the best the world has to offer to retrain and expand one’s capacity to learn new skills—this is a byproduct of being “conservative” in thought and action.

    This list isn’t exhaustive, but I think it highlights what Bernie, Trump, and others on the Left and the Right, and anywhere in between, are blind to, having boxed themselves into a reality shaped by a materialistic attitude and perception about being human.

    The recrudescence of racism, the constant fear rhetoric, whining and complaining which a certain demographic of the male population in America(and in Europe) have come to excel in—all these factors will only prevent America from moving forward in spiritual degrees, while it continues to focus on materialism, nationalism, and racialism.

    This was the hope which Abdu’l Baha expressed during his visit to America in 1912 when he remarked in a prayer specifically penned for America, part of which follows:

    “O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace.”

    Trump and company are clearly oriented in the opposite direction than what Baha’u’llah has in mind, which Abdu’l Baha and Shoghi Effendi have elaborated on, and which the Universal House of Justice is carefully guiding humanity forward in an unseen way to maintain this vision and expectation.

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    1. dbtheonly November 27, 2016

      Aaron,

      I suggest the problems have less a religious cause and more an economic one.

      1. Mexico has a less expensive standard of living.
      2. As a result Mexican Workers can, and do, accept lower wages than their US counterparts.
      3. Shipping costs are low enough that the manufacturer can transport the products at less cost than the difference between the manufacturing costs.
      4. Companies exist to make profit.

      Thomas Freidman wrote several books on the issue. I believe he cites the fish that are caught in the North Atlantic, shipped to Japan to be turned into sushi, and returned to New York to be sold, still fresh.

      Friedman never gets around to the ultimate ramifications of his findings, though I haven’t read all his books, read as many as you choose, I’d be happy to discuss the issue further. But I will state that his underlying thesis strikes me as convincing.

      And the ramifications scare me.

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      1. Sand_Cat November 27, 2016

        Let’s not bandy about the euphemisms: Mexico doesn’t just have a “less expensive standard of living”: they are a country with great wealth, almost all of which is concentrated in the hands of a tiny minority, much like what the US is becoming. Workers reduced to desperation are forced to take jobs at below-poverty rates and work in dangerous surroundings in plants that pollute the environment. In other words, Mexico is the paradise that most Republicans dream of, so long as THEY are among the wealthy, and Trump is and always has been one of the worst, using imported and undocumented workers on his projects and cheating legitimate American contractors who worked for him

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        1. Jon November 27, 2016

          It was as if you were describing the plight of the Polish workers Trump brought here when he was preparing to build Trump Tower. With Walmart and most food service businesses already committed to paying poverty level wages, more will follow under a Trump administration.

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  2. mildredworden November 26, 2016

    After 5 yrs I resigned from my last job and it was a best decision i made in my life… I started freelancing online, over a site I discovered online, for several hours daily, and my income now is much bigger then it was on my previous work… My check for last month was for 9 thousand dollars… Amazing thing about this work is that now i have more time to spend with my family… http://chilp.it/728813e

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  3. Jim Samaras November 27, 2016

    I applaud Senator Sanders for an attempt to work with Trump to keep jobs in America. I can only hope the rest will follow suit. To be clear Carrier, like Ford will be going nowhere. They may not like it but will live with it and figure out a way to eek a profit. You heard it here first.

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